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Programmable vs. Non-Programmable Thermostats

Geothermal, Heating & Cooling


Your thermostat allows you to communicate with and control your home’s heating and cooling equipment. There are thousands of equipment options available when purchasing a new thermostat, but first, you’ll have to decide whether you want a programmable or a non-programmable thermostat. Let’s take a look at the differences below.

Non-programmable thermostats

A non-programmable thermostat is your most basic option. This type of thermostat will allow you to turn on the heating or cooling system, set the temperature, and operate the system fan. Non-programmable thermostats may also be referred to as manual thermostats, as all adjustments must be made manually. Some non-programmable thermostats offer convenience features such as digital display, backlighting, or a touchscreen.

Programmable thermostats

A programmable thermostat allows you to set temperature schedules, which will adjust your heating and cooling system automatically. Your thermostat can be programmed with one temperature setting for the hours you’ll be home, and another for when the home is empty. There are different types of programmable thermostats available, allowing you to select from a variety of programming options to find the best fit for your household.

5-2 programmable thermostats allow you to schedule one set of temperatures for weekdays, and a separate set for the weekend
5-1-1 programmable thermostats allow you to schedule a set of temperatures for weekdays, a set for Saturday, and a set for Sunday
7-day programmable thermostats allow you to set different temperature settings for each day of the week

Benefits of programmable thermostats

When used correctly, a programmable thermostat can help you reduce your household energy use and lower your energy use. By controlling temperature settings automatically, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to adjust the thermostat before you leave for work or go to bed, making saving energy pretty much effortless.

With so many options to pick from, choosing a new thermostat can be confusing. The knowledgeable staff at Climate Control will help you select a thermostat that is compatible with your heating and cooling systems and will provide the conveniences you desire. Contact us today to learn more!

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