What Is A Programmable Thermostat?
You are sitting in a meeting at work when suddenly you remember that you forgot to turn down the thermostat. That thing is going to be telling your AC to blast cold air even though no one is there. What a waste!
If you had a programmable thermostat, this wouldn’t be a problem. A programmable thermostat is designed to adjust the temperature how you want it, when you want it. If everyone leaves the house during the middle of the day, there is no need to heat or cool your house at the same temperature as when everyone is there.
A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the temperature of your house at different times during the day in conjunction with your household’s schedule and needs. Maybe you want to drop the temperature in the evening because you like it a little colder when you sleep- no problem! Want to program it to raise the temperature back up before your alarm goes off for work so you are warm when you get out of bed? You got it! You can even adjust it for a long period of time if you are on vacation.
There are several different brands and types of programmable thermostats out there. Make sure you do your research. You want to find one that is easy to use. Some of them can be complicated to program.
With today’s technology, you can even buy a programmable thermostat that you can adjust from your smart phone. Imagine this- you are on vacation, sitting at the pool, enjoying the sun when all of a sudden you realize that you never adjusted the thermostat! You can’t sit there and waste money on a heating bill, much less the energy it takes to heat an empty house. Fear not, smart consumer, you have the Honeywell Wi-Fi Mart Thermostat that can be adjusted from your phone. You can adjust the temperature in your house while you sip on that margarita by the pool.
Already in bed and can’t stop tossing and turning because you are so hot? Embrace your laziness! No need to go downstairs when you can grab your smart phone off of the nightstand and adjust the temperature without even getting out of bed!
But what do these programmable thermostats cost? Each time you upgrade from a basic thermostat, it will cost you a little more. A programmable thermostat will cost you more money to purchase than a basic thermostat, but they are cost effective. You will save on your bill because you are only heating or cooling a space when you need to, not all of the time. The smart thermostats that you can adjust from anywhere, anytime, will cost you even more. The decision here is to figure out if the convenience is worth the cost for you. Whichever one you choose, a programmable thermostat is a great start in creating an energy efficient home.