Are you getting the most out of the thermostat in your home? If you are currently using a traditional model that requires you to manually update the temperature setting, the answer is most likely “no.” Programmable thermostats offer many great features that are not available in manual models, and they can benefit Bay Area homeowners in many different ways. Today we’re going to explain those benefits by answering the question, “Why should I buy a programmable thermostat?”

What’s the difference between a programmable thermostat and a manual thermostat?

With a manual thermostat, any time that you want to change the temperature in your home you must walk over to the thermostat and adjust the setting yourself. With programmable thermostats, you can enter in your desired temperature levels for different times of the day and different days of the week, and the thermostat will save those settings and adjust your home’s temperature automatically. You can still manually adjust the thermostat, but the programmable features offer many great benefits for your home (as you’ll see below).

Why should I buy a programmable thermostat?

  • You will save energy. With a programmable thermostat, you can enter in the times of day that your home is typically empty (like when your family is at school and/or work). During those hours, you can use adjust your thermostat to an energy-saving temperature setting that will be used automatically for every day that you choose. You could also do this with a manual thermostat, however you’d have to change the temperature yourself every day. A programmable thermostat will save you from the days when you’re in a hurry or simply forgot to adjust your temperature setting, so you’ll maximize your energy savings.
  • You won’t have to wait for your home to heat up or cool down. Another great part about programmable thermostats is that you don’t have to be at home or awake to change the temperature setting, because the thermostat will do it automatically. So if you like your home at a certain temperature when you wake up or get home from work, you can tell your thermostat to start heating or cooling your home in advance so that it is at the perfect temperature right when you want it.
  • You can utilize other advanced features. In addition to programmable capabilities, programmable thermostats often come with many other advanced features.  Some examples include touch screen displays, backlighting, reminders to change your air filter, alerts when something is wrong with your system and more!

If you have any questions about why to buy a programmable thermostat, or if you’d like a heating system serviced or installed in your home, contact Cabrillo, your Bay Area plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractor.