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How Do I Set My Programmable Thermostat?

Select \"heating\" or \"cooling\", then choose your schedule and set temperatures based on when you wake up, when you leave and return from work, and your bedtime. All programmable thermostats are a bit different, so refer to the manufacturers’ instructions to program your permanent settings to fit your schedule.

Getting to Know the Settings

The major benefit of a programmable thermostat is the permanent temperature settings that you can tailor to your home. Different models let you change your settings differently, and with so many options, it can be hard to know what your specific thermostat offers and how to set it.

Navigating the Options

Setting up your programmable thermostat can feel like programming a spaceship when you don’t know where to start. Luckily, a degree in rocket science is not required.

Setting Your Schedule

There are four main options when setting up your programmable thermostat:

  • 7 day: A different schedule for each day of the week

  • 5-2 day: Different settings for weekdays vs weekends

  • 5-1-1: One setting for weekdays and individual settings for Saturday and Sunday

  • 1 week: One setting is repeated daily for an entire week

You can choose one of these options that fits with your schedule. You’re also able to adjust your programmable thermostat for your daily routine to kick in when you:

  • Wake up

  • Leave in the morning

  • Return in the evening

  • Go to bed

Setting the Program

A good place to begin is with your manufacturer’s instruction pamphlet. Can’t find your instruction pamphlet? Search the make and model to find the right instruction booklet or call the manufacturer for more information.

When you’re ready to start programming, double check that your thermostat is set to the current date and time so your system can run on your schedule. Depending on the season, set your thermostat to heating or cooling and you should be good to go.

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