How to Use a Programmable Thermostat to Save While Staying Comfy

June 11, 2015

With energy costs rising and more emphasis being put on the climate, effective control over the home heating and cooling systems has become more of an imperative concern. However, it is of equal importance to enjoy a comfortable environment, and it is here that the programmable thermostat comes into its own

Types of Programmable Thermostats

There are a number of programmable thermostats available, each offering different levels of control. This flexibility can make the difference to the annual energy bill. Here's a look at the four main types:

  • 1-week programming is the simplest type, allowing a cooling and heating plan to be repeated throughout the week.
  • 5-2 thermostats allows a week day program and a second program for the weekend.
  • 5-1-1 options permit a weekly program with individual options for Saturday and Sunday.
  • 7-day is the most flexible, allowing individual programming for each day.

Extra Features

Some programmable thermostats come with extra features, such as humidity detection systems and wireless units, which allow the user to re-program while away from the house. This feature is extremely useful should work or vacation plans change. All units also include a boost facility that allows the system to be manually switched on.

Daily Schedules

Programmable thermostats can be set to come on when the house is being used, but left off during the quiet periods. This equates to an immediate savings on the household bill while maintaining comfort, as the heating/cooling systems are not activating when no one is present in the home. The more flexible the thermostat settings, the more options become available and the higher the potential savings.

Local climate knowledge is important when choosing a programmable thermostat, and here at Lozier Heating & Cooling, we have over 100 years of experience in Des Moines and the surrounding area. Our trained, friendly technicians are waiting to discuss all your thermostat options, so please do not hesitate to contact us for further information. Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Des Moines, Iowa area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). Credit/Copyright Attribution: "lucadp/Shutterstock"