Programmable Thermostats- Saving Energy

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You can, indeed save energy costs with programmable thermostats. However, there are several things to be aware of in order to realize those savings.

Energy Facts

Energy Star estimates that about 45% of a home’s entire energy usage is used by your HVAC equipment. By National average, that can be $2100- $2500 per year, often more. A significant portion of this energy is spent in heating or cooling unoccupied areas.

Consider reducing your HVAC energy consumption during hours you are sleeping or away from home. It is estimated you can save 1% for every 1 degree you lower or raise the temperature setting. Lowering by each degree in the Winter and raising by each degree in the Summer can add up. By adjusting 10 degrees, you can potentially realize a 10% in savings during those times.

It can be difficult to achieve these savings. Much depends on how you use your thermostats when you are home or awake. These thermostats work best when set for the desired temperatures during specific times of the day and then left alone. Bumping up or bumping down the temperature can actually use more energy.

Ideal Settings

Ideally you need to set the Programmable Thermostat at energy saving temperatures.

In the Winter:
• 68 degrees for occupied areas or occupied times
• 58- 60 degrees during unoccupied areas or times

In the Summer:
• 78 degrees during occupation
• 82- 85 degrees during unoccupied areas or times

By committing to these settings you are more likely to realize these savings. Anytime the thermostat is manually adjusted, the energy savings are impacted and you are less likely to save energy.

Types of Programmable Thermostats

There are many types of programmable thermostats with constantly evolving technology. A standard programmable thermostat can range from a simple LED device to complex Digital device depending on your preference. There are “Smart” programmable thermostats which can be wirelessly remote controlled. They can even “Learn” your preferences and be used in conjunction with your smart phone.

Air Doctor Heating and Air can assist you if you have any questions.

How to Increase HVAC Energy Efficiency

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How do you Increase your HVAC energy efficiency?

Your HVAC systems represent a large energy expense. Some of that energy may be wasted if your systems are not running efficiently or if you are losing heat or air. There are things you can do to save energy and energy costs. The department of energy estimates that you can improve energy savings by as much as 35% by increasing your energy efficiency.

Insulate, Reduce Air Loss

To increase energy efficiency make sure you are not losing your conditioned air (heated or cooled) through doors, windows, attic. Adding insulation if there not enough can help keep your conditioned air where it belongs. Additionally, it can be beneficial to check exposed pipes, outlets and ductwork for air loss. Insulated wrap can be applied to these areas to properly seal them.

Your Air Flow

Replacing your Air Filters and keeping your indoor and outdoor unit(s) free of dirt and debris can help your air flow. This can help increase energy efficiency. Your systems require proper airflow in order to operate efficiently. Air filters should be checked every month and replaced at least every three months.

Programmable Thermostats

Installing Programmable Thermostats is a great way to reduce your energy costs. They enable you to heat or cool specific areas at specific times of the day. This can result in energy savings by reducing your energy use in those areas.

Upgrade Your Equipment

If your existing system is older, but well maintained it may benefit from an upgrade. Replacing components on otherwise well maintained systems may be a good option for you. Components such as compressors, controls or other parts are a less expensive replacement option to complete system replacement.

Invest in High Energy Rated Replacement HVAC Systems

There have been great improvements in the HVAC industry with the focus on energy efficiency. These systems can greatly reduce your energy costs and improve your indoor air quality at the same time. Air Doctor Heating and Air will provide you with a free quote. Our installations are a safe investment with our Ten Year Warranty on Parts and Labor. Financing options are available for up to ten years for safe, deferred payments.

HVAC Maintenance

Regular HVAC Maintenance is will increase energy efficiency. It is very important to keep your systems properly maintained. HVAC maintenance assures that your systems are performing properly and at their peak efficiency for maximum results. Air Doctor Heating and Air offers a maintenance contract which has us inspect your systems twice a year- heating in the fall and air conditioning in the spring. Our comprehensive inspection will ensure your systems are operating at their best.