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According to Energy Star, properly using a programmable thermostat can save Lawrenceville, GA homeowners up to $180 each year. The trick to ensuring that you enjoy these savings is choosing the right option for your unique needs. Here are three factors to consider as you shop for the most efficient heating and cooling controls.

Decide on the Type

A traditional control that does not offer programmable features might be the best solution for someone who spends most of their time at home. However, many people find that their busy schedules make both programmable and smart options the right solution for their needs.

Programmable controls can be adjusted from the control panel. Heating and cooling can be programmed to switch on or off on a set schedule. With smart controls, heating and cooling can be adjusted remotely to allow more flexibility. Busy professionals who find that they are unsure when they will arrive home each day often benefit from purchasing a smart thermostat.

Consider Usability

One reason that programmable and smart thermostats don’t always save homeowners on heating and cooling costs is that they are not always easy to use. When you look into your options, be sure that you understand which buttons control different settings on the control panel. If you are able to access the user manual, look it over to determine whether complicated control combinations are needed to change settings.

Compatibility with HVAC Systems

Most heating and cooling controls are close to being universal. However, there are some compatibility issues to consider. Depending on the type of HVAC system or the wiring used in your home, you may run into trouble when opting for certain brands. Avoid compatibility issues by discussing your needs with an HVAC specialist before making a purchase.

For more information about how heating and cooling controls can save energy and money, check out Zack Hammonds A/C Heating Refrigeration’s thermostat solutions or call 770-691-3162.

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