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3 Tips for Buying a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable Thermostat
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A programmable thermostat is a great option to take control of the energy use in your Port Arthur, Texas, home. You waste so much energy when heating or cooling a home with no one inside it, translating to high utility bills that can put a strain on your monthly budget. Unfortunately, no two thermostats are the same, so you need to make sure that you choose the right one to fit your needs. Below are some tips to help you find the best thermostat for your home.

Make Sure It Will Work With Your System

You will need to find a programmable thermostat that can work with your specific system as well as the wiring in your home. While a technician can make some adjustments if wiring is an issue, a thermostat will not work if it isn't compatible with the system. Some thermostats are designed for an AC/furnace combo and a heat pump. You will also have to choose one that is for a single- or two-stage system.

Choose One With Programming to Fit Your Lifestyle

Programmable thermostats will come in one of four different scheduling models with each designed to program a certain number of days and nights. Scheduling to choose from include:

  • 7-day: These models will allow you to set a different program temperature for each day of the week.
  • 5-1-1: This will allow for a Monday through Friday schedule and individual schedules on Saturday and Sunday.
  • 5+2: These models will have two different temperature schedules, which includes weekdays and weekends.
  • 1 Week: These are one of the most simple scheduling models which will set one daily schedule for every day of the week.

Consider a Master Thermostat for Zoned Systems

If your house has zoning, you may want to invest in a master thermostat that can control the other thermostats in each zone. This way, you will not need to set up multiple thermostats.

Follow the tips above when buying your programmable thermostat. Need help choosing? Contact us at 866-797-1535. One of our Thermacon Service Company, Inc. specialists will help find the best model for your home.

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