A programmable thermostat is designed to allow you to set the temperature settings on your HVAC system to automatically adjust at specific times during the day (and night) to match your family’s needs and schedule. That means providing a comfortable temperature for your family without needing to adjust the thermostat every time someone feels a chill or feels overheated. But feeling comfortable isn’t the only benefit of installing and/or using a programmable thermostat. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, setting the temperature back 7 to 10 degrees from your normal setting for 8 hours a day in the winter (or up by the same amount during the summer) can save you 10 percent on your energy cost per year. Installing a programmable thermostat makes life simpler too. Any way you look at it, a programmable thermostat is likely to improve the quality of life in your home.
How do you know which thermostat is right for you?
There are a number of things to consider before getting a new thermostat.
- Schedules: Family schedules is an important consideration when choosing a thermostat. A retired couple who is home most of the day will have very different needs from a young family with children where everyone is off to work and school every day.
- Budget: Your budget is also an important consideration when choosing a new thermostat. While a manual thermostat is relatively inexpensive with a cost of around $50, a digital programmable thermostat may run anywhere from $100 to $150. A wireless smart thermostat will likely cost $200 to $300 or more, depending on the brand and model. Keep in mind installation costs when budgeting for your new thermostat.
- Control: The amount of desired control over the thermostat is also important. New smart thermostats allow you to control the thermostat via your phone while you are away and can even alert you if your home becomes too cold or too warm. Some can even be controlled by voice command to Amazon’s Alexa, giving you the freedom to fine-tune your needs whenever schedules change.
What are the options in programmable thermostats?
There are basically four options when it comes to programmable thermostats.
- 1-Week Model. This thermostat allows you to set the temperature for different times of the day, but it repeats the same pattern every day. It is ideal for a household where the family’s schedule does not vary from day to day. This may be the best option for people who work from home or retired couples who are home for the majority of the day.
- 5-2 Programming: This refers to a thermostat that can be set so that the five workdays are the same and the two weekend days are different. If your family follows the same schedule all week, with a different schedule on the weekend, this option may be best for you.
- 5-1-1 programming: This option is similar to the 5-2 programming, but instead of one setting for the weekend, the two weekend days can be set differently. This option works well for those who attend church or other routine events on one of the weekend days.
- 7-Day Programming: If your family’s schedule changes every day, this is the option for you. It allows you to set the thermostat to a different schedule for every day of the week.
Whatever your lifestyle and/or budget, there is a programmable thermostat to meet your needs. Our professionals at Buckeye Heating and Cooling are here to help. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you.