When considering substantial changes to your Amarillo-area home’s HVAC system, upgrading to a programmable thermostat is probably not even on your list. This is because such a small change may seem insignificant compared to purchasing a new furnace or central air conditioner. But upgrading to a programmable thermostat is a wise investment.
Advantages of Upgrading to a Programmable Thermostat
Your old analog thermostat may still work, but it is costing you money. By upgrading to a programmable thermostat, you can get all, or at least some, of the following:
- Complete control of your day’s heating and cooling demands in four distinct time periods (generally, morning, empty house, return home, and overnight)
- Self-regulating thermostats with self-correcting controls that make your furnace or central air conditioner perform at peak efficiency
- Remote programming and communication—including Wifi thermostats and units you can control by telephone from anywhere in the country
- Vacation mode to provide optimum operating savings when your home is empty
- Diagnostics on your entire HVAC system from one convenient location
- Reminders to replace batteries, change out air filters, or schedule maintenance
Programmable Thermostat Choices
When upgrading to a programmable thermostat for your Amarillo home, consider your three options:
- 5-1-1 models—A 5-1-1 programmable thermostat treats the five weekdays as a single schedule (morning setting, empty house setting to conserve energy, return home setting, and overnight setting for energy conservation). The two weekend days are each treated separately.
- 5-2 models—With a 5-2 programmable thermostat, the weekday schedule is identical each weekday, and the two weekend days operate separately. This is useful if your weekends are markedly different than your weekdays.
- Seven-day models—A seven-day model allows you to program each day separately, so you can build in energy efficiency while still ensuring comfort.
To learn more about programmable thermostats, contact us at Amarillo Air Conditioning.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas 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.
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