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Programmable Thermostats Make Whole-House Energy Savings Possible: How To Buy The Right Type

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 @ 03:32 PM

Technology can make life a whole lot easier—but only if you put it to work. Programmable thermostats are one such technology that's not only easy to use, but it will ensure whole-house energy savings all year long.

Programmable thermostats help cut energy costs all year longIt’s easy enough to get excited about a smartphone, but once you buy it, you have to spend time downloading apps and features that work with your lifestyle. The same goes for programmable thermostats. They come pre-loaded with features that optimize energy savings, but if it doesn’t fit how you live your life it will become a wasted investment.

There are two primary factors that your new programmable thermostat must address: the type of HVAC equipment you have and your lifestyle.


The majority of homes have single-stage heating and cooling systems, operating at one speed. However, if you have a two-stage or multi-stage system, you’ll need a device that is compatible with your equipment.

Additionally, older homes often have different, outdated wiring capabilities, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from a programmable thermostat. Just be sure you select a device that can work with your home’s current wiring.

the type of equipment heating and cooling your home can also make a difference.  For example, heat pumps require a specialized thermostat.  Older boiler systems also require special settings to work properly and avoid large swings in temperatures for the programmed set point. 

It is really best to get the advice of a well-trained technician so that you don't make the wrong choice of thermostat. 


Most programmable devices allow you to schedule four different daily settings, but you have some options when it comes to how many different settings you can schedule within one week.

If your family is a busy one, with many, varying out-of-the home activities, you’ll want to select a thermostat that allows for maximum flexibility. But families that maintain a more consistent schedule have options too.

You can select a device with:

  • 7- day option, and schedule a different program for every day of the week
  • 5-2 setting, which allows one program for weekdays, and another for weekends
  • 5-1-1 device, which goes a step further, offering one weekday program and two programs for each weekend day
  • 1-week option, allowing for one program throughout the week

Wisely invest your money by selecting a programmable thermostat that meets your needs and that of your home's equipment, too. For expert advice for all of your home heating and cooling needs, contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling today. We've been serving Northeast Ohio since 1936.


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Paul WadsworthPaul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.




Topics: energy bills, programmable thermostats, energy consumption

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