Shopping for a Programmable Thermostat? Here Are Your Options

programmable thermostat, Middlesex County massachusettsWhen shopping for a programmable thermostat it is important to consider your lifestyle in order to select the most compatible model for you and your home.

To determine the model that best fits your schedule, consider how often you are away from your home for regular periods of time such as work, school and other activities.

Which programmable thermostat best fits your needs?

  • 7 day: This is the best model for those households where schedules vary from day to day. This type of programmable thermostat gives you the most flexibility for heating and cooling, allowing you to set different programs for different days.
  • 5+2 day: These are a good fit for those with the typical schedule of a five-day work week and a similar schedule on both weekend days.
  • 5-1-1: This model also uses the same schedule for five days, but offers separate programming for each day of the weekend.
  • “Smart” thermostat: This model is Wi-Fi-enabled and can be programmed remotely from a computer or smartphone. These are a good fit for families with irregular schedules and those who tend to forget to program their thermostats before they leave.
  • “Learning” smart thermostat: These models are also Wi-Fi-enabled, however they learn your daily habits and schedule temperatures based on this gathered information. If you know you’ll never sit down and figure out how to operate your programmable thermostat, often forget to adjust settings and have a somewhat regular schedule, this is the thermostat for you.

Additional features to consider:

  • Digital display
  • Backlighting
  • Voice or phone programming
  • Hold and vacation features
  • Air filter indicator light that lets you know when it’s time to change the filter
  • Indicators for system malfunctions
  • Adaptive or smart recovery features that sense the amount of time it will take to reach a given temperature and reach it within that set time

Programmable thermostats make controlling your heating and cooling needs easier, and they can save you money on your energy bill, but only if properly used. For help determining which model programmable thermostat is a good fit for your home, contact Victory Heating· Air Conditioning · Plumbing. Victory has been providing residential and commercial heating, cooling, and plumbing services to Middlesex and Norfolk counties since 1992.

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