About Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats are a geat example of HVAC technology that can save homeowners money on energy bills. By using a programmable thermostat, you can easily save money by regulating your home’s temperature, whether you are at home or not. Four settings make it easy to program the temperature of your home, whether it’s the hot summer or cold winter.

Programmable thermostats come with pre-programmed settings that are designed to help you save. If these settings don’t work for your family’s schedule, you can easily reset them to coincide with your climate control needs.

A programmable thermostat allows you to reduce the amount of heating and cooling on an as-needed basis. The flexibility of programming from a programmable thermostat means that you won’t be operating the machinery as frequently as with a standard thermostat. A programmable thermostat is able to store and repeat multiple daily settings (six or more temperature settings a day), and also offers the capability of a manual override that won’t interfere with the running of the rest of the daily or weekly programs.

Our experts can help you figure out whether or not the pre-programmed settings are right for your needs or whether you need a custom program. Because a programmable thermostat also needs to be safely and correctly installed, we can take care of that too, and help you choose a model that suits your needs and your budget.

Programmable thermostats are generally either digital, electromechanical or some hybrid of the two. A digital thermostat offers the most features and flexibility. Digital features include: multiple setback settings, overrides, and adjustments for daylight savings time. However, these diverse variations and settings may be too complex for some homeowners. Electromechanical thermostats don’t offer as many options, but are usually operated using pegs or sliding bars, making them somewhat easier to program.

If you’re not at home, you don’t need to heat or cool it as much as you do when the family is at home. You can also pre-set the settings for when you are asleep, and adjust them accordingly for when the family is awake. When you are making decisions about when to program your thermostat, consider your family’s habits. When do you go to bed? You probably won’t notice much going to bed in a cooler environment in the winter, so you can set the heat to a lower temperature before bedtime. Then you can also program the thermostat to heat up before you wake up. Also consider when the house is unoccupied during the day, and program the thermostat accordingly.

A programmable thermostat is a great way to save energy and money, while satisfying your family’s energy needs.

T.F. O’Brien services the Long Island, New York area.

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