Non-Programmable Thermostats vs. Programmable Thermostats
December, 12th, 2012
When it comes to keeping your house at the perfect temperature, it is the thermostat that will do this for you. There was a time when a homeowner only had one option when purchasing a thermostat to regulate the temperature in their home. Today there are non-programmable thermostats and programmable thermostats. There are also many different types of programmable thermostats. Before purchasing one, be sure you understand the differences so that you are able to get the one that best fits your needs.
Non-Programmable Thermostats – This option is the most basic thermostat. Once you set it to the desired temperature, it will stay at the temperature until it is manually changed to a different temperature. It must be manually switched from cool to heat and vice versa.
Programmable Thermostats – The basic concept of a programmable thermostat is that you are able to adjust the temperature in your home without doing anything. You are able to program your thermostat so that it is at one temperature when you are home and another temperature when you are away. There are several types of programmable thermostat, which includes;
- 5-2 programming lets you have a set of temperatures programmed for Monday thru Friday and a separate set of temperatures programmed for the weekend.
- 5-1-1 programming allows for a Monday through Friday setting and a different setting for Saturday and another setting for Sunday.
- 7-day programming will provide the most flexible of them all by allowing you to set a different set of temperatures for every day of the week.
If you are looking for the best option for saving money, it is important to realize that purchasing a programmable thermostat will only save you money, if you use it correctly. It will take more energy micromanaging a thermostat than it will to simply leave it at one temperature for extended periods of time. With that said, it is possible to save money by having a programmable thermostat if used wisely.
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