Programmable Thermostats: Do They Help Save Money?

Gone are the days when you had to stand up and walk over to the thermostat from time to time to manually adjust the temperature. With programmable thermostats and their smart versions that are accessible via Wi-Fi, indoor temperature control becomes much easier and more convenient. But do they really help save money? Local air conditioning repair contractor Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning sheds light on the matter here.

About Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats can be set to a specific schedule to provide conditioned air to your home whenever you’re away or when you’re sleeping. The smart versions of these thermostats have internet connectivity features so you can access your home’s comfort system remotely using your smartphone or tablet.

Some smart thermostats even “learn” your habits over a certain period of time. Using algorithms, they’ll observe your comfort preferences and use this information to help you make better decisions on when to adjust your thermostat and for how long. With these installed with your heating and air conditioning systems, home climate control is just a click or tap of the finger away.

Do They Help Save Money?

The answer to this question is yes, programmable thermostats can help you save on energy costs. Following specific best practices will certainly help a lot; according to, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by turning your thermostat up at least 7°F for eight hours a day from its normal setting. This way, the HVAC system won’t have to work so hard to reach the desired indoor temperature.

Also, if you have an AC unit at home, don’t set your thermostat to a colder setting than normal upon turning it on. Your home won’t cool any faster; the result will just be excessive cooling, which is a waste of energy resources.

Trust Schmitt for All Your HVAC Needs

Schmitt Heating & Air Conditioning is a Carrier® Factory-Authorized dealer that offers top-notch products from the manufacturer, including the Cor smart thermostat. It can be linked to your laptop or mobile devices so you can have greater control over your HVAC system. With this installed, you can save an average of 20% over a system run by a traditional thermostat.

Count on us for your AC and heating system repair needs as well. Call (415) 522-0966 or fill out our contact form to request an estimate. We serve residents of San Francisco and the surrounding communities.