Should I invest in a programmable thermostat?


One of the quickest and simplest ways to reduce energy costs is to use a programmable thermostat.  There are many varieties of thermostats available today with a host of features, but the one that provides the bulk of the energy savings is the programmable feature.  This allows you to dial back the heating and cooling automatically for times when you know you will not need it – while you are at work, away from home, etc.  There are more advanced models that can regulate the cooling based on other factors like humidity and changes in outdoor ambient temperatures which can improve comfort as well as energy savings without you having to lift a finger.  You might actually have a programmable thermostat now and not know it. Our research has shown that a surprising percentage of people actually own these programmable thermostats but don’t use the programmable feature.   So check your thermostat and if you decide to buy one of the programmable models be sure to use it and see the savings add up!

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  1. Hello,
    I have baseboard heat in each room at my “new” home. The house was built circa 1985 and while I have dial controls to turn the heat up and down, the temperature cannot be set.

    My question is: Can I replace these dial controls with thermostats without replacing the baseboard heating

    • Thank you for your inquiry Miss Moretti. I assume the temperature dials you reference are on the actual baseboard and you cannot locate replacements for them due to the age.

      Yes, you can replace the dial thermostats with a wall mounted thermostat but it will require having a qualified Electrical HVAC Technician do the work. This is not a DIY project. An option is for them to bypass the circuit on the baseboard and wire through the line voltage wall mounted thermostat.

      You can have installed a mechanical or a digital line voltage thermostat depending on your preference. If you require further assistance or clarification please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
      Technical Services, White-Rodgers

  2. Other than the price, I can’t tell the difference between models RTH2300B and RTH6350D. Can you help me with this? Why is the RTH6350 twice the price of the RTH2300B at Home Depot? Does the more expensive model simply show more info on the display?

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