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What is the Best Kind of Programmable Thermostat for Your Home?

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Programmable thermostats come in many different varieties, and what works well for one home might not work best for another. By using the information below, you can narrow down your choices based on your family’s typical weekly schedule and the type of heating system you have installed in your home.

Find a programmable thermostat that matches your heating system

When you’re picking out a thermostat for your home, the first thing you need to do is narrow down your choices based on the type of heating system you have installed. Each different model of thermostat is designed to work with a specific type of heating system, so if you choose one that’s not compatible with what’s installed in your home, the thermostat won’t work properly.

For example, some thermostats are designed to work with single-stage furnaces, while others are designed to work with two-stage furnaces. Furthermore, if you have a heat pump installed in your home, you’ll need to choose a thermostat that is made for heat pumps. If you have any questions about matching a thermostat with your heating system, one of the technicians at Jerry Kelly will be glad to help you out.

Find the best programmable thermostat for your lifestyle

After you’ve narrowed down your thermostat choices based on your home’s heating system, you’ll next want to choose a model that best matches your family’s lifestyle. Here is a breakdown of different types of programmable thermostats based on customization options:

  • 1-week/everyday models. These programmable thermostats use the same settings for every day of the week. If your family’s schedule is similar Sunday-Saturday, these might be right for you.
  • 5-2 models. These programmable thermostats allow for one set of temperature settings during the week and another set during the weekend. These work well for families with working parents, kids in school and relatively predictable weekend schedules.
  • 5-1-1 models. 5-1-1 programmable thermostats allow for one set of temperature settings during the week and independent settings for Saturday and Sunday. If your family has a relatively consistent workweek but less predictable weekends, these might be right for you.
  • 7-day models. 7-day programmable thermostats are the most customizable because they allow for separate temperature settings every day of the week. These work well for families with erratic schedules, but also for families with people who have summer and/or winter breaks when schedules can change from day-to-day.

If you have any questions about choosing the best programmable thermostat, or if you’d like a heating system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis HVAC company. We service the St. Louis area and surrounding towns like Chesterfield, Des Peres and St. Paul, MO.

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