There are multiple ways a family can manage its heating and air conditioning costs. One of the more common ways is to use a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats work by allowing the user to program the thermostat’s setting for different times during the day or week. The thought of learning how to program yet another device might be intimidating, but most programmable thermostats are easier to use than you think.
There are two major types of programmable thermostats: digital and clock. However, the digital version is more common for consumers looking to buy a programmable thermostat.
The digital thermostats available will vary based on how many settings and schedules they allow. For example, many of the nicer programmable thermostats will allow you to program three or four different temperature settings for each day, with unique schedules for each day of the week.
Less expensive thermostats will often have less flexibility with the programming. For example, there will be fewer settings for each day and only two separate potential schedules—one for the work week and one for the weekend.
The primary benefit of the programmable thermostat is that it allows you to automatically adjust temperature settings to more energy efficient modes during certain times of the day. For instance, during the cold season when no one is home during the day, the thermostat can be set to a lower temperature.
Since the occupants of the home are away, they won't notice that it's colder in the house. The thermostat can be set to bring the temperature back up to a comfortable level about thirty minutes before the occupants come home. This temperature change keeps everyone comfortable but saves on energy while they are away.
To make the best use of a programmable thermostat, you will need to find one that suits the particular heating and air conditioning system in your home. Feel free to contact our team at Climate Control, and learn how a programmable thermostat can help you save on your heating and air conditioning bills.