Atlanta, GA, March 04, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Alpharetta residents can save a bundle on their air conditioning bills this summer by installing a programmable thermostat.
"Over an eight hour period, homeowners can save between one and three percent for every degree a thermostat is lowered," says Phil Montgomery, owner of Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning, which provides Decatur cooling services
. "With the hot summers Atlanta faces, that can equal significant savings."
Programmable thermostats provide homeowners the ability to create settings for different times of the day, as well as for different seasons. That means during the summer, the air conditioner only needs to work when it is needed, resulting in savings in energy, in turn saving money for the homeowner. Energy Star, the government's energy efficiency program, estimates that a homeowner's savings can be as much as $180 each year.
Programmable thermostats range greatly in price and features. Basic models can be purchased for around $40, but for a few hundred dollars, homeowners can have technology such as touchpad programming, voice activation or the ability to control the thermostat remotely.
Models vary and allow the homeowner to set a different schedule for their heating and cooling unit for each day of the week, or a different one for the work week and weekend.
"New models of programmable thermostats even have programs that allow homeowners to control them through computers or mobile phones," says Montgomery, whose business provides furnace and air conditioning installations
in Marietta. "Homeowners can access the information from anywhere, guaranteeing that even if they're relaxing on the beach, they can be sure they're saving money at home."
To get the most out of savings, homeowners need to find a schedule that works best for their family. Most thermostats will have pre-programmed settings based on the hours a typical household keeps. Homeowners can simply adjust the pre-programmed times to fit their family's schedule.
The location of the thermostat can affect its performance. Thermostats should be kept away from direct sunlight, drafty areas of the home, doorways, windows and skylights.
As the hot Atlanta summer approaches, homeowners can call Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning to see which thermostat option will best meet their needs.
To learn more about Marietta air conditioning repair
, please call 404-288-6010.
Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning has been providing exceptional service to the Atlanta area for more than 40 years.