Programmable ThermostatAll heating and air conditioning systems are controlled by a small but important device known as a thermostat. These thermostats come in many different models, programmable and non-programmable with colorful interactive touchscreen displays. Thermostats help keep rooms close to the set temperature. Keep in mind that the best place to install a thermostat is on an interior wall and away from vents and other sources of heat and drafts that could distort temperature readings, helping you avoid unnecessary calls to a heating and air specialist like A-1 American. Nearly all the tested models work on common heating and cooling systems, but check the packaging for exceptions.

Programmable Thermostats

A programmable thermostat adjusts the temperature automatically when you are away from the device to save energy and save money by cutting costs on your utility bill. The average household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills. HVAC users can save about $200 a year by properly setting their programmable thermostat and maintaining those settings. They can be programmed so that the furnace or air conditioning doesn’t come on when you aren’t in the home. While gone for long periods of time you won’t need to heat or cool the home so you have the option of programming them to keep the furnace or air conditioning off for that week. These programmable thermostats are a little more expensive but the energy savings will certainly make up for it.

Non-Programmable Thermostat

Non-Programmable Thermostats

Non-programmable thermostats are really quite basic and simply control the temperature in the home.  These non programmable thermostats are usually mechanically but can also be found digital. Since they lack the ability to program you would have to manually shut them off when leaving the home for a long period of time then cut them back on as you return. If you’re having problems either with the installation of the non-programmable thermostat or having a problem with it through normal wear-an-tear, our A/C repair division would be happy to help. Switching the temperature on and off manually isn’t much of an inconvenience but if you’d rather not worry about it it’s best to go with the programmable.

Regardless of which type of thermostat you choose, definitely do some research on that particular model and make sure it will help to accomplish what is most important to you. Just like any piece of HVAC equipment, how well thermostats work really depends on the installation. Make absolute sure that it is installed correctly per the manufacturer’s specifications. If your uncertain about installing the thermostat yourself, call your A-1 American to do it for you. For more information on Thermostats check out this informative article.

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