Your home’s air conditioning is essential for getting through this hot summer that we are going to have in Minneapolis. Every time your air is on, however, you are spending money on the electricity it takes to power your air conditioner. With standard thermostats, you will have to make sure to change it every time, and it will cost you if you forget to change it. Programmable thermostats can help you solve that problem, and they have other benefits.
Save You Money
A programmable thermostat can save you money by automatically changing the temperatures in your home around your schedule. For example, if you are going into work or on vacation, you can program your thermostat at a higher temperature so that your air conditioner doesn’t have to use too much energy while you’re away. According to the US Department of Energy, “you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.”
Energy efficiency goes hand-in-hand with saving money. With your air conditioner not using as much energy, that also helps make it energy efficient. Energy efficiency isn’t always easy, but in this case, it is.
Longer-Lasting Air Conditioner
Programming your thermostat for different temperatures relieves your air conditioner from working to keep your home at a lower temperature constantly. Because it has a chance to take a break of wear, your air conditioner will last longer. Typically, your air conditioner can last up to 15 years, but if it’s taken care of properly, it can last more than 20 years. If you like the idea of your air conditioner lasting longer, getting tune-ups is something you should look into.
Zoning Your Home
Some programmable thermostats allow you to zone your home to have the air conditioning running in one area while it is off in another area. This lowers the amount of energy used in your home while you are there. These tend to be more expensive initially, but pay themselves off over time with the energy you save.
If you would like to learn more about programmable thermostats, check out our cooling products or give us a call. At Twin City Heating and Air, we want to help you save money and keep cool this summer.