How Your Thermostat Could Help Save You Money
Most people are prone to running their heater all the time during the winter. But though this can keep your home warm, it can also lead to a costly energy bill. According to Energy Star, most Americans spend an average of $2,000 a year on their energy bills, and almost one-third of those funds are because of your heater. At Cahill, we are committed to helping our customers have a functional HVAC unit without breaking the bank. There are a few things you can do with your HVAC unit to conserve some energy, but did you know that your thermostat can also help you save?
Choose the right thermostat - there are several types of thermostats that will work for your home. The first is a manual thermostat, which allows you to adjust the temperature in your home by pressing up and down buttons. Usually, these devices are found in older homes and work well for those who spend a lot of time at home. The second is a programmable thermostat. With this type of device, you can set your home’s temperature based on a preset schedule. As the EPA reports, you can save nearly $200 a year with a programmable thermostat. Lastly, there is a smart thermostat, which allows you to set your thermostat from a mobile device.
Adjust your thermostat - whether you choose a thermostat that is programmable or continue operating it manually, it is still a good idea to manage your thermostat settings. One thing you can do to reduce energy costs is to turn your device down or off when you are away from your home. As the Energy Department reports, you can save up to 10% on your energy bill by simply adjusting your device between 7-10 degrees lower than your standard setting.
Don’t force your thermostat - often, we are in such a rush to heat or cool our homes that we adjust the thermostat too high or too low. Not only does this mean that your thermostat will run longer to reach your ideal setting, but it will cost you more money in the long run. By following these simple tips you can ensure your home will remain at a cozy temperature without breaking the bank. If your curious about updating your thermostat or you need maintenance for your HVAC unit, contact Cahill today.