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3 Reasons to Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

Are you tired of walking into an exceptionally warm or cold home each and every day? We don’t blame you. When you’ve had a difficult, long day at work or are just arriving home after an exhausting trip, the last thing you want to experience is discomfort in your own home. After all, your home should be a place of refuge. Standard thermostats don’t offer homeowners much control over the temperature in their homes. Sure, you can set the temperature to your preferred setting while you’re at home, but what about when you’re away for hours, or even days, at a time? We’ve got the solution for you: programmable thermostats. By switching to a programmable (“smart”) thermostat, you regain control over your home’s temperature and reinstate comfort and peace of mind.

What is a programmable thermostat?

It’s not as complex as you think; in fact, it’s exactly how it sounds. A programmable thermostat allows you to pre-program your preferred temperature settings. For example, you can program your thermostat to turn the temperature up when you leave for work and down for when you return. Gone are the days where you walk into an uncomfortable home. Not only will your home better reflect your desired temperatures, you’ll also enjoy increased efficiency, year-round savings and comfort!

What’s the hype surrounding programmable thermostats?

If you need a little convincing, don’t worry – that’s what we’re here for. A programmable thermostat boasts numerous benefits, all of which you will love right off the bat. Here are three reasons why you should switch to a programmable thermostat now!

1. Lower Energy Costs = Savings

Many homeowners have a love-hate relationship with summer. While you may be enjoying the warmer weather, you may also be dreading your monthly energy costs this season. With a programmable thermostat, you can expect to use less energy, which will translate into savings. They key, though, is that you have to actually utilize its technology to save money. When you take advantage of all that it has to offer, you can see savings up to 15 percent each year.

2. Constant Comfort

With a programmable thermostat, you won’t have to wait for the air conditioning or heating to kick on to feel comfortable. This is where the scheduling features comes into play. Before setting your desired temperatures for the day, consider your family’s daily schedule. If the house is empty between 8AM – 6 PM, keeping your A/C on the entire day would only waste energy. Instead, set your thermostat to turn to a higher temperature while no one’s home. You can also program it to turn back on before you get home, preventing you from walking into a hot (or cold) mess. Once you’ve programmed your pre-determined heating and cooling schedules, simply let your thermostat take care of the rest!

3. More Control

You aren’t limited to a select few programmable thermostats. You have a variety to choose from, ranging from basic to high-tech. The model you end up should depend on your heating and cooling needs. Newer models come with Wi-Fi capability, allowing you to check in on your home’s heating and cooling and adjust the temperature from either your phone, tablet or computer. This feature is especially useful for when you are away on a business trip or vacation.

These systems are meant to add convenience to your life, not complications! While the technology behind them is sophisticated, they’re very user-friendly. If you’re worried about the complexity of a programmable thermostat, rest assured we will help you learn all the ins and outs of your new system so that you can get the most out of it.

Which thermostat is best?

A programmable thermostat is only as smart as its user, so it’s important to choose one you’ll actually use. There are four different types of thermostats to choose from:

7-Day Programming: This thermostat will allow you to program temperatures for every day of the week. We recommend homeowners with chaotic schedules install this type, as it allows for the most flexibility.

5-1-1 Programming: This thermostat enables homeowners to program one heating/cooling schedule for the week and a different schedule for Saturday and Sunday.

5-2 Programming: This thermostat is like the 5-1-1 thermostat except that Saturdays and Sundays will have the same setting.

1-Week Programming: This thermostat allows for one heating and cooling setting that will be in effect for every day of the week.

If you’re not sure which thermostat would best suit your home and needs, give Mainstream a call today! We can help you choose the best system and install it so that you can start reaping all the benefits as soon as possible. You can schedule your appointment with us online or give us a call at (866) 978-9297.