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How A Programmable Thermostat Puts You Firmly In Charge Of Your Cooling And Heating

How A Programmable Thermostat Puts You Firmly In Charge Of Your Cooling And Heating

If you’re looking to trim your home’s heating and cooling costs–and who isn’t, these days?–a programmable thermostat can help you attain those elusive savings without forcing you to sacrifice your comfort. Most people don’t need to keep their home at a constant temperature all day and night, but you also don’t want to come home to a hot house in the heat of the summer. Installing a thermostat with programmable features allows you to create a cooling schedule that can translate into major savings on your energy bills.

There are several types of programmable thermostats available that allow you to create different temperature plans, or programs, for different days of the week. The simplest types let you create a schedule that runs at the same time every day, but you can also get models that run on a “five-plus-two” schedule, allowing you to create separate programs for weekdays and weekends. Similarly, there are “five-plus-one-plus-one” units, which let you create different heating or cooling schedules for weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays. If you want the most control, you can also purchase advanced models that allow you to create different programs for each day of the week. Programmable thermostats also have manual override switches, allowing you to preempt the ongoing scheduled program and heat or cool your home to the desired temperature right away.

When properly used, programmable thermostats can lead to savings of as much as 20 percent on your heating and cooling costs, all without compromising your comfort. While you can install them yourself, many customers prefer to have the unit set up by a professional, who can then instruct you on the unit’s proper use.

The friendly HVAC professionals at Air-Tro, Inc. can provide you with expert service if you want to take advantage of the potential savings offered by a programmable thermostat. Simply give us a call, and we’ll be happy to walk you through the various options we have available, provide you with a no-obligation quote, and schedule a consultation or installation appointment with one of our NATE-certified technicians.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.


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