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Tips For Programming Your New Thermostat

thermostat zoningWhether you’ve just had a new programmable thermostat installed in your Berks County home or if you are just considering one, you may have plenty of questions about it. How do I program it? Is it complicated to use? Where do I even begin? If this is your case, B&L Ott near Reading, Pennsylvania is here to help.

Below you will find information answering these questions and more. Then, before you know it, you will be on your way to convenient temperature control, energy savings, and comfortable home.

The Basics

If you are fairly adept with technology, you will likely find programmable thermostats easy to use. Even if you don’t know a lot about technology, a B&L Ott technician can help teach you how to use your new thermostat.

While most thermostats have similar buttons, they are all different. The best way to learn how to program your specific model is to read the manual. In general, however, you will press a button corresponding to the setting you want to change. Then you will use up and down arrows to change those settings. Below you will find some topics to think about before you start changing your settings.

Think About Your Family’s Daily Schedule

One of the main ways you can save with a programmable thermostat is to turn the temperature back when your family isn’t home during the day. One of the first things you will want to think about is what times your family is home, and when they are away.

When To Change the Temperature

Most programmable thermostats will break the day into different sections. For example, morning, day, and night. You can have your thermostat, turn up a bit in the morning so you are warm and comfortable when you get out of bed. Then you can have the thermostat turn the heat or air conditioner back around the time your family leaves for work and school. Then you can have it return to a more comfortable temperature right before your family usually returns home. Then you can set your home to cool down before bedtime so your family can get a good night’s sleep.

Turning the Heat or Air Conditioning Back

Be sure to give your HVAC system time to reach your desired temperature. A half hour is an appropriate amount of time. It is also worth noting that you don’t want to turn your heater or air conditioner back too far during the day. Doing so will waste energy as your HVAC system will have to work harder to replace the conditioned air that it lost. Turning your system back just a few degrees will suffice and provide significant savings.

Think About Your Family’s Weekly Schedule

Some programmable thermostats allow you to set each day individually. Others just have you program the work week and weekend separately. If you haven’t bought and installed a thermostat yet, this is something you will want to think about. Talk to B&L Ott to help make sure you get the best system to work with your family’s schedule.


Once you know what kind of schedule you want to make, it is time to look at the different settings on your thermostat.

Read the Manual

Due to the fact that every programmable thermostat is designed a little bit differently, the best way to learn about your system’s specific settings is to read the manual. Be sure to keep the manual in a safe place so you can refer to it if you ever have any issues. If you have had your system for a while and can’t find the manual, you can also call B&L Ott for help.


When it comes to setting your schedule, scroll through each day and input the temperatures you desire and what times you want them to change. Once you are finished and your program is set, your system will continue to follow this routine on a regular basis. It is also important to note that if you experience a power outage or take the system off of the wall without batteries in it, your system will likely reset.

If at any point you don’t want your system to follow this routine, see if your thermostat has a hold button. This will tell your thermostat to keep the temperature where it is at.


There are two main settings for the fan. These are “auto” and “on.” When your system is on auto, it will start up and shut off when your HVAC system turns on and off. This allows you to save energy. However, if you set your system to “on” it will run constantly. This will use more energy, but help keep the air in your home cleaner as it will continually circulate and pass through your filter.

Cooling vs. Heat

The other main setting you should be concerned with is heating vs. cooling. This system is pretty self-explanatory. Are you warming your Berks County home or cooling it? Be sure to pay attention to which system is running and which schedule you are setting when you are programming your thermostat.

Need More Help?

If you need any more help concerning your programmable thermostat, please contact B&L Ott. You can do so through B&L Ott’s website here: Alternatively, you can also call B&L Ott at 610-927-5133.

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Reasons to Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

Just like every other appliance, HVAC systems are working with more technology these days. If you still have a manual thermostat, it may be time for an upgrade. One of the most popular HVAC features today is programmable thermostats. Programmable thermostats help you manage the temperature in your home.

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A programmable thermostat from B&L Ott makes it easy to maintain a comfortable atmosphere and add value to your home. If you live in the Berks County area, contact B&L Ott to discuss an upgrade.

Convenient and Consistent

One of the top reasons customers decide to upgrade is convenience. All you have to do is create a schedule once and the thermostat will do the rest. It will continually cycle through that schedule each week. You can also change the schedule depending on the season or time of year.

A programmable thermostat automatically changes the temperature according to your input and preferences. You can forget about having to adjust the temperature each day. You will have more time to relax with your family.


With a manual thermostat, you likely turn your thermostat down when you leave your home. Then immediately turn it on when you get back. Unfortunately, you have to deal with a room that is too hot or too cold for a while before you are comfortable.

With a programmable thermostat, you can say goodbye to this problem. Just program your HVAC system to turn off around the time you leave and on just before you plan on arriving home. You will come home to a comfortable temperature. You may also set it to a cooler temperature at night for comfortable sleeping. The choice is up to you! If you need help programming your new thermostat, a B&L Ott’s technician would be happy to help you.


When it’s too hot or cold, you may leave your HVAC system running while you are away. If you are away for more than a few hours, time can add up.  Your energy bill may skyrocket. No one wants to pay for something they are not using. By upgrading to a programmable thermostat from B&L Ott, you can save both time and energy.

You should program your thermostat to maintain energy-saving levels for eight hours every day. This will increase the efficiency of your HVAC system and save energy. Then set it to a comfortable temperature while you are at home. This can save you up to 30% of your typical energy bill. Within a few years, a programmable thermostat can end up paying for itself in savings.

Prevents Overuse of HVAC System

If you constantly leave your HVAC system running, you are pushing it too hard. Just like you and any other machine, an HVAC system will break down if it is overworked and not taken care of. When you leave your system running, the parts will experience a lot of wear and tear. Then you may end up having to pay for many repairs. Eventually, the system will experience a total breakdown and you will have to pay even more for a new system.

Buying a programmable thermostat can ensure that your HVAC system gets a break. You also won’t have to sacrifice a comfortable temperature. If you are forgetful, the thermostat will remember to adjust the temperature for you. It can save both you and your HVAC system a lot of stress.

Plenty of Options to Suit Your Needs

Are you interested in using the latest technology? If so, you will be interested in all the options programmable thermostats have to offer. There are a variety of features to suit your family’s lifestyle. Some models allow you to combine the thermostat with home comfort zoning. With this feature, you can divide your home into sections. Then you can separately schedule temperature changes. This is a helpful feature if you have a baby in your home.

Some models can also connect to your smartphone. With this feature, you can change the temperature from anywhere at any time. This option is helpful for families who are often on the go. If you want to learn more about programmable thermostats, contact B&L Ott. We can also help you schedule an installation.


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tranexl950 thermostatA thermostat regulates the heating and cooling system by maintaining the temperature that you prefer. It controls the release of hot and cool air by switching your HVAC devices on and off as needed. Newer and more advanced models of thermostats offer increased control for optimal energy conservation.

You can choose a temperature for your whole home or individualized rooms depending on the options of your device. Quality thermostats help contribute to increased comfort, energy optimization, and money savings.


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If you need to upgrade your thermostat or have any questions about how a thermostat can improve your HVAC system, contact B&L Ott today to request service. Our experienced technicians will be happy to meet with you to discuss your options and preferences.

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