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Here's What To Look For When Buying A Programmable Thermostat

If you still have an outdated manual thermostat in your home, it’s certainly worth looking into the benefits of programmable thermostats. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, simply by setting back temperatures for eight hours a day (such as when you’re sleeping or away at work) you can save you up to 10 percent on your heating and cooling bills. You can schedule automatic times for this setback with a programmable thermostat so you never sacrifice comfort to enjoy energy savings.

There are several things to look for when selecting the ideal unit for your home from among dozens of programmable thermostats. Here’s a look at three of them.

  • Make sure the unit is compatible. Product packaging makes it easy to find a thermostat that will suit your existing system. You simply need to be familiar with a few characteristics of your heating and cooling equipment. For example, do you have standard one-stage heat or more advanced two-stage heat? Do you have direct line voltage? Is your home fitted with zoned heating and cooling? Your new thermostat needs to be compatible with features like these if your system has them.
  • Choose programming options. Keep your eye out for programmable thermostats that allow you to program the number of setbacks needed for your schedule and lifestyle. You can purchase programmable thermostats that come with the settings typically desired in the average home. You can, of course, make changes to these default settings to suit your needs precisely. Choose from various levels of flexible programming, including 1-week, 5-2 (weekdays and weekends), 5-1-1 (weekdays, Saturday, and Sunday) and 7-day programming.
  • Select advanced features. Basic controls are enough for you to get by, but there are various advanced options that enhance your experience. Choose features you think you’ll need the most such as touch screen controls, backlit display, locking keypad, indicator lights, battery backup and vacation mode.

If you want additional help selecting the ideal programmable thermostat for your home, feel free to contact us at Blanton’s Heating & A/C. We serve residents of Fayetteville.