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All You Need to Know About Programmable Thermostat Savings

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Scottsdale, AZ, inhabitants will testify that heating and cooling expenses account for the most significant chunk of money in monthly utility bills. However, a change of 7 degrees to 10 degrees Fahrenheit settings for eight hours a day can help you save up to 10% of your heating and cooling costs in a year. The programmable thermostat is an investment that allows you to make this change with precision and affordability. Unlike other heating techniques, such as insulation that requires house remodeling, a programmable thermostat is cheaper and needs zero demolitions or constructions.

Thermostats work by detecting room air temperature and switching on the heat or cool air if the temperature is below or above its settings. Once the ideal temperature is attained, the system automatically turns off. Thus, a programmable thermostat allows you to alter the room temperature at specified durations.


Geofencing is a marketing campaign technology that uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) or global positioning systems (GPS) signals. Once a new user is within a given geographical radius, promoters send them a text of their advertisement campaign.

The HVAC system has adopted this technology in which the thermostat can detect your proximity to your home in Scottdale. Upon arrival, you will realize the house is comfortable, as though you never left. When you are within the set boundary, the thermostat assumes you are home and turns on automatically with your preferred settings. If you are out of the perimeter, the thermostat adjusts the temperature to save on energy.

Geofencing is ideal if you have unpredictable schedules and if you are unsure whether you will be home or not. This aspect is advantageous since you do not have to develop a plan for the thermostat. However, it is essential to remember to set the schedule for nightfall.

The feature is practical when all members of your household have a smartphone device and have the settings as follows:

  • Wi-Fi and general location should be on
  • Airplane mode must be off
  • Background app refresh should be on in iOS
  • High accuracy settings for location should be on for Android phones

In a world where nearly everyone owns a smartphone, geofencing efficiently saves energy and money.

Easy Programming

Maximum savings from any thermostat lie in how well you can program it without compromising your schedule and your comfort. The programmable thermostat takes this ability to the next level. It learns the family movement patterns of when to cool or to heat the home. Moreover, the programmable thermostat takes into account the prevailing local weather reports. The thermostat uses the data to adjust the temperature requirement accordingly to make your home comfortable.

It is paramount for you to change the factory settings of the smart thermostat to suit your everyday schedule. Typically, the smart thermostat comes with default programming for the average American family. Many thermostats use the weekday/weekend (5/2) splits or the weekday/Saturday/Sunday split (5/1/1). This format makes it easy for you to customize your schedule.

Nowadays, a programmable thermostat has a large display interface with a menu for easy walk-through. You can use an app companion on your mobile device for quick setup. In addition, you may opt to use the website portal for easy and fast programming.

The vacation-mode settings allow you to keep your home in check while away for an extended period. Therefore, you do not need to worry about frozen pipes or the functionality of your HVAC while you’re away. You can also input the maximum and minimum acceptable temperatures to help safeguard your property.

Once you’re satisfied with your pre-arrangement, programmable thermostats allow you to lock the setting using a secret PIN. This characteristic is vital, especially when you have kids around. They can adjust the settings within the predefined range.

Ultimate Control

The power to improve efficiency and savings from your programmable thermostat lies with you. You can adjust the temperature settings to your liking by tilting the knob or through your smartphone application. The device allows you to zone your home accordingly to avoid heating or cooling unoccupied spaces.

Programmable thermostats are accessible from anywhere through the use of the web and mobile apps. Therefore, you can adjust the settings in your home while you’re away. In addition, you can control your HVAC system and ensure it is running smoothly at all times.

Your thermostat keeps you on alert through text, email, or the web. For instance, you will get notified when the temperature exceeds set limits, when it’s time to change filters and when the HVAC system malfunctions. You can also view local weather reports in Scottdale from the app or the thermostat.

Through the display interface, you can keep close track of the energy consumption in your home. This feature is vital in energy management that directly impacts your utility bills.

Extend The Lifetime Of Your HVAC System

An HVAC unit is an expensive investment that requires proper maintenance. Installing a programmable thermostat will save you on electricity bills and will give your AC system a lengthier lifetime.

The programmable thermostat allows you to set a range within which to warm or to cool your home. Moreover, you decide on the unacceptable temperatures for your home. For instance, the recommended temperature setting during winter is 68 degrees and is 78 degrees in summer. This action reduces strain in your system, which increases energy costs and reduces the wear and tear of the system.

When you’re away, the programmable thermostat lowers the temperature requirements. This adjustment saves you money and reduces the runtime of the HVAC. Fewer hours than usual extend the HVAC’s longevity.

Programmable thermostats help you to avoid poor settings during extreme temperatures, which can damage the HVAC. For example, settings below the room temperature do not cool the home faster and might lead to unnecessary expenses and strain your system.

Integration With Smart Home Technologies

Many programmable thermostats are compatible with smart home automation devices and the IFTTT (If This Then That) support feature. This attribute allows the thermostats to receive triggers from paired devices. For instance, you can program the thermostat to switch off the AC after reaching a given temperature.

Programmable thermostats allow you to use voice commands to adjust or to know your current temperature settings. This is possible due to built-in digital signal processors that help programmable thermostats identify and respond to voice commands. Some of the familiar voice assistants are Alexa, Google Home, and Apple Homekit. The talking thermostat is ideal for visually impaired people and for more accurate temperature settings.

When linked with smart speakers, a programmable thermostat can tell you important information about your HVAC. For example, you will know when to change the air filters, when it’s time for a routine check, and when other kinds of servicing are needed. Compatibility of programmable thermostats with other home appliances helps you to save money through timely repairs and maintenance.

Champion Air provides exceptional heating and cooling services to residents of Scottdale, from installation to maintenance and repairs. A programmable thermostat is a present and future way of saving money in your home. Contact Champion Air today to get your home a programmable thermostat.

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