Is your house never quite the right temperature? Do you want to save more money on your cooling and heating bills? Do you want more control over the way your HVAC system operates? A programmable thermostat provides a handy solution, allowing you to program your household temperatures in order to suit your lifestyle, schedule and family’s needs.
How Do They Work?
A programmable thermostat allows you to set temperatures in advance based on your daily and weekly schedule. Most households don’t need their HVAC system on around the clock; with a programmable thermostat, you can set your heating system to automatically turn off when you leave the house, and come back on before you return – and the same when you go to bed. This can potentially save you as much as 33 percent on heating bills and up to 20 percent on cooling.
When you shop for a programmable thermostat, consider whether you’d like one you can program on a one-week schedule; one schedule for the work week and a separate one for the weekend; one schedule for the work week, then separate schedules for Saturday and Sunday; or a different schedule every day.
Pick the Right One for Your HVAC System
Before you shop for a programmable thermostat, make sure you choose one that works with your HVAC system. Here are some of the variables that may come into play:
- Works with one-stage heating or cooling: For use with separate heating and air conditioning units.
- Works with two-stage/multi-stage heating or cooling: If your system has more than one speed.
- Works with direct line voltage: 110 or 240 direct current power source, found in some older systems to power the thermostat.
- Zoned HVAC : Zoned systems are becoming increasingly popular, utilizing multiple thermostats to independently control temperatures in different parts of your home.
For more information on choosing the right programmable thermostat for your Dayton area home, contact Detmer & Sons, Inc. today.
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