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How to Choose the Right Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat in your home is a great way to save on heating and cooling costs. By automatically adjusting the set temperature in your home throughout the day, it is able to make the most efficient use of your system. Instead of heating or cooling your house when you’re not at home, a programmable thermostat has the ability to adjust the temperature itself at certain hours of the day. Best of all, it can save you as much as 33% on heating costs and up to 15 to 25% on cooling. An easy-to-use interface and wide variety of features are some of the other advantages that make a programmable thermostat so appealing.

If you are considering purchasing a programmable thermostat for your home, make sure you consider some of these important tips first!

  1. Pick a thermostat one that best fits your weekly schedule
    Programmable thermostats come in several different scheduling models: 7-day, 5-1-1 day, 5-2 day, and 1-week. The 7-day model offers the most flexibility and is a good option for people with busy schedules. The 5-1-1 day model allows you to set a certain “program” for weekdays and another for weekends. Each program can have up to four different temperature periods. The 5-2 model allows you to set up to four programmable sessions with separate settings for the weekdays and weekends. The 1-week model allows you to set one program for the entire week with up to four sessions. For more information on each type of thermostat, speak with a professional about which model will work the best with your schedule.
  2. Make sure it can work with your current heating and cooling system
    Some programmable thermostats don’t work with certain air conditioning/heating systems, like multi-stage systems. It is important to check this before you buy one. Each type of programmable thermostat will have a description showing which systems are the most compatible with that model.
  3. Decide which features are most important to you
    Programmable thermostats come with a wide variety of features, such as touch pad screens, voice instructions, mobile app usability and dirty air filter alerts. Not all models contain these features, however, so it is important to check the descriptions beforehand.

At Blazer Heating & Air, we believe in providing our customers with environmentally-friendly energy-saving products. Installing a programmable thermostat is one of the best ways you can save energy in your home. Talk to a Blazer professional today about which programmable thermostat model would be the best fit for your home.