Tag Archives: programmable thermostats

Effortless Efficiency – The Benefits of Programmable Thermostats

Effortless Efficiency - The Benefits of Programmable ThermostatsLike most modern innovations in household technology, programmable thermostats are designed to give you more control over your environment. They also take a smaller toll on the environment itself, offering effortless efficiency that requires little intervention on your part and saves you money in the long run.

Flexible programming allows you to set different preferences for different times of the day, days of the week, and even specific holidays. After you synchronize your thermostat’s calendar with your own, you don’t have to keep your home at the same temperature to accommodate your family’s different schedules and preferences. Instead, you can walk out each weekday morning just as you usually do, but the air will only stay warm if it’s a day that your roommate or spouse sleeps in. Conversely, it can cool down a few degrees by the afternoon, when your always-sweating teenagers have the house to themselves for a few hours.

When it comes to climate control, what’s on the inside isn’t the only thing that matters. If you want to be a responsible homeowner, it’s important to understand how your programmable thermostat and external conditions actually affect your heat pump, furnace, air conditioner, and other appliances. Most programmable thermostats include touch screens that display convenient indicators, such as outdoor temperature and humidity levels, which can also help you decide whether it’s a good idea to overtax your home by using big appliances on particularly hot days.

While you might assume the “programmable” part of programmable thermostats were their main selling point, no one actually has to program them to start saving energy and money. If you forget to turn off your dehumidifier, you don’t have to pay to power it throughout your week-long vacation. Your house will even keep cooling itself to match those rising afternoon temperatures, and warming pre-selected rooms to maintain air quality during rainstorms and relentlessly sunny days.

For more information about programmable thermostats or other heating and cooling needs, contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We’ve been keeping homes comfortable in Peachtree City, Georgia, and throughout the Atlanta area for more than a decade.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Furnace Add-ons That Offer Abundant Benefits All Year Round

Furnace Add-ons That Offer Abundant Benefits All Year RoundA common mistake that many homeowners make is to have a brand new furnace installed and then leave it alone. This means the homeowners is losing out on various furnace add-ons that can improve not only the efficiency and performance of the furnace system, but also its safety. Options for furnace add-ons include:

Chimney liners. Chimney liners not only improve the efficiency of your furnace by providing a properly sized flue, but they also make your house safer. A chimney liner isn’t always needed depending on the type of furnace you have, so make sure to ask your HVAC contractor if it’s a good idea.

Air filters. Most furnaces come with standard flat-panel filters. Instead, you can install pleated filters or even a more sophisticated filtration system, to help with furnace efficiency and indoor air quality.

Programmable thermostats. These allow you to schedule temperature changes ahead of time, to fit your daily and weekly schedules. There’s no need to pay for heating your home comfortably while you’re at work and nobody’s home to enjoy it.

Humidifiers. After you have your furnace installed, get your HVAC contractor to check the humidity level. A different furnace can often change indoor relative humidity, and you may want to add moisture control by installing a whole-house humidifier with the furnace.

Furnace zoning. If you’re looking to save energy and money long-term, implementing a home zoning system may be the right add-on for you. Zoning allows you to control the heat provided by the furnace to different areas of your home. You can save by not heating unused areas, while providing home occupants with independent temperature control in different rooms or areas.

There are a lot of different options at your disposal. Set up a consultation with your preferred HVAC contractor to see which furnace add-ons will provide the most benefit to your home.

For assistance with the HVAC system in your Peachtree City area home, please contact us at Powers Heating & Air. We’ll be glad to help.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Programmable Thermostats: How They Work for Savings

Programmable Thermostats: How They Work for SavingsDoes your Peachtree City area home have a programmable thermostat? Programmable thermostats, if installed, programmed and operated properly, can save you big money on your home energy bills. However, for these units to work at their most cost-effective, it’s imperative to use them right.

Many people think that turning thermostats down at night and up in the morning is a waste of energy. This commonly held opinion has been proven wrong by scientists as early as the 1970s. In fact, turning the thermostat down by just 1 degree Fahrenheit every night for eight hours can reduce your home energy’s use during that time by 1 percent. Lowering it by 10 degrees equates to a reduction of 10 percent in home energy use.

Programmable thermostats allow you to pre-set temperatures according to your daily and weekly schedule. Simply program the unit to only warm at your comfort level (or cool, depending on the season) during the times you are awake and home; when you are away or asleep, set the thermostat to a lower (or higher) adjustment.

For optimal savings, consider following this typical energy-efficient programming on your programmable thermostat:

  • During colder months, program your thermostat for 68 degrees Fahrenheit while you’re awake and home. Set the thermostat back 6-10 degrees when you’re asleep or away.
  • During hotter months, program your thermostat for 78 degrees while you’re awake and home. Set it several degrees higher when asleep or away.
  • Another great way to use programmable thermostats is with a zoning system, in which individual areas of the house are heated and cooled instead of the whole house.
  • Avoid using your programmable thermostat’s “hold” feature, which nullifies the pre-set programming, since this defeats the energy-saving purpose of the device.

For more information about programmable thermostats and zoning systems, or to learn about other energy-saving HVAC products and solutions, contact your local experts at Powers Heating & Air. Our expert technicians have been providing superior service and quality products to Peachtree City area residents since 2001.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Smart Thermostats Are the Wave of the Future for Programmed Home Environments

Smart Thermostats Are the Wave of the Future for Programmed Home EnvironmentsWant a quick way to rein in those out-of-control energy costs? Smart thermostats are poised to change the way we handle our heating and cooling needs. Saving energy and money in your Peachtree City area home has never been easier.

All the features of programmable thermostats

A growing number of homeowners are discovering the benefits of programmable thermostats. These technological wonders enable you to program the time and duration of your heating and cooling equipment’s operation according to your daily and weekly schedule. This allows the homeowner to maintain better control over energy usage and costs, even when asleep or away at work or play. Smart thermostats have all of these functions, including vacation/hold capabilities and easy-to-read displays.

Smart features

Of course, similarities aren’t enough. What you really want to know about are upgrades. The new generation of smart thermostats offers a variety of added functions including:

  1. Internet connectivity – We all get delayed while coming home from time to time. If you get stuck somewhere, like the office or even out of town, you can make changes to your thermostat’s settings via an Internet connection.
  2. Smartphone app functionality – Smartphone apps are all the rage nowadays. Some models of smart thermostats include the capability of downloading an application that enables changes to be done directly from your phone. So the next time you’re in traffic with no means of escape, at least you won’t be wasting energy at home.
  3. A learning computer – What if your thermostat could learn your habits and use that information to help you save energy? That’s exactly what some of these smart models can do. Within days of use, they will adapt to your scheduling habits and make necessary alterations.
  4. Energy usage charting and evaluation – Smart thermostats can help you get your utility bills under control by providing you with easy-to-read charts that detail how you’re using your home’s energy over a specified period of time.

Not all smart thermostats offer all of these features, so when shopping, make sure you ask for a model that provides the features you desire.

If you require expert assistance with smart thermostats, or for questions about home comfort, be sure to contact the professionals at Powers Heating & Air. We provide year-round home heating and cooling service for Peachtree City and the surrounding area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

Cut Your Energy Consumption This Winter, Save Money

Cut Your Energy Consumption This Winter, Save MoneyThe south is known for its hot, muggy summer weather, but on the flip side, winters in the Peachtree City, Fayette and Coweta county can be downright freezing. As winter sets in, you may be looking for ways to reduce your energy consumption and lower your utility bills. Here are a few tips to do just that, and they don’t require drastic changes and spending lots of money:

  • Use programmable thermostats: Programmable thermostats can reduce your energy bills significantly, as they enable you to set heating and cooling schedules so that your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system runs only when you need it. Say you’re always gone at work from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., you can program your thermostat to turn down the temperature (in the winter) while you’re gone, and to come back on about 30 minutes before you expect to arrive home. By turning down your thermostat (in the winter) or up (in the summer) approximately 7 to 10 degrees for a span of eight hours daily, you can save approximately 10 percent on your annual energy bills. Most programmable thermostats enable you to set several schedules, so you can have different settings for different days of the week or different times of day (such as when you’re asleep).
  • Locate and seal air leaks: Leaky ductwork and other air leaks are significant causes of energy loss, and increased energy bills, in most homes. Check for air leaks by holding a lighted incense stick near doors, windows, or anywhere you suspect a leak. If the smoke wavers, you’ve got a leak. Additionally, do the same around ductwork that you can access, or, if you suspect a ductwork leak but can’t find it, ask your HVAC contractor to inspect your ducts. He or she it should have the specialized equipment to pinpoint and seal ductwork leaks behind walls and ceilings.
  • Ensure adequate insulation levels: Consider adding clear plastic sheets to your windows, through which you can suffer significant heat loss in the winter. Additionally, ensure that your home’s insulation levels are adequate. Check out the online ZIP code insulation calculator to determine how much insulation your home requires.

For more information and tips on reducing your energy consumption, or for other HVAC questions, contact the experts at Power Heating & Air. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers in the Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Brooks, Tyrone, Senoia, Sharpsburg and Newnan areas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about energy consumption and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock