Benefits of using a programmable thermostat include saving money on energy bills and increased comfort and convenience. More advanced thermostats add the benefit of being programmable remotely with a computer or smartphone.
A programmable thermostat can help save money on energy bills by allowing the homeowner to create a program that maximizes comfort while minimizing energy usage. During the winter, a programmable thermostat can be set to a lower temperature overnight and then set to begin warming the house in the morning. During the summer, it can be set to a higher temperature or turned off during the day when the house is empty. The homeowner can avoid waking up to a cold house or coming home to a hot house by programming the thermostat to begin heating or cooling slightly before it is needed.
Programmable thermostats differ in how sophisticated a program can be entered. Some only allow for a singe program all week, while others have the facility to create different programs for weekdays and weekends. Once a program is set up, it eliminates the need for the homeowner to constantly make adjustments to the thermostat. In fact, the heating and cooling system works more efficiently if the settings are left alone once they are set. For even more convenience, advanced models allow remote monitoring and programming of the system over a wi-fi network.