Tips for Programming Your Thermostat

July 2, 2019 11:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If your home or building still has an older thermostat, it may be time to take advantage of a small investment and upgrade to a new programmable model. It will save energy and save on heating and cooling costs, which will be reflected in your monthly energy bills. While these types of thermostats are not difficult for homeowners to install themselves, you can opt to hire a professional to do it for you and show you how to use it properly. And if you’ve recently invested in AC installation in Kalamazoo, MI, there’s no better time to upgrade your thermostat!

Types of thermostats

The first thing you should do is pick the right thermostat for your home or business. There are four main types of programmable thermostats that come highly recommended by HVAC professionals, each with its own unique scheduling style:

  • Seven-day programming: This programmable thermostat option lets users set different temperatures for each day of the week. It is the most flexible thermostat and is considered the best choice for individuals or families with crazy, all-over-the-place schedules.
  • One-week programming: Offering the least amount of flexibility is the one-week programming option. You’re only able to set one heating or cooling schedule plan that will repeat every single day for the entire week.
  • 5-1-1 programming: Choosing the 5-1-1 option means you get to program one set temperature for the weekdays, and make different temperature plans for Saturday and Sunday.
  • 5-2 programming: This option is similar to 5-1-1 programming, except Saturday and Sunday are only programmable to the same heating or cooling plan.


After choosing the ideal programmable thermostat for your home, the next step is to install it. Also, put batteries in it as a backup, fail-safe option. Backup batteries will save the memory in the event of power failure.


Programming a new thermostat depends on the make and model you’ve chosen. If you are installing and programming it yourself, begin by following the manufacturer’s step-by-step guide to programming. When programming the thermostat, you’ll notice that the two modes are heating and cooling. Always program the two modes separately and switch between them as necessary. Keep in mind that the fan setting is used for airflow only, but you can circulate your indoor air with the manual or automatic operation.

Weekday and weekend settings

You can program your thermostat according to each weekday, the time and the temperature you desire. There’s an option to set different temperatures for different times of the day (wake, leave, return and sleep). To save energy, set it 10 degrees lower when you’re away. Setting the temperature for the weekend is similar, but since you’re probably at home more on these days, play around with times and temperatures until they match your schedule. Note that some units don’t have separate setting options for Saturday and Sunday.

Want to learn more about programmable thermostats, or need to schedule AC installation in Kalamazoo, MI before summer is in full swing? Call the team at All Brands Heating & Cooling today!

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