If you have an older home or are renovating one, you may be considering options for upgrading your manual thermostat. One terrific choice is a digital or smart thermostat; the ability to program them offers a number of benefits that make it more than worth the cost to switch. Here are 3 things to know about digital thermostats:
1. You will enjoy noticeable cost savings on your heating and cooling bills. Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature of your home so that it matches your preferred comfort level. Whether you're traveling on vacation or just away from the house for a couple hours, you can set the thermostat a little higher in summer or a little lower in winter to save on energy costs, and then have it automatically adjust before you return. You can create a schedule that follows your family's routine, allowing you to reduce energy usage when nobody is home.
2. Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to take advantage of the seasons and the positions of the sun to maximize the efficiency of their HVAC system. When the summer sun is at its afternoon peak, you can adjust the temperature in your home to stay cool. During winter, you can reduce the thermostat to let the sun help heat up your home. If you have multiple climate zones, you can program each zone so unused living areas aren't unnecessarily using energy.
3. Many digital thermostats offer high-tech options. Newer models are typically equipped with WiFi or technology that allows you to control your thermostat with a smartphone or tablet while you're away from home (or even just comfortable on your couch). If you're away on vacation, and the weather is unusually warm or cold for the season, you can make adjustments from far away and have your home's temperature be where you want it when you return.
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