According to the most recent Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), about 55% of all residential energy consumption is from space heating and air conditioning. With heating and cooling being such a significant component of energy consumption in US households, everyone wants to boost energy efficiency and lower electricity bills.
There are lots of ways to achieve energy savings in the spring, summer, and winter. But one of your biggest tools in maximizing energy efficiency, saving on electricity bills, and enhancing home comfort is your thermostat.
Main Types of Thermostats
A manual thermostat, also known as an analog thermostat, is the most basic type of thermostat. As the name implies, a manual thermostat must be manually adjusted. Manual thermostats work and might be long-lasting, but they’re quickly being replaced by more energy-efficient and advanced technology.
Manual thermostats may have a lower upfront cost because they are less advanced, but they don’t offer the same temperature accuracy as updated thermostats. Therefore, with manual thermostats, you often use more energy than you need.
Manual thermostats also rely on you to adjust the temperature, and it’s easy to forget to constantly adjust your thermostat, leading to unnecessary use of energy. With today’s technology, it’s time to let your thermostat do the work.
Programmable thermostats are a step above manual thermostats and make adjusting and managing your home temperatures much easier.
With a programmable thermostat, you can set the desired home temperature, and it adjusts daily to meet that setting without you having to do so manually. For more convenience, you can program these thermostats to adjust to different components of your schedule, such as times when everyone is away, or everyone is sleeping.
A programmable thermostat will have a higher upfront cost than a manual thermostat because it offers more advanced technology, better temperature accuracy, and other benefits.
Smart thermostats are the most modern and advanced of all thermostats and take energy efficiency to the next level. Similar to programmable thermostats, smart thermostats can be programmed to adjust to your schedule and temperature preferences, but they do so much more than that.
Smart thermostats are WiFi-enabled, so that you can adjust the temperature in your home from anywhere via your smartphone. Smart thermostats also come with tons of other perks like providing energy reports and notifying you when it’s time to change your air filter. Newer smart thermostats can also be connected to home systems like Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa.
If you already have a programmable thermostat, you don’t need a smart thermostat. But it’s a great option if you’re a big fan of technology, convenience, and added perks.
Why Upgrade Your Thermostat?
Regardless of whether you are currently have a manual thermostat or an old programmable one, there are many reasons to upgrade. At the most basic level, you want to upgrade your thermostat for the same reasons you would update any home appliance.
Over time and through wear and tear, your thermostat will start to function with reduced efficiency and accuracy. The dead zone, which is the temperature range where your thermostat should activate and adjust, but doesn’t, will grow wider. These factors will reduce the comfort in your home, lower the efficiency of your HVAC system, and lead to more spending on heating and cooling.
All in all, the better your thermostat is, the more efficiently your HVAC system will run. Whether you’re looking to upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat, there are many benefits including:
All homeowners want to save money, and upgrading your thermostat will help you do just that. According to the Department of energy, adjusting your thermostat with daily settings can save you up to 10% on energy spending per year.
Programmable thermostats and smart thermostats make these adjustments as easy as possible. More advanced smart thermostats even use trends to find more ways for you to save energy.
Enhance Home Comfort
You know that perfect temperature that is just right and makes your home feel so nice? With an updated programmable or smart thermostat, your home stays at that temperature all the time, so you never have to sacrifice comfort at home. Upgraded thermostats also help minimize major hot and cold spots.
Save Time and Boost Convenience
When you upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat, you don’t have to waste time manually adjusting your temperature settings. Programmable thermostats match your schedule, have vacation modes, and more.
Smart systems can even learn your family’s habits and adjust accordingly, so everything is taken care of for you. Not only does this save you time, but it also alleviates the headache of forgetting about temperature adjustments.
For optimal convenience, with smart thermostats, you can even adjust your thermostat whenever you need from your smartphone or other WiFi-enabled devices.
Increase Home Energy Efficiency and HVAC Lifespan
An upgraded thermostat will help your entire HVAC system run more efficiently. The more efficient your HVAC system runs, the less wear and tear it suffers, leading to a longer lifespan and less time and money spent on repairs.
Manual or older thermostats only show you the temperature, but when you upgrade your thermostat, you get access to more useful data.
Programmable and smart thermostats can help track energy usage, warn about system issues, and notify you when it’s time to change your air filter. This data access leads to optimal energy efficiency, improved air quality, and more.
If you have multiple climate zones in your home or want to use a zoning system, then you should upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat. These thermostats make adjusting temperatures for each zone more accurate, effective, and easier. Effective zoning leads to more energy efficiency and lower electricity bills.
If you’re a fan of environmental options, then updating to a new programmable or smart thermostat is the way to go. Since these updated thermostats only increase energy use when required, they lead to an overall reduction in energy consumption, which is better for your wallet and the planet.
Upgrading Your HVAC Efficiency With AirXperts
If you’re looking to improve your HVAC system and enjoy all the energy and money-saving benefits that come with it, we’re here to help. From determining the best thermostat update to all your HVAC installation, maintenance, replacement, needs the professionals at AirXperts are just a call away. Contact us today!