Last month I was billed for 14 therms and after all of the billing factors and fees, I was just under $18. $30 for 9 therms is crazy.
There was a poster in the first page I believe that mentioned they install Honeywell 8000 thermostats. I have just ordered one.
My current thermostat is fine enough, it is just not programmable. I would like one where I could program it to drop the temp and night and then bring it back up during the day. Right now I do it manually ... sometimes I forget ... so it would be nice to have something that remembers
Anyway, one feature that attracted me to this thermostat is the fact that it has a "fan circulation" mode. What this does is it runs the fan about 35% or 20 minutes every hour. The purpose being:
1. If you have a fancy air filter, it can filter your air keeping your air cleaner.
2. It will circulate the air around in your home, keeping your home a more even temperature.
It is the second point that attracted me.
I have a two floor home with thermostat on the second floor. The end result is that the upstairs is just right, but the downstairs is always a little cooler.
Right now, the problem we are having is that I have the thermostat set for 70, but during the day, due to the sun, the upstairs will heat to 74 or so, so the heat does not turn on. Because the heat does not turn on, the downstairs gets cold.
I am hoping that this fan circulation mode will move some of that warm around resulting in the whole home being more equal in temperature without using a therm of gas.
The same theory should work in the summer where it would bring the cooler air up, thus hopefully not kicking on the A/C unit as much.
The thermostat online is around $100, so I have bit the bullet and ordered one. At a bare minimum, because it is programmable it should do what I want it to do. Hopefully the fan circulation will be the icing on the cake.
I only bring this up just to give you another idea ...
My first post ... so be nice