Fact vs. Fiction: Installing a Programmable Thermostat Will Save You Money

installing a programmable thermostatIt is often assumed that by integrating technology into our daily routine that living becomes more streamlined and thus easier. However, did you ever consider that by spending a little bit of money installing a programmable thermostat in Arizona it could save you money as well? This has become one of the most interesting debates in the HVAC industry in recent months filled with arguments on both sides that argue for installing programmable thermostats and against.

Installing Programmable Thermostats For Your Arizona Home: Fact vs Fiction

Installing a Programmable Thermostat is Expensive – Fiction

Many people that argue against installing a programmable thermostat being a money saving opportunity often point out that the actual installation of the programmable thermostat is expensive to begin with. However, when you look at the facts, you’ll quickly discover that buying and installing a programmable thermostat really is not very expensive.

Most of the programmable thermostats manufactured today are sold for $150-$450 per unit; with the Wi-Fi direct connect units being the higher priced programmable thermostats sold today. However, the installation of these units is rather simple therefore professional HVAC companies will not charge a huge amount to install the systems. If you consider the price of the system, plus the cost of having a professional install it correctly, you’ll come to the conclusion that the statement ‘installing programmable thermostats is expensive’ is false – plain and simple.

Installing a Programmable Thermostat can Save Money – True (when programmed properly)

Simply plugging in a programmable thermostat in Arizona will not save you money. You have to be sure the system is installed and used properly in order to maximize the benefit. The key to saving money with a programmable thermostat is to fine-tune the adjustments and programs in such a way as to ensure you consume as less energy as possible during the day. There are three tips for accomplishing this:

  • First: keep your temperature zone as consistent as possible. In order to save money by using a programmable thermostat, you’ll want to keep your home’s indoor temperature consistent throughout the day and evening. But, you’ll also want to ensure that this temperature setting is not too cold or warm as it will take more effort for your system to maintain that extreme temperature zone.
  • Second: program your thermostat based on seasonal temperature changes. It’s easy to save money during winter and summer when you use a programmable thermostat. Here is a tip: during winter, set your temperature to 68 degrees while you are inside the home, and lower when you are away from the home or sleeping. Same thing for summer – except you’ll want to increase that temperature setting to around 74. The key is to make sure the temperature settings do not fall between 10 degrees, higher or lower, as it will cause your HVAC system to work harder to achieve the desired temperature change if it’s too cold or too hot inside your home.

There are several facts vs. fiction when it comes to installing a programmable thermostat; however, if you need to replace your older unit; why not upgrade it to a system that is easier to use and can save you money in the long run? As always, when you have questions about any HVAC related product, always defer to the expert opinions of a professional, licensed and NATE certified contractor.