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Upgrading To A Programmable Thermostat? Tips For Thermostat Selection

March 29, 2012   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Programmable, Thermostats

Upgrading To A Programmable Thermostat? Tips For Thermostat SelectionAre you thinking about upgrading to a programmable thermostat, but can’t decide what type to select? Programmable thermostats are an excellent investment, as they enable you to easily control your home’s temperature and conserve energy, thereby reducing your energy bills. And with a few basic tips, you can choose the best possible thermostat for your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system and your home.

Consider your existing HVAC system

The heating and cooling equipment you have in place play a huge role in thermostat selection. You’ll need to consider your options if you have a single-stage (separate units for heating and air conditioning), multistage (duel-speed heating and cooling) system, as well as if you have a fireplace or a zoned temperature-control system. Another consideration is direct-line voltage, which is a power source that many older homes use. If these terms seem foreign to you, consult with a professional HVAC technician, who can help you determine what type of heating and cooling equipment you use and what type voltage powers your home.

Think about your routine

The best way to save energy dollars at the thermostat is to program energy-saving setbacks of between 10 and 15 degrees, for eight hours at a time. The best way to do this without sacrificing comfort is to schedule these setbacks while you sleep or are away from home. By upgrading to a programmable thermostat that accommodates your routine, you can enjoy maximum savings and comfort.

The three most common options include:

  • 5+2-day models, which allow separate programming for the five-day week and two-day weekend.
  • 5+1+1-day models, which also allow separate programming for both Saturday and Sunday.
  • 7-day models, which provide ultimate flexibility through daily settings that you program to reflect your unique schedule.

Look into additional features

Once you’ve narrowed your options according to system and routine, it’s time to think about the extras. Depending on your personal needs, you may be interested in the following:

  • Backlit, digital display and touch-screen operation for easy reading and programming.
  • Filter-check reminders so you never again forgot to change your HVAC system’s air filters.
  • Off-site access, so you can adjust your settings while away from home.
  • Malfunction alerts to warn of system problems and safety issues.

Need help?

If you’re upgrading to a programmable thermostat, and you want to get it right the first time, let our expert technicians assist you in finding the best model for your household. We also can  ensure that your thermostat is properly installed in the most appropriate area of your Phoenix-area home. For more information, contact us at Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating today.

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

Ocean Air, Air Conditioning & Heating services the East Valley of Phoenix. Visit our website to see our current promotions and get started today!     

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