Here’s the deal about thermostats: digital is just better! JM Heating offers thermostat installation and repair services for existing thermostats to residents in Longmont and throughout Colorado. Cities in the Front Range tend to feature older homes and buildings with manual thermostats, which simply aren’t as smart or efficient as a digital thermostat.
Programmable thermostats will adjust temperatures throughout the day, depending on pre-set cycles and settings and whether your home naturally falls outside of a desired range. These cycles change with the time of day, and in the case of zoned heating and cooling systems, can vary due to the needs of specific rooms in your home. If you are away from your home during the day, a programmable thermostat can save you money by cooling your home only when you are present to enjoy the comfortable climate. They store and repeat these daily cycles, but can be manually overridden at any time without affecting the overall program.
Save Money with a New Thermostat
According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by turning your thermostat down 7-10 degrees for eight hours a day. You can also save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68 degrees while awake, and lower when you’re asleep or away. 78 degrees is the recommended setting for summer months.
Homeowners should note that setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when running the air conditioning does not cool your home any faster. This results in “excessive” cooling, which can lead to unnecessary energy costs. Talk to our HVAC technicians when getting your thermostat repaired or replaced to ensure you understand how to use the settings and most efficiently heat and cool your home.
Types of Thermostats
Programmable thermostats are usually digital, electromechanical, or a combination of the two. The digital thermostats offer more features like multiple settings, overrides, adjustment for daylight savings time, and more. These are more difficult to program overall, but can be worth the savings and customization available. Electromechanical thermostats mostly involve a sliding bar that is simple to program.
Where to put your thermostat
A thermostat may not be as efficient if it’s placed in the wrong spot in your home. Thermostats should typically go on interior walls, away from drafts, doorways, and any type of direct sunlight falls on the thermostat itself. These positions can lead to ghost readings, which can cause a furnace or air conditioner to cycle unnecessarily.
When heading into heating season, consider tuning up or replacing an old thermostat for a newer, more efficient model. Call our experts at JM Heating to schedule a thermostat installation or repair or hear more information about our services.