Installing programmable thermostats is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce your energy bills without sacrificing home comfort. After the initial setup, you don’t have to do anything more to enjoy lower utility bills and a home that’s always at the right temperature.
There are several different types of programmable thermostats; the type that’s best for you will depend on your family’s schedule and the features that you desire. First, select the type of programming that makes sense for your family:
- 5+2 day programming: This type of thermostat allows you to create different settings for weekdays and weekends. It’s best for people that work during the week and have similar schedules on Saturdays and Sundays.
- 5+1+1 day programming: If your schedule is the same during the week but different on weekends days, this is the right type of thermostat for you.
- 7-day programming: If your schedule varies from day to day, this type of thermostat allows you to create a different setting for each day of the week.
After you decide what type of programming you need, select the various features you would find useful:
- Backlit displays make it easy to read the current temperature and settings.
- Touchpad screens have more robust menus and provide an interface that’s easy to use.
- Remote programming options allow you to change settings from the telephone or Internet.
- Maintenance indicators can alert you when it’s time to change the air filter or schedule an annual service call.
- Adaptive or smart recovery features mean that your home will reach the desired temperature at the time indicated in the settings. This means that your home will be at just the right temperature when you get home.
There are several programmable thermostats available with a variety of features. Simply decide what you want and need, and work with your heating and cooling contractor to find the one that best matches your preferences.
For more information about programmable thermostats, or to have a new one installed, contact the experts at AirRite. We service the Fort Worth and Arlington area, and we can help you save money on heating and cooling while keeping your family comfortable all year long.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about programmable thermostats and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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