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Benefits of Having a Programmable Thermostat

Benefits of Having a Programmable Thermostat

As a homeowner, you may likely have wondered if you should be switching to a programmable thermostat to increase your home’s efficiency.

At Modern HVAC, we recommend investing in a programmable thermostat for the following reasons:

1. Lowers Cost

One of the best ways to lower your high energy bills is to invest in a programmable thermostat – no really!

With these fancy thermostats, you can customize a schedule that adapts to your routine. Say goodbye to manually having to switch the thermostat before you leave and when you come home after work. You can adjust your thermostat’s settings instead to raise or lower the temperature accordingly.

What’s more is that your energy savings will quickly outweigh the cost of making the upgrade. When you make proper use of your thermostat, you can cut your energy bill cost by an estimated 10%!

2. Offers More Precise Temperature Control

One of the main reasons why we’re seeing homeowners choose a programmable thermostat installation is thanks to more specific temperature control. Manual thermostats have the tendency to vary around five degrees in temperature. Meanwhile, programmable thermostats only vary within half a degree.

As such, with a programmable thermostat, you can benefit from setting your home’s temperature at the exact precise temperature you’re looking for! In other words, the temperature you set your thermostat at, is the temperature you’ll get.

3. Maintains a Consistent Temperature in Your Home

In addition to offering more precision, your programmable thermostat will also more efficiently maintain the temperature consistently throughout your living space.

All you have to do is customize the schedule, set the temperature, and your heating or cooling system will start pushing air consistently throughout the rooms in the house – better than with a standard thermostat.

As such, you won’t have any significant hot or cold areas of your home during the summer or winter months.

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4. Improves Zoned Heating and Cooling

If you have zoning systems, or you’re looking to improve climate zones within your home, you should invest in a programmable thermostat! With a quality, custom programmable thermostat, you will have lots of control over zoning rooms which require certain conditioning requirements.

In addition to maintaining temperature and climate for each zone, you’ll notice that a programmable thermostat installation will help to further reduce your energy bill.

5. Provides On-The-Go Temperature Control

Forgot to set the temperature before you left for work? No problem! Whether you’re outside grilling on the patio, running a quick errand, or inside watching TV in the other room, many models of smart programmable thermostats have Wi-Fi compatibility and can be controlled from your smart phone, laptop, tablet, or computer.

No more having to actually run downstairs to adjust the temperature or leave the comfort of your lawn chair. Enjoy a more flexible experience with a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat!

6. Optimizes Your HVAC System

Improving the energy efficiency of the HVAC system in your home is yet another reason to consider investing in a programmable thermostat. For example, if your HVAC system is getting older, but you and your HVAC technician aren’t going to switch to a new system just yet, then it might instead be a better choice to install a programmable thermostat.

Reduce workload of your existing furnace or air conditioning unit with a programmable thermostat and benefit from overall less strain on the system.

If you suspect that you do need a furnace replacement, read our articles here about signs your furnace needs a replacement and what to know before installing a new furnace.

7. Reduces Time Spent Adjusting Temperature

Is the weather outside really cold or uncomfortably hot? Spend less time reducing or raising the temperature in your home and more time doing the things you love to do!

With programmable thermostats, you don’t have to worry about multiple adjustments throughout the day, right before you leave, once you get home, at the end of the night before bedtime, etc. So once your thermostat is set, you can forget it and go about your day!

Have questions for a local, trusted HVAC company? Contact our team today!

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Different Types of Programmable Thermostats

There are several different types of programmable thermostat that our technicians can help you choose from. These include:

7-Day Thermostats

Need a different heating/cooling schedule each day of the week? A 7-day programmable thermostat is the best option for families or individuals with varying schedules. The benefit of a 7-day thermostat is that it’s highly customizable.

5+2 Thermostats

Work 9-5 Monday through Friday? 5+2 programmable thermostats might make the most sense for you. Take the manual process out of setting your thermostat every week and simply adjust the temperature for the five days you’re working and the two days you’re at home.

5+1+1 Thermostats

As their name implies, 5+1+1 thermostats allow homeowners to set the temperature for Monday-Friday and then at different temperatures for Saturday and Sunday when you’re home or working on other tasks.

Smart Thermostats

Many homeowners opt for the smart thermostat, since it allows Wi-Fi capability with your smart phone or computer. This makes setting and adjusting the temperature easy while on-the-go. If you tend to have an irregular schedule or sometimes forget to set the thermostat, you should consider a smart thermostat.

Learning Smart Thermostats

A similar option is the learning smart thermostat, which adjusts based on the daily habits in your home and self-programs a schedule customized just for you. These are also Wi-Fi compatible and can be programmed with your smart phone, computer, etc.

Heat-Pump Specific Thermostats

If you have a heat-pump or are looking to invest in one, then you should talk with your HVAC technician about getting a heat-pump thermostat. Enjoy great energy savings with a heat-pump specific thermostat!

Need help knowing which thermostat is right for you? Contact the experts at Modern HVAC today!

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Programmable Thermostats FAQs

What is a programmable thermostat?

What makes programmable thermostats stand out is their capability for adjusting the times you’d like to adjust the heat or A/C in your home according to a pre-set schedule, as opposed to manually adjusting yourself.

Are programmable thermostats a good idea?

Yes! programmable thermostats are absolutely a good investment. For every 1 degree you turn down your thermostat, you’ll use 1% less energy. While these thermostats have an upfront cost, their investment is worth the reduced energy bills and less strain overall on your HVAC system.

What are the cons of programmable thermostats?

There are a couple possible drawbacks to investing in a programmable thermostat for your home. For example, they’re not suitable for all heating and cooling systems. Also, depending on the type you choose, such as a smart or learning smart thermostat, you can expect a higher cost. The bells and whistles of more advanced thermostats may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Can I install a programmable thermostat myself?

If you’re a handy DIY-er, then you can install most types of thermostats yourself, even more advanced programmable or smart thermostats. You’ll want to remember to turn off the breaker for the HVAC system. If you feel more comfortable having a professional handle the work, Modern HVAC is just a call away!

Read More: Heating and Cooling Guide

Why Choose Modern HVAC?

At Modern HVAC, we’ve dedicated more than 60 years to serving customers throughout the city of Appleton, Menasha, Neenah, Darboy, Kimberly, Kaukauna, Little Chute, and Greenville. We specialize in a number of HVAC solutions – from furnace installations and repairs, to air conditioning maintenance services, to indoor air quality.

In addition to our service installations and repairs, our team can also talk with you about the HVAC products we install. These include air conditioners, furnaces, filters, humidifiers, and thermostats alike.

Ready for an appointment? Schedule here, or give us a call directly at (920) 733-4713. We are proud to provide 5-star HVAC services for residential and commercial customers alike throughout the Fox Valley!

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Modern Sheet Metal provides furnace and air conditioner service, repair, replacement and installation throughout Appleton, Neenah, Menasha, Darboy, Kimberly, Kaukauna and Greenville. Please call us at 920-733-4713 to discuss your residential or commercial heating & cooling needs!