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What Is a Programmable Thermostat and Why Do I Need One?

What Is a Programmable Thermostat and Why Do I Need One?

A programmable thermostat controls your HVAC system, providing heating or cooling when it is needed most. Because you set the parameters, you are still ultimately in control of the temperature settings, but you no longer need to change the settings manually every time you desire a new setting. Once you set your programmable thermostat, it will automatically follow your guidelines until you change the settings. Programmable thermostats come with a variety of options from those that allow you to set daytime and nighttime temperatures that remain the same all week to thermostats that can be set for varying temperatures throughout the day for the entire seven days of the week.

Why are programmable thermostats important?

There are several reasons programmable thermostats are important.

  • Energy Efficiency: Improving energy efficiency and reducing utility bills is one of the biggest reasons for using a programmable thermostat. Because decreasing the temperature in the winter (or increasing it in the summer) by 10 degrees for 8 hours a day can save you an amazing 10 percent on your heating or cooling bill, it makes sense to adjust the temperature during times when you are away from home during the day or while everyone is sleeping. With a programmable thermostat, you can set it and forget it and rest assured you are doing your part to conserve energy and reduce your utility bill at the same time.
  • Comfort: Comfort is another major concern when it comes to heating and cooling. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the heat or AC to automatically adjust to the desired setting a half hour before you get up in the morning so that everyone is comfortable to start their day and then turn it down again while everyone is away for the day. It also allows you to set it to readjust the settings before you arrive home each day. That means no more chilly mornings or sweltering afternoons while you wait for your heating or cooling to reach the desired temperature.
  • Convenience: Programmable thermostats eliminate the need to manually adjust the thermostat several times a day. That means no more forgetting to set the heat back before bed or before running out the door in the morning.

Convenience: Programmable thermostats eliminate the need to manually adjust the thermostat several times a day. That means no more forgetting to set the heat back before bed or before running out the door in the morning.

What is the right programmable thermostat for you?

The right thermostat for you depends on your lifestyle. What works for a retired couple will likely differ from a young family who rushes off to work or school every day.

  • 1 Week Model: This option allows you to set the same daytime and nighttime temperatures for the entire week. If you are retired, or work from home, and don't leave the house for significant amounts of time, this option may be best for you.
  • 5 + 2 Day Model: This model allows you to set the weekdays on one schedule and the weekend on another schedule. This model may work best if your weekday day schedule varies from your weekend schedule.
  • 5+1+1 Day Model: This model allows you to set a weekday schedule and a separate schedule for each of the weekend days.  This model is ideal if you have different schedules for Saturday and Sunday.
  • 7 Day Model: The 7-day model allows you to set each day to a different schedule. This works best for families with changing schedules or busy households where everyone is on the go. 
  • Smart Thermostats: These thermostats offer the option to adjust the heating or cooling with an app on your smartphone, which means you can adjust your thermostat even when you are away from home. If you work irregular hours and aren't sure when you will be heading home, this option lets you check in and make the adjustments so your home will be comfortable when you arrive any time of the day or night. Some models can also be controlled by Alexa by voice command.

If you are ready to install a programmable thermostat, the professionals at Guaranteed Services are here to help. We can assess your current needs and help you choose the ideal programmable thermostat for your home. Contact us today.