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Whether you own a small, single family home or a large office building, you know that saving energy is a great way to cut down on your electricity bills while protecting the environment. Perhaps you’ve already put cost-saving measures such as turning your thermostat up slightly and switching off the A/C while you’re not at home or work into place. Changing your own behaviors and using your HVAC system consciously is a great way to cut down on energy costs.

Updating your HVAC equipment is also a great way to cut down on utility bills and control energy usage. One of the best ways to take your energy-saving efforts to the next level is to install a programmable thermostat that will function as the brains of your home or business’s heating and cooling system. These advanced thermostats provide an excellent way to boost energy efficiency while combating the warm summers and cool winters that Bradenton, FL residents and business owners face.

What is A Programmable Thermostat?

If your home or business has a central heating and cooling system, you are likely dependent on a thermostat to control the temperature of the air that is circulated throughout your home or building. Many older thermostats must be set and adjusted by hand, meaning that you can only turn on your A/C system or change the temperature of a room by physically pressing buttons on your thermostat. While this does allow for precise temperature control, you do not have the ability to control your HVAC system while you are in a room without a thermostat or are outside of your home.

Unlike these traditional types of thermostats, a programmable thermostat provides for absolutely flexible control of a building’s heating and cooling systems. You can program these types of thermostats to turn on and off at a certain time of the day. Most thermostats allow for six or more daily heating or cooling programs. Some advanced thermostats can even be controlled remotely via a smartphone or computer application. This type of thermostat allows you to control the temperature in your building around the clock and can thus help boost energy efficiency.

Understanding Thermostat Programs

Heating or cooling programs are at the heart of these advanced thermostats. You will be able to create different programs to meet your individual needs. For instance, many homeowners turn their A/C units on before they go to bed in the evening to facilitate sound sleep but wake up to a cold house. It’s possible to create a program that automatically turns your HVAC unit on or off at a given time. This offers serious energy savings over a traditional thermostat, which allows for control of temperature but doesn’t provide for your changing needs throughout the day. Of course, you can always manually change the temperature when using these types of thermostats. Manual overrides will not affect the thermostat’s internal memory, meaning that your programs will run as planned when the next heating or cooling cycle starts.

Understanding Heating and Cooling Zones

In addition to creating programs with an advanced thermostat, you may also be able to control different zones within your home or business. Controlling each different area of a building individually can present serious energy savings, especially given that not every room in a home or office is in use around the clock. With zone control, you can choose to let your living room get warmer at night while still cooling your bedroom. If you own a business where you store temperature-sensitive computer networking drives, you can keep only the area where network equipment is stored cool when no one is in the building.

Zone control thermostats can be installed in most buildings. However, it may be necessary to make other modifications to your HVAC system before you can use a zone-controlled thermostat. Your professional HVAC technician can best assess your building’s readiness for zone control and will suggest any improvements that should be made to your HVAC system before a new thermostat is installed.

How Can A High-Tech Thermostat Boost Your Building’s Energy Efficiency?

Cutting down on electricity costs by boosting energy efficiency is a top priority for many home and business owners. However, you may find yourself wondering how much of a difference an advanced thermostat can really make. Keep in mind that an advanced thermostat can help you save on your Bradenton, FL, energy bills in all of the following ways:

  • Programs allow you a high level of control over when your HVAC system is in use and how long your heater or cooler runs before it shuts off.
  • These thermostats can make automatic adjustments, meaning that your energy costs won’t go up just because you forgot to adjust the thermostat before heading out of town for the weekend.
  • Zone control will help you to choose the areas that must be cooled or heated while avoiding unnecessary heating or cooling in other areas.
  • Many advanced thermostats can be remotely controlled, meaning that you’ll be able to turn off the A/C or furnace even if you’re away from home.
  • Programs to turn the unit on right before you get home help you to enjoy a comfortable at-home environment without leaving your HVAC unit running all day.

It’s important to remember that while an advanced thermostat can reduce energy usage and cut down on utility bills, the greatest saving will be recognized when you also use a modern, highly efficient HVAC system. You may be able to take advantage of tax credits, incentives or rebates if you purchase and install an energy-efficient air conditioner, heat pump or furnace. Your HVAC technician can explain these incentives to you.

Choosing The Right Programmable Thermostat for Your Needs

Before you choose an advanced thermostat for your home or business, you should think through your needs. Choosing the right thermostat for your HVAC system and personal preferences is essential. You may also find it helpful to read consumer reviews or talk to your local utility company about the types of savings that you can expect after installing a new thermostat. Remember that your thermostat will provide the highest level of efficiency if you adopt smart, energy-saving practices such as keeping your thermostats set to 78 degrees while you are home.

What Factors Do You Need to Consider?

It’s important to ask yourself all of the following questions before purchasing a new, advanced thermostat. Be sure to take the structure of your home or office and any special needs into consideration before making a final thermostat decision.

  • Do you need a thermostat that can handle multiple zones or do you need a thermostat that sets programs for your whole home?
  • How many programs will you need to run on your thermostat per day?
  • Are you using a heat pump or specialized system that requires a different type of thermostat?
  • Is it important that you are able to control the thermostat remotely over a wifi connection?

Working with A Professional HVAC Contractor

Choosing a new thermostat can be a daunting task. After all, you want to be sure that you are purchasing a thermostat that will allow you to decrease energy usage while maintaining a comfortable environment in your home or office. You will also need to determine whether or not the thermostat you wish to buy is compatible with your current HVAC system. The best way to ensure that your needs are met is to work with a professional HVAC contractor. Only a professional can provide you with up-to-date thermostat information, advice and guidance.

At Aqua Plumbing & Air Quality Service, we understand that every home and business owner has different HVAC needs. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service possible to individuals throughout the Bradenton, FL area. Our friendly, professional staff will be happy to guide you as you pick an advanced thermostat for your home or office. Please call us today to learn more about your thermostat options and our professional installation services.