Understanding & Controlling Your Programmable Thermostat 

If the thought of high energy bills and uncomfortable temperatures flood your thoughts during the transition of winter to summer, it may be time for you to invest in a programmable thermostat. These thermostats communicate with your HVAC system, telling it what to do according to your schedule. However, to get the most out of your new device, you need to understand how it works, and learn how to control it. 

Types of Thermostats

Different programmable thermostats offer different scheduling patterns. However, most do include routine times to set according to when you wake up, leave home, return home, and go to sleep. There are 4 types of programmable thermostats:


It’s important to know that if your schedule changes, you can change the schedule on the programmable thermostat. Or, if you need to make a temporary change, you can do that as well.

Figure Out a Daily Schedule

It’s likely that your schedule is usually the same from day to day. Knowing your schedule gives you great opportunity to save money with a programmable thermostat. By setting your programmable thermostat according to your schedule, your system will work more efficiently and effectively while keeping you comfortable all the while. So, how do you sync your new device to your lifestyle? 


Figure Out a Weekly Schedule

If your schedule isn’t the same during the week vs. the weekends, you may want a 5-1-1 or a 5-2 programmable thermostat. If your schedule changes daily, you’ll want a 7 day programmable thermostat. No matter your lifestyle, these thermostats can be scheduled accordingly and will always work towards saving you the most energy possible.

Our Thermostats

Sleeping Giant offers a number of different smart and programmable thermostats. Our most popular thermostats and a few of their features are listed below.


Sleeping Giant HVAC offers several great models of smart thermostats. We often recommend the American Standard 950 or 850 controls because they work best with high-efficiency equipment. They both offer large, easy to use touch screens and can be controlled from any device. These thermostats can also tell your comfort system how to regulate humidity in your home, which is a big factor in our climate. Smart thermostats are a great investment that can aid in daily efficiency!

What If My Schedule Changes?

As mentioned before, if your schedule changes, it’s not a problem! Programmable thermostats are great for keeping up with your normal schedule, or for times when your schedule changes, such as going on vacation, staying home for a long weekend, or having to call out sick from work one day. We always recommend these thermostats for our customers so they can make changes to their home comfort depending on their lifestyle or the weather.

Learn More

To view the thermostats we offer in and around Childersburg, visit our Thermostats page on our website or call us at 256-378-6556. We are your locally owned American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning Customer Care Dealer in Childersburg, AL. We care about the comfort of your whole home and regularly provide tips and inspiration on home-related topics.

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