Whether you’re shopping for a new programmable thermostat or exploring the options of your recent purchase, it’s important to be familiar with programmable thermostat options so you get the most out of your upgrade. After all, today’s high-tech thermostats do much more than keep your home at a constant temperature. Here’s a look at some additional programmable thermostat options you should be utilizing.
Don’t fear being unable to change the temperature at night in the dark. Backlit displays prevent you from needing to turn on a light in order to make a temperature adjustment.
Voice and/or phone programming
Feeling uncomfortable but don’t feel like walking all the way across the house to adjust the thermostat? Choose a model with remote programming so you can change the setting with your voice or your phone.
Temporary/permanent hold features
When you need to change the temperature from day to day, use the temporary hold feature to override the pre-programmed setting. The regular setting resumes when the next program period arrives. Then, the permanent hold feature lets you save while you're gone on vacation. With this option, the override remains in place until you cancel it.
Don’t ignore the indicator lights that tell you to change the filter or seek maintenance when a malfunction requires professional attention. Heeding these lights can prevent your system from becoming damaged due to ignorance of problems in your HVAC system.
Adaptive recovery features
This senses the amount of time required to reach the next set-point based on how long it took the system to resume a comfortable temperature the previous time. If you have a heat pump, this is one of the programmable thermostat options you can’t do without, though it’s useful with any type of HVAC system.
For more information about shopping for a new programmable thermostat, or making use of the many programmable thermostat options available from your existing device, please contact the professionals at Sobieski Services. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC & plumbing systems).
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