Don't Touch Your Thermostat And You Can Save Money


If you feel your heating bills are high and that you have no control over the thermostat in your home, it's time to get a programmable thermostat with wireless technology. There are many benefits to getting a new thermostat, and you can even link the unit with your home security system. Here are few reasons it's time for an upgrade.

Reduce Heating Bills

One of the major benefits of a timed or programmable thermostat is that you can set the temperature around the times you are at home. You don't have to keep the house warm when you are at work, or throughout the night when everyone is tucked in under the covers. This could reduce your heating bill by as much as 15 percent. Set the timer to raise the heat right before you get home. You can also use this feature to cut your cooling costs in the summer.

Control Your Thermostat

Do you have kids or a spouse that walks by and adjusts the thermostat, increasing your gas bill and wasting money? The programmable thermostat can have you set a passcode, so you are the only one who can control it. This will help you regulate the temperature, and you don't have to worry about someone cranking it up or down and forgetting about it.

Wireless Controls

There are some systems that have wireless controls, so you can adjust the temperature from your phone, computer or smart device while you are away from home. This allows you to adjust the temperature if there is a sudden temperature drop, or another weather concern.

Warning Controls

If you aren't home and the heater goes out, there some systems that will detect the temperature dropping quickly. The unit will send you a notification or alarm, and then you can get home to see what is wrong. This could also prevent you from having frozen pipes. You can also get a thermostat with a smoke and gas detection option, to help detect a fire or gas leak.

Have a heating and cooling professional do a survey of the home and your heating appliance to see what other problems could be raising your heating costs when you have the thermostat replaced. Clogged filters and ducts, poorly insulated windows and walls, and an old furnace could other issues causing you to pay too much to heat your home, in addition to your thermostat.


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Double Up: Bunks Beds as a Small Room Solution

Having to place children's furniture in a small bedroom presented a problem for me. With two growing kids, I needed a dresser to accommodate both boys, as well as two beds. With two beds, desk and chair, toy chest and floor lamp, the room seemed overly crowded. My solution came with a highly functional bunk bed. Bunk beds take up minimal space. Better yet, my choice was a bunk that included a storage drawer. This compartment is used for storing the boys' small toys and other necessities. I didn't have to have a separate toy chest, so I reduced clutter which was great! When you have multiple children all in one room, you need all the help you can get!