Arkansas is definitely no stranger to weather extremes, and we often run our heating and air conditioning on the same day. This can lead to some very high (and unpredictable) energy bills, and no shortage of hesitation when it comes to setting the thermostat to the temperature that you really want.
Our team at Dash Heating & Cooling is Arkansas’ leader in programmable thermostat installation, and we can show you how a programmable thermostat can lower your bills and pay for itself over time with energy savings. But it doesn’t stop there. Most household comfort systems have a life expectancy of 10-13 years, but with reduced usage during off-peak hours, you can often prolong the life of your unit. Here’s how to maximize your energy savings with a programmable thermostat:
Document your routines - You probably already have a good idea of the times when you and your family wake up and go to sleep, but it’s not a bad idea to spend a week or two jotting them down. You’ll be setting your thermostat to make adjustments when your family is asleep, or at work and school, so be sure to give the system time to be at the desired temperatures by the time that everyone wakes up or gets home...an hour is usually sufficient.
Agree on a temperature range - This will be more challenging for some families than others, but the whole family has to commit to energy savings. Decide on your preferred temperature range based on what the weather’s doing outside, and set your thermostat accordingly.
Be flexible - Arkansas weather is notoriously unpredictable, but the manual override on a programmable thermostat allows you to take sudden temperature changes in stride. Many thermostats now also include Wi-Fi accessibility, so when the unexpected happens, you can pull out your smart phone and use an app to have your house at the temperature you want before you get home from work.
If you have any questions about programmable thermostats, give us a call. Programmable thermostats are easy to use, and if you don’t have one, chances are your heating and cooling bills are costing more than necessary. Contact us online for a free estimate, or give us a call at (501) 224-3274 and see what you've been missing out on with your old thermostat.