Before switching to a programmable thermostat, there are three key considerations you need to make. These will help you choose a model that works with your lifestyle and is compliant with your heating and cooling equipment.
- Know the benefits: If you have always had a manual thermostat, switching to a programmable thermostat may not seem necessary. After all, your manual thermostat keeps the home comfortable and is easy to use. However, because of the limited controls, you can’t boost energy savings with a manual thermostat unless you sacrifice comfort in the process. A programmable thermostat allows you to program setbacks when you’re away from home or sleeping, but then automatically resume a comfortable temperature before you get home or wake up. That way, you can save between 15 and 33 percent on heating and cooling costs without sacrificing comfort.
- Understand your heating and cooling systems: Standard HVAC systems are single-stage, meaning they can either be on or off, so you may need a different thermostat if you have 2-stage equipment that runs on high and low speeds. Then, some older homes have direct current power, which means you need a programmable thermostat that works with direct line voltage. If you have zoning controls, you will need to make sure you’re switching to a programmable thermostat that is compatible. Finally, 24mV thermostats work with fireplaces and wall or floor furnaces.
- Choose settings that match your lifestyle: There are various combinations for programming that you need to choose from. The least flexible option allows for only one basic program for every day of the week. Then, there are 5-2 programming options that allow you to see weekdays and weekends differently. 5-1-1 programming allows for a weekday setting and different settings on Saturday and Sunday. Seven-day programming is the most flexible, allowing you to set each day individually. There are also several advanced features to choose from, such as touch screen controls, backlit display, indicator lights, battery backup systems, and more.
For more help switching to a programmable thermostat, please contact Russell’s Heating and Cooling
. We serve residents of the Hampton Roads area.
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