What kind of thermostat do I need?
I would recommend a digital programmable thermostat. It is really easy to install, and the new thermostat should have the same labeled connections. I know mine does anyway. There is no specific brand that you would need, just pick one that meets your personal needs.
There are a few different types, 7 day, 5/2 day, and 5/1/1 day thermostats. 7 day means that all your settings will be the same, Monday-Sunday. 5/2 means that Monday through Friday settings will be the same, and Saturday and Sunday will be the same. 5/1/1 means Monday through Friday are the same, Saturday is independent, and so is Sunday. 5/1/1 is what I installed in my home. You get four daily settings:
This allows you to program the thermostat to heat up or cool down your home when your there, or away. I set mine to be at 70 by the time we wake up at 6:30, Cool down to 60 when we leave the house at 8, 70 when we return home at 5, and 60 when we go to sleep at 10 Monday through Friday. Saturday and sunday are programmed around our typical weekend activities.
I use LUX, it's cheaper than the more expensive Honeywell and other brands out there, but will do the same for you.
Last edited by wherm5150; 01-31-2010 at 10:12 PM.