Thermostats help your heating and cooling equipment maintain the optimal temperature setting with the maximum energy efficiency. Todays electronic models are a vast departure from earlier mechanical styles.
Mt. Vernon offers two styles of thermostats to meet your needs.
Electronic thermostats work in much the same way as older, manual thermostats
did. A microprocessor inside compares the thermometer reading of a rooms
temperature to the desired temperature you select. Then, it gives start
and stop commands to the heating or cooling system to bring the temperature
to a level that makes you comfortable. It's up to you to change the settings
when you need move comfort.
Programmable thermostats basically work the same as electronic thermostats
with more features for comfort, efficiency and convenience. Simply program
the temperatures you need, and the times of day you need them, to stay
comfortable and save energy all season. You only need to program it once
-- until the season or your lifestyle changes.
The most important way that a programmable thermostat saves energy is in its setback feature. When you dont need a normal level of heating or cooling, you can program the thermostat to set the temperature back until the next pre-programmed time when you want normal temperatures. Programming temperatures around 63 F on cold winter nights, when youre snuggled under blankets, can help you save as much as 15% on your heating costs. You can save even more by programming your system to "setback" the temperature when your family is away at work, at school, or on vacation. In summer, setbacks work much the same way for central air conditioning.