A programmable thermostat is an affordable way to improve the energy efficiency of your home. In some areas, it's even required by building codes. Programmable thermostats allow you to set your home to stay at different temperatures throughout the day. You can save energy by maintaining your home at a temperature closer to the outdoor temperature while you're away for long periods, such as at work or when you are sleeping. A programmable thermostat allows this to happen automatically and for your home to be returned to a comfortable temperature by the time you return or wake up.
There are a few different types of programmable thermostats to choose from based on your schedule:
- 5+2 models offer the ability to program one daily schedule for weekdays and another for weekends.
- 5+1+1 models offer the additional ability to differentiate the schedule for Saturday and Sunday.
- 7-day models offer the most flexibility, allowing you to set a different schedule for every day of the week.
There are a number of other features available that you may want to look for, including:
- Smart recovery—Instead of simply coming on at the set time, thermostats with this feature will figure out when the heating or cooling system has to come on in order to get the home to the set temperature by the scheduled time.
- Indicators—The display can incorporate indicators to remind you to change your air filter regularly or to signal that something's wrong with your heating or cooling system.
- Vacation settings - These allow you to set the temperature to an energy-saving level when you leave town for an extended period without having to reprogram the regular schedule.
- Advanced interface features—There are many options available for making programming easy. These include backlit displays, voice recognition and the ability to be programmed or adjusted from a smartphone.
- WIFI Connectivity to the Internet—this option brings a host of options, too numerous to review here. You can get weather forecasts, outdoor air temperatures, remote programming and diagnostic problem alerts to mention just a few
If you're thinking about a programmable thermostat for your home or want advice on any other heating and cooling issues, contact us at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. Greater Cleveland area residents have looked to us for our expertise in home comfort issues since 1936.Follow @PKwadsworth
Paul 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 over 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. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. 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.
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