Programmable Thermostats: Keeping Your Home Cool From Your Smartphone

by Connor Pena

Programmable thermostats have become more popular, as it is now possible to control newer models from a smartphone. With traditional thermostats, you set your temperature and hope that the weather doesn't fluctuate too much through the day. With a programmable thermostat, you can keep temperatures less comfortable when you are away, and set them to get either cooler or warmer for when you return. 

Features Found on Programmable Thermostats

Depending on the type of programmable thermostat you choose, your thermostat may include:

  • a touch screen instead of buttons for ease of use.
  • the ability to lock the keyboard to avoid children tampering with the thermostat.
  • a vacation mode setting that will optimize your energy savings while you are away.

Choose the Right Thermostat for Your Needs

There are options when choosing a programmable thermostat. Some offer energy rebates, so it will save you money simply buy purchasing the new thermostat. You'll have to make sure that the thermostat you choose is able to work with your current heating and cooling system. Other things to think about include how often you are away from the home, and how much flexibility you want in programming.

Rebates are offered because programmable thermostats are energy efficient. The federal government will also offer tax credits on occasion for consumers who have decided to make energy efficient changes to their home. Check with your electric company or gas provider to see if there is a current rebate offered for using a programmable thermostat in your house. Your local utility companies will be able to tell you if there are incentives offered on energy efficient products, which will help you make an informed decision about what thermostat to purchase. 

It is easy to set your programmable thermostat and forget it. If for some reason you decide that you want the home to be cooler when you arrive home after a long day of work, it is possible to change the temperature of your home by using your smartphone. While older thermostats may not offer smartphone control, most new units come standard with this technology. Your smartphone becomes a remote control unit for your heating and cooling system, allowing you to monitor the system from anywhere.

When you want to consider a new programmable thermostat for your home, contact a heating and cooling specialist like one from Southwest Air Conditioning Service Inc. who can assess you system and give you advice on the best thermostat to install.