If you’re thinking about buying a programmable thermostat, simplify the process with this handy buyer’s guide.
Know your HVAC system
The programmable thermostat that you use must be able to work with your HVAC system. Select the right thermostat for your single-stage, two-stage or multistage system. And know your home power source, too. For instance, in older homes that utilize 240-volt direct current, you’ll need a thermostat that works with that kind of power. Further, if you have a zoning system, make sure that the thermostat you select can accommodate it.
Choose your options
Programmable thermostats have come a long way, and some models now include ultra-convenient features such as:
- 7-day programming, with settings for each day of the week. This type of device allows you to set a different schedule Sunday through Saturday, and is particularly useful for families with varying daily schedules
- 5-1-1 programs feature one schedule for the weekdays, and a different schedule for Saturdays and Sundays
- 5-2 day programming offers limited settings, with one for weekdays and one for weekends
- 1-week devices are generally the most cost-effective option, but limit you to the same setting for every day of the week
Consider additional features that will help you maximize your use of a programmable thermostat such as:
- Touchscreen controls
- Programming periods that suit your lifestyle. Most devices allow for four programs per day
- Backlit displays
- Reminder lights, which help you remember when to change the batteries in the device, and change your HVAC system’s air filter
- Automatic daylight savings adjustments
- Remote programming
- Vacation mode, which allows you to override the programmed setting while you’re gone
A programmable thermostat can revolutionize your home comfort and savings. For more information, contact the area’s leading HVAC provider at NisAir Air Conditioning & Heating today. We serve homeowners in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River counties.