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The Pros and Cons of Programmable Thermostats

Home thermostat

Thermostats have been an essential part of the household for many years. They are the control center of your home’s heating and cooling system and are crucial for maintaining comfort during all types of weather.

While the trusty old thermostat caked in dust in your grandparent’s house seemed to do the trick, technological advancements have brought about new and innovative models of your heating and cooling control center.

What are they?

Before we discuss the pros and cons, we need to understand what a programmable thermostat is and does. A technologically advanced thermostat allows you to program temperatures to take effect at certain times of the day, according to your schedule and comfort needs.


It Fits Your Schedule

The flexibility and adjustability mentioned above is the first upside for programmable thermostats. If your home is empty all day while you’re at work and the kids are at school, set the temperature a few degrees colder during the day, and have it begin to warm up as you’re on your way home!

Comfort and Savings

The biggest pro to installing a programmable thermostat is its accuracy and efficiency. These thermostats are more precise than a conventional thermostat. Their accuracy plus the ability to program temperatures to fit your needs will put money right back into your pocket.

Control From Anywhere

With some models, often referred to as smart thermostats, there are even more opportunities for complete temperature control! Many have an app, allowing you to check-in, change temperatures, and monitor your energy uses from anywhere.


Upfront Cost

The main con that often keeps homeowners from switching to a programmable thermostat is the upfront cost. Average devices can cost between $100-200, and professional installation can run you up a bit more. If these prices have you hesitating, keep in mind that you’ll be saving money on energy bills in the long run.

Setup and Use

This con is simple: technology isn’t for everyone. If you’re not confident in your ability to learn to use your programmable device, this may not be the thermostat for you.

More Questions?

If you’re still on the fence, give DG Heating & Air Conditioning a call! We’ll be happy to answer your questions and provide you with recommendations for a device that will work for you. Contact us today.