September 22, 2011

Good Sale on a Programmable Thermostat

The 'deal of the day' sale at Amazon.com is a Honeywell RTH7600D Touchscreen 7-Day Programmable Thermostat on sale for $49.99 which is half off.   Fifty bucks is a good price for a programmable thermostat and this is a nice touchscreen model.    I don't own one but the reviews on Amazon are very good with over 200 people giving it 4.5 stars average and 180 people giving 4 or 5 star reviews.   That means people really like the thing.


A while back I talked about Saving $ with a programmable thermostat

I guesstimated then that turning down the heat at night was saving me about $80-90 at the time.   Thats based on using less heat during the night versus keeping the heat set at 72 for 24hrs a day. 

In my mind the key with the programmable thermostat is that it automates turning down the heat and never forgets.   But be clear that a programmable thermostat is not magic and doesn't do anything you couldn't do yourself by diligently turning the heat up and down manually.

Which I talk about more by answering the question : Why are programmable thermostats better?

Another point I made in that article was that contrary to what some people think : NO, turning the heat up and down does NOT hurt your furnace or cause the furnace to work harder than just keeping it on. 

But there is an important detail is that if you use  Programmable thermostats with heat pumps, steam heat and radiant floor heating then you need to get a special kind of programmable thermostat that is designed for use with your heating system.   Typical programmable thermostats are designed for forced air heat systems and the other heat systems operate differently so the normal programmable thermostats won't work well with them.

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