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Get Comfortable for Less With a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat can help lower your yearly heating and cooling costs

A programmable thermostat can help lower your yearly heating and cooling costsWhat can reduce the cost of staying cool in summer and warm in winter? The answer is right in front of you—a programmable thermostat. Learn how to maximize its benefits with these tips from the experts at Roth Heating Company, and you’ll be programmed to save up to 10 percent on your annual energy bills.

Is it a fit for my system?

Not all thermostats work with all heating and cooling units, so make sure it’s compatible with your system before you buy. Also know that you’ll save the most when combined with a traditional furnace or boiler, but not as much with central air conditioning, baseboard heating, a heat pump, or a geothermal unit.

How do I know which type is right for my home?

There are four kinds of programmable thermostats, each with its own scheduling capabilities that accommodate your wake, work, return, and sleep times:

  • 7-day: Perfect for erratic schedules, because it lets you program a different heating or cooling schedule each day.
  • 5-1-1: Offers one heating or cooling setting for weekdays, plus a different setting plan for Saturday and Sunday.
  • 5-2: Same as 5-1-1, only with the same heating or cooling plan for your two-day weekend.
  • 1-week: Set only one heating or cooling plan weekly.

What are my high-tech options?

Many newer models are Wi-Fi enabled, so you can just log on and reprogram your thermostat if the weather or your schedule changes unexpectedly.

What all can I do with my thermostat?

A programmable thermostat is only as good as the programmer, so make sure you understand all the features. For example, “adaptive recovery” means it’s no longer necessary to program a cooler temperature beginning at 3:30 p.m. if you want your home to be comfortable when you arrive at 4 p.m.

Should I adjust the temperature when I’m away?

It may seem like a good idea to set temperatures a full 10 degrees higher or lower when you’re not at home. But that much of a fluctuation actually stresses your system and uses more energy than it conserves. Up to a five-degree difference is ideal for maintaining comfort while still saving energy.

What’s all the buzz about zoning?

With a zoned heating or cooling system, you have one thermostat for each zone. Program each according to when and how you use that space, or ask us about a model that acts as a “master thermostat” to control all your home’s zones.

Can I install my thermostat myself?

Heating and air conditioning systems have complicated components and wiring. Installing it yourself can cause big problems, like shorting out your equipment (which voids the manufacturer warranty). Don’t risk a major fix when a minor service visit does the trick.

Recommended Settings for Savings

Here’s what the U. S. Department of Energy recommends for summertime savings:

  • While you’re home, program air conditioning to 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • For days you don’t need cooling, manually override your A/C setting—it will turn on automatically if your home gets too warm.
  • When you’re away, set it a few degrees warmer than usual.

Start Saving Today

Let Roth Heating’s certified techs help. As a Carrier® Factory Authorized dealer, we offer programmable and Wi-Fi thermostats to Oak Creek and Waterford area residents like you. They’re simply a smarter way to maximize comfort while you minimize energy costs.