4 Benefits of Installing a Programmable Thermostat

Posted on August 25, 2023 •

Is your commercial business using a programmable thermostat? If not, you could be missing out on significant cost savings and adding unnecessary stress to your commercial HVAC unit.

We’ll break it down for you below. But first, —

What is a programmable thermostat?

A programmable thermostat allows owners to pre-set a schedule for their HVAC unit to run on. Many programmable thermostats allow users to pre-select room temperatures based on different times of the day, and different days of the week.

Below, we outline the benefits of installing a programmable thermostat at your commercial facility.

What are the benefits of installing a programmable thermostat?

Save money on heating and cooling bills

A programmable thermostat is an energy efficient option as it allows owners to keep buildings at a comfortable temperature when occupants are present, and, contrarily, eliminates energy wasted  keeping buildings comfortable when occupants are gone after hours or on weekends, for example.

It’s no secret that less energy usage means lower energy costs, which, in turn, equates to more money in owners’ pockets.

Learn the most cost-effective way to set your thermostat while you’re away in our recent blog.

Optimize your schedule

Aside from saving money, a key benefit of a programmable thermostat is keeping your commercial facility comfortable for occupants.

An office manager, for example, could pre-schedule the AC to kick on 30 mins before staff arrive on a hot summer day, and raise back to a warmer, less comfortable temperature at night when staff vacate the building. There’s no need for comfortable room temperatures when no one is present.

Less manual adjustment and ability to make changes remotely

Another benefit of installing a programmable thermostat is the time savings offered by not having to manually adjust your thermostat multiple times a day. It may sound silly, but 1-2 minute increments add up quickly over time, especially when the temperature is being adjusted multiple times a day.

Let’s say you adjust your office thermostat twice a day and your task is interrupted for 2 minutes on average each time you stop to go change the temperature. That’s 4 minutes a day. Multiplied by five work days— that’s an extra 20 minutes that can be put back into your schedule each week just by installing a programmable thermostat.

Note: Programmable thermostats should always come with the ability to override any pre-settings, so no need to worry about unpredicted circumstances. Many programmable thermostats even come with the feature to make changes remotely.

Less stress on your system

Just like a car, an HVAC system operating on constant full power is going to need more frequent maintenance. Using a programmable thermostat prevents overuse of your commercial HVAC system which translates to less service calls and costly repairs in the long run.

When you install a programmable thermostat, you’ll save significantly on energy costs and reduce stress on your system, all while keeping your facility comfortable for occupants.

Ready to Install a Programmable Thermostat?

Good news: M3 Service can help with all your building maintenance, heating maintenance, and air conditioning maintenance needs, including programmable thermostat installations for commercial facilities.

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