Energy Efficient Programmable Thermostats in DC, MD & VA
Looking for a way to manage your Maryland, Washington, DC or Virginia home’s temperature more efficiently? Here’s a secret: you don’t need to install the latest energy efficient heat pump or furnace, you don’t need a new air conditioner and, best of all, you don’t need to sacrifice your family’s comfort! As it turns out, controlling your home’s temperature can be extremely easy – all you need is a programmable thermostat from Magnolia Heating & Air Conditioning!
Benefits of Programmable Thermostats
The best thing about installing a programmable thermostat is that it allows you to set the temperature in your home to its most efficient level based on the time of day. For example, if your home is empty for long stretches at a time, for instance when you are at work and the kids are at school, you probably don’t need your AC to be pumping in cold air. If you’ve already been careful about this, you probably change the temperature every day right before everyone leaves and set the thermostat back to normal when you get home. This is where a programmable thermostat comes in. Programmable thermostats allow you to program (fancy that!) temperature settings for different times of the day, so you can sync them to your schedule and just let them go!
Going away for a few days? Let your programmable thermostat take care of the temperature! Most programmable thermostats have vacation override settings that allow you to keep a constant temperature for any period of time. You can even set them to bring your home back to the correct temperature when you return.
Best Ways to Use a Programmable Thermostat
Before you install a programmable thermostat, make sure to choose a location where it will be the most efficient. Surprisingly, there is a lot to consider when installing a programmable thermostat – fortunately, doing it right is well worth the time. To get the best results from a programmable thermostat, make sure it is installed along an interior wall and kept away from any heating or cooling elements, including heating and cooling vents, doorways, windows, fireplaces, heat producing appliances (make sure to keep it out of the kitchen!) and any sources of direct sunlight or incandescent light.
Another thing to watch out for when installing and using a programmable thermostat is to make sure you don’t change the temperature too often. Many people find that two or three temperature settings (for work, home and sleep) are enough. Changing it too often will cause your air conditioner or furnace to cycle too frequently which can be very inefficient. Also, don’t crank up the thermostat too high if you want the temperature to change faster. This won’t work (thermostats don’t work that way – they heat at the same rate no matter what the temperature is) and it will require you to constantly reset the thermostat.
Programmable Thermostat Features
When picking out a new programmable thermostat, there are a range of features to look for:
- Digital, backlit displays
- Touch screen programming
- Voice and/or phone programming
- Vacation/Away settings and features
- Keypad Lock
- Alerts when it's time to change the air filters
- Alerts when the system is malfunctioning
- Energy Monitor Function
- Low Battery Indicator
- Programming Options - 7 Day Models, 5+2 Day Models, 5-1-1 Models
If you want a way to keep your Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC home’s temperature under control while lowering your heating bills and increasing your efficiency, call Magnolia Heating & Air Conditioning today and ask about installing a programmable thermostat!