Many people think of timers and automatically assume that these devices are only for the rich and famous. No ordinary—or should I say EXTRAordinary—person would require such devices on a regular basis, right? Wrong. These affordable devices can be enjoyed by anyone. Not only do they have the ability to provide a sense of security and comfort in your home, they will remember those small things that you simply don’t have time to remember—turning the lights on and off, appliances and even irrigation systems. Yes, it’s possible for you to have that garden you’ve always dreamed of.
Your garden might look like before utilizing timers:
Obviously you will need to put some work in to help the process, but you get the idea.
Now, if you’re considering timers, it is important for you to think about the problem that you want to solve in and around your home. For instance, timers can help to address the following situations:
A programmable timer allows you to turn on a space heater in your bathroom before you get out of bed in the morning so that you’re greeted by a toasty warm bathroom, instead of a frosty cold one that you continuously dread.
If you’re looking to utilize timers for interior or exterior lighting, or an appliance, you might want to consider a wall-switch or plug-in timers.
Wall-switch timers can be used in place of standard light switches and operate in one of several ways to save you money—and energy.
Indoor motion detectors sense movement in a room and automatically turn on the light for a preset amount of time or until the switch senses that the room is empty. These timers are perfect to use in bathrooms, laundry rooms or any room in your home where the light is often left on or where you simply can’t reach the light switch with ease (i.e. laundry room). Outdoor motion detectors, on the other hand, turn on a spotlight when they sense movement near outdoor areas like garage doors or porches. A timer turns the light off after a preset amount of time, unless motion is detected. These timers are great for security measures around your property.
A timer switch is a great feature for rooms that you don’t stay in for very long such as a walk in closet or attic. They feature buttons or knobs that turn on a light for a preset amount of time. If, for some reason, you need to keep the light on for an extended period, you can reset the controls with a touch of another button. These buttons are great to use in bathrooms to control bathroom vent fans, assisting to minimize moisture issues.
Programmable timers can be used to turn lights, fans, heaters or other appliances on and off, with different settings for each day of the week. These timers also let you turn lights on and off at random times when you’re out of town to create the illusion that you’re home—even when you’re not.
Plug In Timers
Indoor plug-in timers can be used with lamps, appliances and seasonable displays on and off at a preset time. There are a variety of different models to choose from and heavy-duty timers are available for appliances like window-unit air conditioners or space heaters. Digital timers can be used to set lights to come on at certain times for different days, to control multiple appliances and with random settings, making it appear like you’re home, even when you’re not. Digital timers, in this respect, are more precise and flexible in their settings than mechanical timers. Mechanical timers are manually operated so they are a good alternative for individuals who don’t need exact timing or multiple programming options.
Outdoor plug-in timers are equipped with water resistant housings, which make them safe and durable for outdoor usage. These timers can be programmed to turn outdoor lighting on and off, holiday displays and more. I’ve used outdoor plug-in timers every single holiday season for the last five years, thanks to their reliability and inexpensive nature, and I’ve yet to be disappointed. The timers are programmed to turn my holiday lights on at 6pm on the dot, seven days a week.
If you’ve known people to utilize timers but have yet to give them a try, you really should. Timer switches are more than affordable and after your first experience, you’ll be delighted. Once you’ve had a timer handle your early morning watering duties or keep your home secure while you are on vacation, you will never want to experience life any other way. Be sure to purchase from the top brands though, such as WattStopper and Intermatic, as they always offer a manufacturer’s warranty.