Choosing the Right Thermostat for Your Solar-Powered Home

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There are many benefits to having solar panels generating electricity for your home. Yet, the biggest perk for most is the reduction in monthly utility costs. Here, in the Valley of the Sun, there’s plenty of solar energy to power homes across the greater Phoenix area, but energy consumption is also very high this time of year. So, it still makes sense to conserve when you can by ensuring your home is energy efficient in every way. One of the simplest and most effective ways to control energy usage is to have the right thermostat.

Manual

Once, the only model found in nearly every home across the United States was a manual thermostat which enables you to control the temperature setting manually. Some older homes still have these models, and they still are sufficient for homeowners who are home often and prefer a fixed temperature.

Digital Non-Programmable

This was the next generation in manual thermostats. The only difference is the digital non-programmable thermostat provides a digital read out with an easy-to-read LCD display.

Programmable

Making more efficient use of your HVAC system by automatically adjusting the set temperature throughout the day, the programmable thermostat lets you set your preferred temperatures for different times of the day and then forget about it. In other words, it saves you time and allows your home to be consistently the temperature that you want.

Learning/Smart

Learning or smart thermostats offer the greatest energy efficiency because they don’t require any programming. Instead, they learn as you use them to create a schedule based on your specific home comfort preferences. Not only will they turn themselves down when you’re not at home, they’ll guide you to energy-efficient settings and provide reports to help you understand your energy consumption. These thermostats also connect to your home Wi-Fi network and can be monitored, set and managed from a mobile device or PC.

Want to learn more about increasing the energy efficiency of your solar-powered home? Call the experts at Cool Blew Solar.