- For use with central gas, oil, or electric heating and cooling or single stage heat pumps
- Soft-touch keys
- 6.1 inches by 3.2 inches by 1.5 inches
- 1.3 pounds
Installing a programmable thermostat can save you hundreds of dollars in heating costs each year. These devices allow you to tell your furnace exactly when you want it to turn on and off, and they help you strike a balance between comfort and economy.
This model from Honeywell is fully programmable. It features four independent time zones per day, which means you can set it to heat to a certain temperature when you wake up, shut off when you leave for work, turn on again before you come home, then lower the temperature while you sleep. Each day is programmed separately, so you can change the settings for the weekend, for example.
If the word "programmable" makes you nervous, don't worry-the menu-driven software is very easy and intuitive to use. Note that you will have to hardwire the device to your power supply and to your heating unit-this isn't hard to do, but make sure you read the instructions thoroughly before you start.--Josh Dettweiler
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Honeywell YRTH6300B1007 5-2 Day ProgrammableThermostat