Update Your Air Conditioner with a Programmable Thermostat
Looking for a way to cut your energy bills? A programmable thermostat is among the easiest ways. Programmable thermostats come in a variety of prices to fit any budget, and they’re easy to install. Here are 5 customer favorites:
Low-cost Saver: Honeywell RTH2300B1012/A 5-2 Day Programmable Thermostat ($24 - $30)
This model is a very basic programmable thermostat from a leading provider in the industry. It allows for two different settings — one for weekdays and one for weekends. You can set it for 4 temperature changes per day. It runs on 2 AAA batteries and boasts an Energy Saving Thermostat certification.
Award-Winner: Lux Products TX9600TS Universal 7-Day Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat ($60 - $75)
This best value favorite features a large touchscreen with easy-to-read display. With its 7-day programmable feature, you can set a different temperature pattern for each day. You can select up to 4 periods per day for temperature adjustments and employ its authorized user feature. No more worries about the kids adjusting the thermostat. It also contains a programmable air filter life indicator to help you remember when it’s time to change it. An adjustable vacation hold can be enacted for 1-30 days.
Top Tech: Nest T200577 2nd Generation Learning Thermostat ($259 - $275)
What makes this thermostat different than the others on the list is that it is a “learning” thermostat. This means it remembers the temperatures you like and programs itself. If you leave the house and forget to adjust it, no worries. It does so on it’s own with the auto-away feature. It’s also WiFi enabled. If you connect it to your wireless Internet you can program it from your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. It has a very attractive, modern round design.
Moderate Tech: Sensi Wi-Fi Smart Programmable Thermostat 1F86U-42WF ($117 - $125)
If you like the concept of the Nest but don’t want to pay nearly $250 for a programmable thermostat, Sensi offers a good, cost-effective option. It’s WiFi capabilities allow you to control it from the smartphone app. It’s adjustable for all 7-days and has 4 heat and 2 cool stages.
Z-Wave Tech: Trane TZEMT400BB3NX N N SL Home Energy Management Thermostat with Nexia Home Intelligence ($100 - $123)
Z-wave appliances are the next stage in technology for the home. Instead of operating over WiFi, your home technology is connected through a bridge system that requires a monthly subscription. This subscription allows your appliances, locks, and home systems to “talk” to one another. With this thermostat you’ll receive text messages and alerts when your home temps are outside of the set range. You can view energy management charts on your heating and cooling system. You still have the same programmable features, but you can control the mechanics of your home with Z-wave.
If you’re looking for ways to decrease your home’s energy bill, it’s time to consider a programmable thermostat. While most are easy to install, we’re more than happy to help or answer any of your questions. Call Easy AC today, and we’ll help you start saving now.