Studies have shown that programmable thermostats save homeowners as much as 15 percent on heating and cooling costs. With a wide array of available options, simple intuitive programming and “smart” interactive features, it’s easy to buy a programmable thermostat to fit your lifestyle.
A programmable thermostat enhances efficiency for heating and cooling your home according to your schedule. There’s no guesswork, it won’t forget, and it’s on duty 24/7/365. The most versatile thermostats provide programming for each day of the week, referred to as seven-day units. These are excellent if you have regularly scheduled activities beyond the typical workweek schedule. The 5+2 units provide one common workweek program, and one weekend program. The 5+1+1 unit is similar, but offers programming for each weekend day. Note that “workweek” and “weekend” may be any days in a row you choose — not strictly Monday through Friday, and Saturday/Sunday. Virtually all models provide four or more daily event changes, often labeled as “morning, daytime, evening, night.
In addition to choosing a unit compatible to your schedule, you need to choose a unit compatible with your heating and cooling systems. For instance, if you have a heat pump with auxiliary heat, or a dual-fuel system, you’ll need a different thermostat than if you have a furnace for heating, and a separate air conditioner for cooling. Also, provide the system manufacturer to your heating and cooling pro to get the most available features possible. These days, programmable thermostats can network compatible comfort systems, like whole-house humidifiers and/or dehumidifiers, for ultimate indoor-climate control and energy savings.
These are a few of the popular features, alerts, and uses you may wish to consider:
- High visibility touchscreen display.
- Alert indications for filter change, low battery, ice blockage and overheating.
- “Hold” for temporary adjustment. Resumes schedule at the next event change.
- WiFi-linkable to access programming, and receive system alerts via online computer, cell phone app or text.
Contact us at Quality Mechanical Services today, and we’ll provide the information you need to buy a programmable thermostat that’s perfect for your needs in northwest Ohio.
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