What You Should Look For In A Quality Programmable Thermostat


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If you’re looking for a way to add more comfort to your home without breaking the bank, look no further than a programmable thermostat. These handy gadgets are so simple to use that you can set them and let them control the comfort of your home without giving them a second thought. So, what features should you look for when selecting a programmable thermostat? Here are some basic and advanced features of the best options on the market.

Professional Installation

A trained professional should install most programmable thermostats. When working with your electrical system, there is a significant risk of electric shock, or blowing a circuit, so this is a job better left to the pros. Some thermostat models even come with complicated elements, such as calibrating wireless remote sensors, and zone temperature control. The experts at Econoair Heating & Cooling can install a variety of programmable thermostats from top brands such as Carrier, Honeywell, and White Rodgers. Their knowledgeable and friendly team can assist you with all A/C and furnace installation needs.

Energy Savings

The idea behind owning a programmable thermostat is to save money. You’ll accomplish this by controlling the temperature during low and peak usage times in your home, so you aren’t wasting energy. Programmable thermostats have become enormously popular because of how effective they are at controlling the temperature of your home at the times you need it most. Instead of the A/C cooling an empty house while you are at work and the kids are at school, your unit automatically adjusts to a higher temp. This translates into saving you money.

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Easy to Read Digital Display

A programmable thermostat is designed to make your life easier. So, starting with the digital display, look for one that is easy to read and navigate. Thankfully, manufacturers know how important our time is, so they understand the value in not overcomplicating these products. Standard features you should find on any programmable thermostat are the set temperature, actual temperature, time, temperature control option, menu, fan toggle, and cool/heat/unit off toggle. Thermostats with advanced features, such as humidity control and outside temperature will be displayed as well.

Menu Driven Programming

There are a variety of programmable thermostats on the market that operate in different ways. But they all work on the same basic principle: you program them by following the prompts on the menu. It couldn’t be simpler. Some more advanced models offer an “interview style” menu. They ask questions like “What time do you wake up in the morning?” to get a picture of your daily habits. Others simply take you through each day asking you to select times you want the temperature to adjust. You then have to set a temperature for each time. Best of all, if your habits change, you simply go back into the menu and adjust your settings to match your lifestyle.

Allows Temperature Customization

When choosing your programmable thermostat, consider how much control you need over your temperature customization. Some models offer a 7 day setting adjustment, while others offer a 5 day weekday with 2 day weekend customization. If you are looking for full freedom of control, consider a programmable thermostat with wireless capabilities. These allow you to make on demand adjustments from anywhere in your house.

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Faceplate Style

Aesthetics are secondary to functionality, but it’s important to choose a thermostat that looks nice in your home. Most programmable thermostats come in a horizontal style with a sturdy white frame. But you’ll find some vertical models, as well as round. Choosing the right backlit display is also important. You’ll find them in many colors, from green to shades of blue, and even yellow. Make sure you find one that is functional, but also easy on your eyes. 

Solid Manufacturer Warranty

A reliable thermostat should come with a reliable manufacturer warranty. If you have any unexpected problems with the product, you want to know there is someone you can trust to help you take care of defects or other issues beyond your control. Even if you find a promising product at a “good deal”, if the company doesn’t stand behind it, the thermostat could give you trouble in the long run.

As a bonus, you may enjoy a thermostat with a filter replacement reminder, optional settings for vacations, or humidity control. With such a small investment, you can maintain the comfort of your home with minimal effort.

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