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The Ultimate Buying Guide for a Programmable Thermostat


Heating and cooling is one of the major cost items in American homes. Each year, American families lose hundreds of dollars heating or cooling empty rooms. This is because the type of systems they have heat or cool uniformly without consideration of whether a space is occupied or not.

The good news is that this can be avoided with a programmable thermostat. In fact, you can schedule your heating and cooling so that you can save energy and of course money. Programmable thermostats can be customized so that the heating and cooling is controlled as visualized.

Remote Access

The first question you should ask yourself is whether you want a remote access thermostat or one that you have to operate manually. With smart technology and the internet of things, you can control your thermostat right from your smartphone.

Some of the remote access features include the ability to make adjustments on the temperature based on outdoor conditions, occupancy, cost, and more. Even though the one-time installation fee is a bit higher compared to the traditional programmable thermostat, a smart technology programmable thermostat is the most convenient option.
You can also go for the traditional programmable thermostat which allows you to schedule heating and cooling, but it won’t allow you to control it remotely.

Thermostat Features

When buying a programmable thermostat, you may also want to look at the features it comes with. Some of the common, but invaluable features include:

Motion Detector

This feature enables thermostats to detect whether there is any one home. Through this feature, the thermostat can then heat or cool a room when it is occupied and stop when it is empty.

Humidity Sensor

If you live in an area with low or high humidity, a thermostat can help you manage the humidity levels in your home. All that you need to do is connect the thermostat to a humidifier or dehumidifier. The thermostat automatically activates the humidifier to keep humidity at a healthier level.

Weather Forecast

Programmable thermostats are smart enough and can be able to detect outdoor temperature and adjust accordingly. This is very important and convenient because you do not have to step out and check the temperature levels yourself.

Vacation Mode

Are you leaving for work and will be away for quite a while, you can set your programmable thermostat on vacation mode. In this mode, the house will be warm which means the pipes wont freeze and when you come back, the thermostat will switch over to the usual heating schedule.

Intuitive Schedule and Geofencing

Smart programmable thermostat models can learn your patterns and adjust automatically to fit your routine. Geofencing enables them to detect your presence or absence based on the location of your smartphone and change settings accordingly. You only need a few adjustments at the beginning and your cooling heating system will be set for optimal energy efficiency.

Before installing your thermostat, check the warranty to ensure it covers you for a couple of years and whether you can buy extended warranties.