Q: We recently had a home energy assessment completed and it was suggested that we upgrade our thermostats. Any suggestions on what type to buy and what temperature to set it at?

A: If you’re a homeowner who uses a modern HVAC system, you’re probably aware of the importance of your thermostat. It controls the temperature of your home which directly impacts the cost of your utility bills. There are hundreds of thermostats on the market today, and it can be tricky to find the perfect fit for your home.

So, what are thermostat options in 2017, anyway?

Non-Programmable Thermostats

With today’s advanced technology, it’s hard to believe that non-programmable thermostats still exist—but they absolutely do. A non-programmable thermostat regulates room temperature at one desired set point, while a programmable thermostat automatically sets the temperature of your home based on a predetermined schedule. The downside to non-programmable thermostats is that they are considerably less efficient than modern programmable options.

Newer non-programmable thermostats have an LED display panel and a temperature up and down button. They also have a switch so you can flip from heating to cooling.

Programmable Thermostats

controlled with modern smart technology, including smartphones, tablets, or even desktop computers. This gives homeowners complete control over the temperature of their homes while not actually in the home. This technology is perfect for changing schedules in busy households.

Touch Screen Thermostat

Touch screen thermostats are another modern option that allows homeowners to control temperature with the touch of a finger. This is typically a programmable thermostat with all of the modern bells and whistles. They are very easy to program and great for those who are looking to upgrade from a run-of-the-mill thermostat.

What is the Best Temperature for Your Thermostat?

Once you have your new thermostat installed, you might be wondering about the best temperature. It’s tempting to crank up the thermostat in the dead of winter to the highest setting possible, but this will result in a drastic spike in energy bills.

The best strategy is to keep your home between 58 and 62 degrees during the night and while you’re away from home. This ensures that you’re conserving energy and not needlessly blasting your HVAC when you’re not even home to enjoy the warmth. Worried that the house will feel too cold when you get home from work? Set your thermostat so that your home starts heating up shortly before you get home. Make last minute dinner plans and therefore you won’t be going home as planned? For those with a smart thermostat, you can access your thermostat remotely and delay your home heating up until later in the evening.

In order to get the most out of your thermostat, it of course helps to have energy efficient exterior home products such as windows and doors installed in your home. If your home is drafty due to old windows and doors and poor insulation, the savings you reap from an efficient thermostat will ultimately be lost.

If you need more insight on how to keep your home warmer this fall and winter, contact us today at Coastal Windows & Exteriors at 978-304-0495 or email us at questions@mycoastalwindows.com. We’re here and ready to help!