On the Market For A New Thermostat? Consider Your Options — 3 Key Factors

Thermostat settings play a major role in energy consumption in your home. By choosing the right programmable thermostat, and using it correctly and effectively, you can implement a worry-free, energy-saving strategy that will substantially curb your heating and cooling expenses.

There’s a wide array of programmable thermostats available with many options and features from which to choose. UsOn the Market For A New Thermostat? Consider Your Options -- 3 Key Factorse these three key factors to help you choose your new thermostat:

System-specific thermostats

Make sure that the new thermostat matches your heating and cooling system. If you have a heat pump, zoned system, radiant heating or a boiler, you will need a thermostat specific for those systems. For separate heating and cooling systems, such as a furnace and a forced-air air conditioner, choose a “1 stage heat or cool” thermostat. If your heating and/or cooling system has multi-speeds, choose “2 stage or multi-stage” thermostat.

Programming choices

Programmable thermostats typically offer four temperature programs/settings within a 24-hour period. Where they differ is the day-after-day programming, and there are four basic choices:

  • 7-day units allow programming different schedules for each day of the week.
  • 5-2 units offer one set schedule for Monday thru Friday and one set schedule for Saturday and Sunday.
  • 5-1-1 units offer one set schedule for Monday thru Friday, one schedule for Saturday and one schedule for Sunday.
  • 1-week units offer one daily schedule all week long.

Programmable thermostat features

Many thermostat features are available for your comfort and convenience, including:

  • Large touchscreen panels, which are easy to see and use.
  • Remote controls and programming. Some units allow changes to be made from any location in the house.
  • Keyboard lock to safeguard against settings and program tampering.
  • Whether you’re gone two days or two weeks, the vacation mode maximizes energy savings while you’re away. You can return to normal program settings at the touch of a button.
  • Indicator lights are available on some units that signal you when to change the air filter, or when the battery is getting low.

Contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, and we’ll be happy to help you choose your new thermostat.

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

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