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Central Air Thermostats and Programming


A residential heating, air-conditioning, and ventilation (HVAC) system, also known as a central air system, can reduce your energy costs by almost 40% in some cases. In addition to the great health benefits from air filtration and purification, HVAC systems are much more efficient at producing heat and air and thus save quite a bit of money for the homeowner. You also no longer need to worry about installing and removing air-conditioners in your windows every year nor do you need baseboard or radiator heating systems because HVAC replaces all of these outdated energy resources.

When installing a central air system your professional contractor will discuss the varies thermostats available for your new HVAC system. Many of these programmable thermostats have very similar features and capabilities. The number of control units you will need will depend on how many HVAC zones you choose to install within the home. Each zone will have it's own control system thereby allowing the homeowner to set different programs for each room. Installing a HVAC system with multiple zones may be very beneficial and cost effective if you have a large home or have areas of the home that are not used very often. For example, many homeowners like to have one zone for their basement and another zone for the rest of the home. This will allow you to set a different temperature for the basement versus the rest of the home. People don't normally do much in their basement other than for storage or perhaps a secondary playroom or man cave so you could program a lower temperature for the basement and the caveman and a higher temperature for the rest of the home.

Programming the thermostat is very simple and could help you save a significant amount of money on your utility bills. Many central air thermostats will allow you to set a temperature based on the time of the day such as morning, afternoon, evening, and night. You can also set a temperature according to day of week.

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