thermostat-02A thermostat can sometimes be an amazing thing. By controlling the heating and cooling of your house, you can keep your home at a comfortable temperature without spending unnecessary energy trying to reduce the electricity bills. The thermostat is a sophisticated device, which has been through many transformations since its invention in the late 1800’s. In today’s day and age, there’s even a mobile application allowing you to use a smartphone to change the controls.

According to the Energy Information Administration and Energy Star, about 40% of an average household’s energy expenditure go to heating and cooling and spend around $2,200 a year on energy bills. Reducing the electricity bill is what everyone wants. You can save 5% to 15% of your yearly heating or cooling cost by using a good quality thermostat. If you want to maximize this saving, you should use the modern programmable thermostat.

Different branded programmable thermostats are available in the market. Some of the most popular brands are Bryant, Honeywell, Nest, Trane, Hunter, ComfortStar, and White Rodgers. These brands offer a variety of models also. Some have more features than others, but almost all of the tested models work on common heating and cooling systems. But, I would advise that in special cases, like very old systems, you should consult an expert.

Now, where is the best place to install the thermostat? Be sure to choose a good location, as it can affect its efficiency and performance.  The place where you want to install a thermostat must be away from direct sunlight, vents, drafts and other sources of heat that could interrupt the temperature readings. To install the thermostat properly, you should maintain the manufacturer’s installation instructions from top to bottom. Some places, depending on where you buy the thermostat, will offer professional installation. For not-so-handy people, this can be worth every penny.