It may seem like an odd question to ask simply because most people don’t regard their thermostat as having that much power. But it does. Your thermostat is the control center for your heating and cooling, controlling when your HVAC system turns on, for how long, and when it turns off. If you are using an outdated slide or dial thermostat in your Helotes, TX, home, you are already short-changing yourself. How? Let’s take a look.
The Outdated Thermostat
Why are outdated thermostats short-changing you? The first way is by having an inability to set an exact temperature. Dial and slide thermostats have temperatures in ranges of five degrees. This may not seem like a big deal, but it adds up quickly when the EPA estimates that a single degree you can save during heating or cooling season equals 3% of your total annual costs. A temperature that is off by three degrees can mean you are paying 10% more per year in heating and cooling costs. This will never happen with a new thermostat that has a digital read-out.
A second way an old thermostat can be problematic is you have no ability to program. Programming allows you the convenience of setting up a program that schedules your heating and cooling, powering down either one when your home isn’t occupied. With a dial or slide thermostat, you’ll have to remember to turn your heating and cooling down and up each time you depart and arrive home. This won’t be the case with a programmable thermostat.
Have you ever wanted to adjust your heating (or cooling) when you’ve been away from home? With a smart thermostat, you can, thanks to a downloadable app. There is no possible way to access a dial or slide thermostat remotely.
An outdated thermostat is likely decreasing your home’s energy efficiency and comfort. The experts from D’Spain Sales & Service, Inc., can help you find and install an upgraded thermostat – call us today!