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Pros and cons of programmable thermostats

Benefits of Programmable Thermostats

Pros and Cons of a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats are becoming increasingly popular because they can reduce energy costs while keeping your home comfortable throughout the year. With rising energy bills, installing a programmable thermostat makes sense. There are many models to choose from and you can DIY the installation or contact an HVAC professional to do it for you. Once you have the thermostat installed, you can set it and forget it.

Programmable Thermostat Pros

Energy Savings

You can program your thermostat to adjust the temperature during the day while you’re at work or running errands. During the winter, the thermostat will run your furnace at a lower temperature, then kick up the heat so it’s warm when you get home at the end of the day. The opposite applies to the summer with your AC. Your HVAC system won’t burn energy during the day keeping your empty house warm or cool, but it will be operating at the perfect temperature when you arrive home. You’ll soon notice lower energy bills.

Adjust With Your Phone

This is a familiar scenario if you live in the Midwest. You go to work in the morning and it’s 45 degrees and during the day, the temperature climbs to the upper ‘70s with high humidity. Don’t want to return home to a warm, clammy house? No problem. With a few taps on your phone, you can turn on the AC.

Maintenance Reminders

Your programmable thermostat can remind you to change furnace filters and even schedule routine maintenance. Keeping your HVAC system (including the thermostat) in tip-top shape will prolong its life and lower your energy bills.

Programmable Thermostat Cons

Programmable thermostats can be expensive. Some utility companies will provide one for free or at a reduced cost, but keep in mind that they probably won’t service it if something goes wrong. Spending the money for a quality programmable thermostat and proper installation will be recouped over time through reduced energy bills and improved comfort.

Difficult to Install and Program

If you try to install and program the thermostat yourself, it can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not a skilled DIY-er. Going with a reputable HVAC company will ensure that the programmable thermostat is installed correctly and that they will stand behind their product and workmanship.

Incompatibility With Your Existing HVAC System

In some instances, your programmable thermostat may not work with your HVAC system. If you’re unsure, it’s best to consult with an HVAC pro beforehand to determine which kind of thermostat will work best for your heating and cooling system and energy goals.

Atlas Butler Can Install Programmable Thermostats

If you want professional advice on the best programmable thermostat for your home, reach out to Atlas Butler at 1-800-FURNACE. Our phone is answered 24/7 by a live person, and we’ll schedule an appointment with one of our HVAC specialists to assess your heating and cooling needs and recommend the best thermostat solution.

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