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The thermostat is a tiny, but critical piece of equipment in your home. It’s responsible for controlling the temperature and comfort of the air within your home. If you’re dealing with an older thermostat, you’re most likely very familiar with having to trudge to the thermostat every time that you want to adjust the temperature. Forgetting to adjust it could mean coming home to a home that is either too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter when all you want to do is sit down and relax.

If you’re tired of dealing with your old thermostat, now’s a good time to consider upgrading to a programmable one. A programmable thermostat controls your home’s temperature 24/7. Instead of having to change the temperature regularly yourself, the thermostat does it for you. It’s an incredible piece of equipment that comes with several amazing benefits.

Reduce Your Energy Bills

A programmable thermostat allows you to set your desired temperatures based on your specific schedule. This way you’re not wasting energy that’s not needed when no one’s home or when you’re sleeping. This is great for saving energy. You’ll also start to see those energy savings in the form of money savings. Your energy bills will be noticeably lower than what they used to be with your old thermostat.

Keep Your Home Comfortable All of the Time

Remember the days of having to get out of your cozy bed on a cold winter morning to adjust the thermostat, and then having to wait while your home warmed up? What about coming home from work in the middle of summer and walking into a stuffy, too warm house? Those days are long gone with a programmable thermostat. You can program your thermostat so that it reaches your desired temperature before you get up in the morning or before everyone gets home. This way, your home is always comfortable. No waiting necessary.

Improve Your Air Quality

The main job of your HVAC system is to control the temperature of the air inside your home, keeping it warm or cool depending upon the time of year it is. This isn’t the only job it has, though. It controls the air quality inside your home as well, preventing the air from becoming too moist. A house that is too hot or too cold for too long can impact your home’s humidity levels, which can result in severe issues like mold, mildew, and other allergens. Those with allergies can also suffer. A programmable thermostat can help to keep your home at more consistent temperatures, which also helps to improve your air quality.

Zoning Options

There’s a good chance that there are certain parts of your home that aren’t used as much as others. Or you have a specific area of the home that gets warmer than others simply because of the way that the house is laid out. Programmable thermostats give homeowners a unique opportunity to zone their homes. This means that you can control the temperatures of different areas of your home based on things such as which way certain rooms face, how many levels you have, how many people are in the home, where you spend most of your time during a specific part of the day and more. You can keep certain areas of your home warmer or colder than others. At the same time, this can also help to reduce your energy bills as your HVAC isn’t working as much to heat or cool the entire home to the same temperature.

Control the Temperature Remotely

One of the coolest features of many programmable thermostats is that you can control them remotely. Several programmable thermostats come with WiFi capabilities, which means that you can access them from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. This way, if you’re going to be home sooner than you thought, or you forgot to change a setting, there’s no need to worry. You can take care of everything, even though you’re not at home.

More Environmentally Friendly

Programmable thermostats are eco-friendly. Traditional analog thermostats contain mercury, which enables them to read the temperature in the house. Programmable thermostats have no mercury. They also help to reduce your carbon footprint. Energy production creates greenhouse gases. With less energy usage, you help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Reduce Wear and Tear on Your HVAC System

When your HVAC system is continuously running, it is much more likely to wear out more quickly. This means that you could be shelling out a significant amount of money in repairs and maintenance as parts begin to wear and break. You may also end up having to replace the entire unit well before you originally anticipated. By setting the temperatures throughout the day, your HVAC system will run most only when you need it to. This can help to reduce overall wear and tear, helping to extend the life of your unit.

Multiple Settings for Less Stress

Many types of programmable thermostats come with several setting options. This means that you can set your thermostat for your typical day to day life as well as for times when you won’t be home for extended periods, such as a vacation. This way, you can enjoy your vacation, rather than having to worry about your energy usage while you’re not even at home.

Easy to Use

Programmable thermostats are fairly easy to use. Even those who aren’t technologically savvy can figure them out. These types of thermostats have touchscreens rather than dials to make adjustments. You can easily set your desired temperatures for every day of the week as well as for the different times of the day (such as when you’re at home versus when you’re at work). If you do have trouble using your thermostat, the manual can help. There are also plenty of troubleshooting guides online, or you can contact your HVAC specialist.

Get Information about Your System

Along with the touchscreen, programmable thermostats have plenty of other great features. One is that the screen will show you the exact temperature in your home. It can also display a lot of additional beneficial information related to your HVAC system. It can give you helpful reminders that it’s time to change the filter or that there’s something wrong with your unit that requires servicing. In addition to capabilities such as WiFi, programmable thermostats make keeping your home comfortable a breeze.

Final Thoughts

There are so many reasons to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. Keep in mind that there are many to choose from. When selecting your new programmable thermostat, you’ll need one that not only fits your lifestyle, but that matches your HVAC system as well. If you’re in the market for programmable thermostats, our HVAC technicians will help you to select one that fits your needs and your life.

Billy Henley
Billy Henley is the Vice President of Operations for BHI Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. Before becoming vice president, he worked six years in the field as a service technician and has over ten years of experience working in the industry. Billy often shares his knowledge about plumbing and HVAC issues on industry publications.

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