If you have and Overland park air conditioning unit and furnace you will understand the importance of trying to find ways to reduce the cost of your heating and cooling bills.
Back in my day, the temperature in the house was set by my Dad and comfort was determined by how much Dad wanted to pay for the bill. If I was cold, which I usually was, I was told to put clothes on. If I was hot, I was told to play outside. I honestly believe my father never paid more than $20/month for electricity or gas. Winter was a wonderful 50 degrees and summer was a balmy 85 degrees in our house. Today, according to the Energy Information Administration, over 42% of a home’s energy cost comes from heating and cooling – and I find many have adopted my father’s philosophy of comfort is determined by the amount of clothes you are wearing. That is until they discover the benefits of a programmable thermostat.
My father would be happy to know that piling on blankets and sleeping in a slightly lower temperature is actually a huge energy saver – setting the thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for an 8 hour period can shave off up to 15% on your heating bill. That is about $300 a year in savings based on the average annual cost of heating/cooling a home in the US is around $2000.00. Imagine how much you could save if you set the thermostat back while you sleep AND while you are at work. You could potentially cut down that energy cost by a third, all without constantly fussing with a manual thermostat.
Before you run out to your local Do-It-Yourself or department store chain to buy a new thermostat for your Overland Park heating and cooling system you might want to know that not all programmable thermostats are the same. I tried to find ways to say this diplomatically, so here goes, even when used properly department chain units are not as reliable as a high quality programmable thermostat. Although the higher quality units may be a bit pricey upfront, the long term savings and durability more than makes up for the initial expense.
With that said, I must point out that if your intention is to program drastic temperature highs and lows or override the program schedule by placing the temperature on “hold”, by all means, purchase a less expensive, low grade unit. Improper use of any unit will ruin your potential savings on your energy bill. Try knocking the temperature down 10 degrees while you sleep or at work and kicking it back up an hour before you wake up or get home – then compare last year’s bill for the same month to your test month and see how much you saved. One thing i would like to mention is during the very hot summer months most Overland Park air conditioning systems may have trouble catching up when the thermostat is set back several degrees. During the hottest months many systems are barely able to keep up and you may want to only adjust the temperature a few degrees during these couple of months.
The key to energy heating and cooling savings is having the most affordable energy efficient programmable thermostat and sticking to a schedule that works for your house, lifestyle and budget. If you are trying to figure out how to program your thermostat or you would like to know if one of our affordable, high quality thermostats could save you even more on your heating/cooling bill, contact us at Priced Right Heating and Cooling. Our friendly and helpful staff will help you figure out how to program your thermostat with the setting and schedule you want, or if you’d like it to be even easier, we’ll just do it for you. In the end, what you’re paying for is something that’s going to keep you warm/cool and pay you back.