If you have an old-fashioned, manually controlled thermostat for your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, it's probably time to upgrade. Whether you are looking for ways to be more energy efficient or you simply long for convenience and comfort, a programmable thermostat may provide the solutions you are seeking.

A programmable thermostat allows you to control the temperature in your home by programming it to meet your specific needs. If you are still on the fence and wondering if a programmable thermostat is right for you, here are four benefits that may convince you it's time for that upgrade.

1. A Programmable Thermostat Allows for Flexible Daily or Weekly Programming

Installing a programmable thermostat will allow you to choose an independent setting for each day of the week. For example, if you work Monday through Friday, you might not need heating or cooling during those daytime hours. You can create a program that adjusts to your desired temperature for the weekdays and for weekends. This can lower your monthly energy bills.

Conversely, individuals who are home only during the day and work at night might set a program for the heating or cooling to begin during daytime hours and shut down at night. Whatever your needs, there's a convenient way of programming your temperature settings.

2. The Programmable Way Is Great for Vacationers or Those Who Go on Routine Business Trips

Do you take vacations a few times per year? Perhaps you leave town on business several times a year. Why come home to a hot or cold home after being away for an extended period of time? A programmable thermostat could save you the hassle of having someone come into your home to control your heating and cooling.

Before you leave for your time away, simply program your thermostat to shut down and then turn back on just before you are due to return home. There's no need to re-program the settings upon your return. You'll come home to a comfortable environment, and you'll conserve energy and money while you’re away.

3. Your New Programmable Thermostat Can Be Controlled Remotely

Did you know that many modern programmable thermostats offer high-tech features? One of these very helpful features is a wireless enabled option. If your programmable thermostat is WiFi enabled, you can control your home's temperature or create a program while out of the house, as long as you are connected to the Internet.

For instance, if you have WiFi on your smartphone or a company computer, you can control your home's air conditioning or heating on while you're at work.

Another great feature of a WiFi-enabled thermostat is the ability to work with your location. For instance, if you have your location enabled on your smartphone, your system can be automatically programmed to be turned on when you get within a certain distance from home.

Keep in mind that not all programmable thermostats have wireless connectivity. You may have to pay a higher cost for this option, but it may be worth it to you.

4. Programmable Thermostats Can Warm You of Potential Problems

System alerts are important to many homeowners. If you want to be alerted to a possible problem with your HVAC system, your programmable thermostat may have this option built in. The system alert option will flash or sound an alarm when there is an issue. It may also include a short alert message on the digital readout panel.

If you want to conserve energy and save money in the long run, consider installing a programmable thermostat for your home. Ask your HVAC company for more information and get started today.

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