Identify Your HVAC System
Before you choose a new thermostat, you should first identify the make and model of your HVAC system. Although most new programmable thermostats are compatible with almost all types of heating and cooling systems, you’ll want to make sure before you purchase a thermostat. If you aren’t sure what type of heating and cooling system you have, ask your HVAC service provider for help.
Choose Your Options
A programmable thermostat makes the most efficiency use of your HVAC system by automatically adjusting the set temperature throughout the day. However, different programmable thermostats offer varying levels of control and different run schedules. For the ultimate in flexibility, choose a 7-day thermostat so you can set different programs every day of the week. If your schedule isn’t quite as busy, a 5-1-1 or 5-2 day programmable thermostat should accommodate your routine.
Get a Professional Recommendation
There are quite a large number of different programmable thermostats on the market, and few people are as qualified to make a personalized recommendation as your HVAC service provider. Not only can a professional recommend the best type of programmable thermostat based on your HVAC system, routine, and budget, but he or she will be able to properly install your thermostat, to ensure great performance and optimal energy savings throughout the year.