If you feel like you’re heating or cooling an empty house while you’re away every day, consider investing in a programmable thermostat. Setting your thermostat when you’re out of the house is one of the easiest ways to make the most efficient use of your system while enabling you to save energy and money .
A programmable Carrier thermostat offers comfort and convenience, turns on the air conditioner or turns up the heat before you wake up or get home from work, and never ‘forgets’ to change the temperature—putting you in total control of your home’s energy use. You let the thermostat know your preference for temperature at different times of the day and night and then forget about it.
To decide which programmable thermostat may be best for you and your lifestyle, think about how often you’re away from home for regular periods. Then decide which of the three options best fits your schedule: the 7-day, the 5+2 day, or the 5+1+1 day:
7-Day These thermostats offer ideal flexibility and are great for busy people. You can program a unique setting for each day—usually with up to four possible temperature periods per day.
5+2 Day With this type of programmable thermostat, you set two separate settings—one for weekdays and one for the weekend. Good if you tend to keep one schedule Monday through Friday and another schedule on the weekend.
5+1+1 Day This type of programmable thermostat allows you to set one program for weekdays and individual programs for both Saturday and Sunday.
To make sure your programmable thermostat works correctly and safely, have the installation performed by a certified technician. To add one to your existing system, think about having the new thermostat installed during a spring tune-up or during the fall heating inspection. When you make the appointment, be sure to explain you want a programmable thermostat installed.