Choose the Right Thermostat
There are four primary types of programmable thermostats. The most expensive is the seven-day programmable thermostat, which is ideal for individuals or families that have inconsistent schedules. You can program a different heating and cooling schedule for each day of the week. A 5-1-1 programmable thermostat lets you set a specific heating and cooling schedule for the week, as well as a separate heating and cooling plan for Saturday and Sunday. A 5-2 programming is the same as a 5-1-1 programmable thermostat, except Saturday and Sunday will be on the same heating and cooling plan. The least expensive thermostat is one with 1-week programming. This thermostat is ideal if you expect to use the same heating and cooling plan each day for the entire week.
Consult with your AC Maintenance Specialist
Before investing in a programmable thermostat, ask an HVAC repair expert to match your existing HVAC system with a compatible programmable thermostat. Ask them about the newer programmable thermostats that are automatically programmed and adjustable through Wi-Fi.
Programming the Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is worthless if the user does not program it. Most programmable thermostat come with presets for the average American family. But we recommend adjusting these settings for your schedule to ensure comfort and energy savings. In the winter, program the thermostat to 68º when you are home, and lower the heat by 10º or 15º when you are either asleep or outside of the home. In the summer, program the air conditioner to 78º. When you do not need cooling, manually shut off the air conditioner.