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Features You Should Have In Your Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat adjusts your house's temperature according to predetermined settings without manual input from you. Here are some of the useful features to look out for while shopping for such a programmable thermostat:

Hold Feature

You probably know by now that you program your thermostat in such a way that it keeps your house at different temperatures at different times of the day. For example, you may use it to keep the AC from running or running at a certain temperature when you during the day (for example, if you are usually outside the house during the day) and then turn on or increase the temperature in the evening (when you come home from work).

However, you may not need the same settings when you are away from home for an extended period, for example, when going on a vacation. In such a case, a thermostat with a hold feature allows you to suspend your usual settings (to put them on "hold," so to speak) and input your vacation settings. You can then revert to your usual settings when coming back from vacation.

Remote Control

Just like the name suggests, this feature allows you to control your thermostat from any location as long as you can connect to the internet. This feature can be handy in different circumstances; for example, it can help you if:

  • You forgot to set your thermostat before leaving for work in the morning
  • You need to go away for an extended period without having to go back to work
  • You have an irregular schedule that changes from day to day or even within the same day; you can use remote control to start heating up the house when you suddenly need to return home

Memory Save

If you have a regular schedule, a programmable thermostat allows you to input an elaborate schedule so that you don't have to change your settings every now and then. However, all these settings can be wiped off at any time if your thermostat if it doesn't have a memory save feature. The memory save feature allows the thermostat to retain its settings even if the power goes off, for example during a storm so that you don't have to start afresh when the power comes back.

System Alerts

Lastly, it's also advisable to buy a programmable thermostat that can tell you when something is wrong with your AC. The feature, which some refer to as system alerts, will notify you of malfunctions or conditions such as blocked filters so that you can take action. This helps to prolong the life of the AC and avoid constant breakdowns.

Contact a company like Bourke's Service Co for more information and assistance.