If you’re like most people, you grew up in a home with a manual thermostat that controlled temperatures during both the heating and cooling seasons. Most people tend to take their manual thermostat for granted – fully heating and cooling their home even when nobody’s home. That’s why you can likely reap big savings with a thermostat upgrade to a programmable model.
How to Choose a Thermostat Upgrade
You first task will be to find a thermostat that will work with the type of HVAC system in your home. Different models are used for different situations, such as heating only, cooling only, both heating and cooling, or a heat pump. Some models are specially suited for different power sources.
Scheduling options for the thermostat’s programming also must be considered:
- One-week – Whatever temperature changes you set will be the same every day of the week.
- 5-2 – The scheduling is the same for five consecutive days, and then different for two days (usually the weekend).
- 5-1-1 – The scheduling is the same for five days, different for the sixth day, and different for the seventh day. Homeowners usually select Saturday and Sunday for the two different days.
- 7-day – You can set a different program for each day of the week.
You’ll have numerous advanced features to choose from. They include a backlit display, WiFi connectivity, touch-screen controls and vacation settings, among others. Adaptive technology also allows the thermostat to “learn” your tendencies and preferences and adapt to them.
Of course, the main utility to a programmable thermostat upgrade is that you can set the programming one time and stop worrying about it. Your energy-saving settings can shave as much as 30 percent off monthly utility bills.
While some programmable thermostats are easy to install, some definitely require professional installation. At Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, we offer handyman services for a variety of household tasks, including thermostat installation. Contact us today for help in the greater Cincinnati area.
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