Getting smart about energy efficiency with the right thermostat

Smart thermostat with dial

With energy costs on the rise, anything a homeowner can do to increase their energy efficiency and reduce their utility bills is welcome news.

One of the few things a homeowner can invest in is a programmable thermostat or a smart thermostat. Home comfort begins with the right thermostat at the right setting but this doesn’t have to break the bank.

If you have a manual thermostat, it can be used efficiently in homes that don’t require a lot of adjustments in temperature. But for those who leave home for hours a day or want to adjust comfort levels at night, a programmable thermostat or a smart thermostat can keep us comfortable while saving us some cash.

Programmable thermostats

Programmable thermostats use fixed schedules to change the temperature in your home. When you and the kids are out at work and school, you can program your HVAC system to run less. You can keep your home a little hotter or cooler while you’re gone but set the system to bring the temperature to a more comfortable setting by the time you return.

These often run on a daily or weekly schedule and many have different schedules for the heat versus the air conditioning.

While these often work with little or no oversight, you may need to adjust them after time changes, power outages or changes in family activity.

Smart thermostats

Smart thermostats are very similar to their cousin, the smartphone, in that they are intuitive and make it easy to schedule your HVAC usage. You can schedule your HVAC to run less while you’re out of the home with the swipe of a finger and you can track your energy use using real-time data.

Many smart thermostats also have movement detectors so they can sense when members of the household are home and active. Over time, the thermostat “learns” when the house needs to be heated or cooled based on your family’s movements.

Your Brooklyn heating experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning can help you pick the right thermostat for your needs and install it so that it’s ready for your family’s use.

Call us today at (718) 748-1254 to schedule an appointment to talk to one of our HVAC professionals about how the right thermostat can save you money.

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