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Saving Time and Money Using Programmable Thermostats

If your house is anything like most people’s houses, it gets hot during the day and cold during the night at the end of spring and into the beginning of summer. Most homeowners struggle with getting the temperature just right. Learn how to finally crack the code and make your house more comfortable during this yearly transition period by using a programmable thermostat.

Here are some of the reasons you might consider switching to a programmable thermostat.

Climate control is an important element in every home, not only for comfort but also for budgetary reasons. Spending money on unnecessary heating and cooling is something nobody likes doing. Using a programmable thermostat can help your heating and cooling system work more efficiently, thereby saving you money. Programmable thermostats control your system automatically so you don’t have to. They can raise or lower the temperature at specified times to conserve energy. Some units can even be operated remotely by telephone or via the Internet. This gives you the flexibility to cool down different parts of your house that might get too hot during the day while not making other spots feel like an industrial freezer.

Remote-access programmable thermostats allow you to check the temperature as well as raise and lower it from across the room or across the country. Using the latest technology, programmable thermostats not only do everything their predecessors did but they can also be controlled from anywhere. If you are often on the go, having the ability to control things from your phone is especially convenient.

While those are some of the main reasons you might make the switch, there are even more benefits to using some programmable thermostats:

  • More efficient operation of your HVAC system, saving you money and extending the life of your equipment.
  • Improved ventilation, which has been linked to healthier homes.
  • Lockable keypads to prevent unauthorized operation. This prevents your children from turning your HVAC system into a game!
  • Remote monitoring your home’s temperature. If you have pets, this one is important, as you can make sure the house doesn’t become too uncomfortable while you are gone.
  • Remote control of thermostat settings eliminates worry.
  • Optional text messaging from your unit can inform you of problems before they become serious.
  • Remotely switch to energy-saving mode to further reduce energy costs.
  • Most programmable thermostats can be installed regardless of your current system’s configuration so there are no extra hidden costs in setting up/installing one yourself.

Do you use a programmable thermostat? Why did you make the switch?

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  • Irene July 22, 2012, 11:45 am

    you can’t expect your a/c to make more than a 30 dergee difference. It just won’t do it, but will bleed you dry trying and will wear out the unit faster (thus bleeding you dry even faster). That means that we’re okay until the weather exceeds 110, which it has far too often this summer. One thing to be careful with actually shutting off heat or a/c, depending upon the differential you could actually cost yourself more money getting to your desired temp quickly than you would just setting it low/high when you’re not home–that’s what the programmable thermostat is for, it gets you to your desired temp slowly without allowing things to get too cold/hot as to do damage. And if you’re in a particularly humid climate, you will actually accelerate the formation of mold by turning off your a/c when not in the house for very long. Aside from the gross factor, that’s bad for allergies, respiratory ailments and that gross deadly mold stuff that you can’t get rid of and actually makes you stupid.

  • dan July 6, 2012, 4:35 pm

    Got a new programmable thermostat last summer . Tech who installed it set it up like all the other ones he had installed. Well apparently with a forced air system it works great not so good with a hot water system like i have .Had a tech in to fix a boiler problem fxed that no problem .Asked if he could reprogramme my thermostat for hot water he could not said there is a specific code called around for me no sucess. So its working like my 1960 thermostat did .So much for technology.My question does anyone know how to programme one with hot a hot water system.

  • Brad Franklin June 15, 2012, 4:04 pm

    Cu they look cooler than traditional thermostats!

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