In Port Allen, Louisiana, we rely on our HVAC systems to keep our homes cool and dehumidified, especially during the summer months. But running the air conditioner at a constant temperature can raise your energy bills. Something as simple as changing your thermostat can enable you to make more efficient choices when you’re away from the house. Here’s how:
Programmable Thermostats Help With Heat Transfer
Heat transfer describes heat loss or gain when the difference between the outside temperature and the inside conditioned air is dramatically different. If it’s a blistering 100-degree day and you have the thermostat set at 65 degrees, your air conditioner will have to work harder to keep the temperature that low, whereas a setting of 75 degrees lessens the HVAC system’s load. It doesn’t have to work as much to keep the temperature lower than outside. A programmable thermostat lets you set the temperature for every hour of the day if you want. When you’re at work and you don’t require it to be as cool as when you’re home, it makes sense to lessen that differential as much as you can.
Learning Thermostats Follow Your Patterns
Once you’ve set up hourly programming, many modern thermostats use data such as your location, the outside temperature and humidity, and the amount of time it takes to cool a certain room to apply algorithms that respond to your family’s specific patterns. The thermostats can adjust within a few energy-saving degrees at various times during the day so you’re saving money without doing any work yourself.
Wi-Fi Connectivity Gives You Ultimate Control
Even if you’re running a fine-tuned program, you may still want to make changes or monitor the HVAC system from your office. Modern thermostats connect via Wi-Fi and you can make adjustments through a smartphone app. This can be particularly helpful if you’re traveling and you want to monitor the settings from afar.
Are you still living with an old-fashioned thermostat that you leave on one setting all day? Call our team at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Baton Rouge at (225) 320-4162 to explore new thermostat technology for your HVAC system.