Programmable Thermostats: What To Keep In Mind Before BuyingA programmable thermostat can make a big change in your monthly utility bills. If you have considered getting one but are not sure which one is right for you, this may help you decide. Here is some information and features to look for when purchasing a new thermostat.

What Are Programmable Thermostats?

A programmable thermostat is designed to automatically adjust the temperature according to a set program schedule determined by the homeowner for the heating and cooling system. Each thermostat is created to hold between four and six different temperature settings for day or evening. The “hold” or “vacation” settings allow the user to temporarily change temperature settings without changing the schedule.

How Is It Different From a Standard Thermostat?

A standard thermostat operates according to the temperature set by the user when it’s manually turned on or adjusted. The difference between the two thermostats is that the one will change and manage temperature settings even when no one is home, according to pre-set programming. A standard thermostat, with nobody to set or adjust it, will remain off or at whatever temperature was last set.

Benefits of Installing Programmable Thermostats

  • Change settings on programmable thermostats by phone or internet connection
  • Some models have four to six different settings for day or evening; you can set the temperature for waking up, mid-day and evenings.
  • “Hold and “vacation” settings allow you to override the program settings temporarily. Just don’t overuse this feature, since it will defeat the energy-saving potential of your thermostat.

Tips for Choosing the Right Programmable Thermostat

The first consideration is what type of heating and/or cooling system you have and the thermostat’s compatibility with that system. Heat pump thermostats are different from regular types. Second, you want one that fits your scheduling needs, either 7-day programming, 5 weekday and 2 weekend, or a combination of 5-1-1. Thirdly, you’ll want a model that has the options you want at a price that fits your budget. Digital models offer the most options for programming but electro-mechanical models are easier to program.

Programmable thermostats are more convenient and better energy savers, while making life easier for busy families. If you have any questions or just want more information about how a programmable thermostat can help you lower your energy bills, contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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