When you use a programmable thermostat, you can live in greater comfort than you could if you had a very basic manual or digital thermostat. Why? Because you won’t have to wait to get home in order to adjust the temperature, and the stand around while you wait for your home to cool down. You just set up a cooling program that is based around your routine, and let the thermostat do the rest. That way, you are greeted with a comfortable environment the moment that you come in the door.
There is nothing worse than getting a few blocks away from your home as you head off for the weekend, only to have to turn around in order to adjust the thermostat to your preferred “away” setting. That is the risk that you run, though, when you choose a thermostat without programmability features. With a programmable thermostat, you can just head right out the door in the morning and not worry about over cooling an empty home all weekend.
The worst thing that you can do for energy efficiency in your home is to continually fiddle with the thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, the temptation to do so is largely eliminated. You can set an override temperature if you really must, but by and large, you should just let the thermostat take the reigns.
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