What to Look for in a Programmable Thermostat

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you should know the benefits of installing a programmable thermostat in your home. Programmable thermostats pack a twofer: they help you conserve energy and save you money. You can simply program your thermostat to adjust itself to your desired temperature an hour before you come home and you’re set! In the meantime, the thermostat can either adjust the temperature up or down (according to the season) or shut off entirely.

There are a few things you need to look for when you decide to go out and purchase one of these thermostats. Here’s a quick list:

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Week long Programming- Having seven days worth of different settings will offer you the most options and control over your new system. If your schedule is rigid, this might not be the most important feature for you.

Vacation Programming– This option is not to be used frequently because it can reduce the system’s efficiency. However, it is the simplest way to override your system with a single touch for those times when you’re going to be out of the house for an extended period of time.

Remote Programming- This all depends on your lifestyle, but for most people, the day’s events are never set in stone. Having a system you can control from your office or car will make your life that much easier. It will also save you on your energy costs in the long run as well.

Touchpad– Touchpads offer a larger, more easily read screen. This will minimize the difficulty of setting the thermostat and reduce the number of mistakes made when entering info.

Filter Alerts- Our readers should know by now that dirty filters have no place in any of your appliances. That being said, it is extremely easy to lose track of when they were replaced or cleaned. Having a filter alert on your system will take of that for you! A clean filter allows your system to run much more efficiently.

Maintenance Alerts– The worst nightmare of any homeowner in Atlanta during the summer is to have their air conditioning break down. You can prevent this by knowing exactly when your system is acting up with maintenance alerts. Having this feature will allow you to get to the little problems before they become big ones.

If you have any questions about finding and buying a programmable thermostat, give R.S. Andrews a call today!

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