Thinking about upgrading your thermostat? A programmable thermostat is a popular choice among homeowners, but how much does it cost?
The cost to install a programmable thermostat in Portland is roughly $160-$340. Homeowners pay about $225 with Four Seasons.
The most common factors that affect the cost of installing a programmable thermostat are:
- The model you choose
- The complexity of the installation process
- The contractor you hire to install the thermostat
Below, we’ll explore these cost factors further to give you a better idea of what you can expect to pay.
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Cost Factor #1: The model you choose
The cost of your thermostat installation will depend on whether you choose to buy a basic model or a more complex model.
A programmable thermostat works to save you money by allowing you to schedule automatic adjustments to your home's temperature while you are away or asleep. According to Energy Star, homeowners can save up to $180 per year with the proper use of a programmable thermostat.
The cost of this luxury depends on which model you choose. Your options include:
- 7-day programming: Set a different heating/cooling schedule for each day of the week.
- 5-1-1 programming: Set a heating/cooling schedule for the weekdays and customize your schedule for both Saturday and Sunday too.
- 5-2 programming: This functions the same way as 5-1-1 programming, except you can program one heating/cooling schedule for the weekdays and one heating/cooling schedule for the weekend days.
- 1-week programming: Set one heating/cooling schedule that is repeated daily for the entire week.
When choosing a programmable thermostat model for your home, may want to consider the following things to get the most bang for your buck:
- Your daily schedule: If you and your family have a very hectic schedule that varies from day to day, a programmable thermostat with 7-day programming may allow for the most customization. Ultimately, it may also provide the most savings over time. On the other hand, if your schedule is very predictable, a 1-week programming model might be perfect for you.
- Compatibility with your heating/cooling equipment: You’ll want to identify the type of equipment used to heat and cool your home to make sure it is compatible with a programmable thermostat. If the thermostat is not compatible, you may not achieve the savings you were hoping for and could also risk damaging your heating and cooling equipment in the process.
- Zoning: If you have a zoned heating and cooling system, you will have multiple thermostats with one to control each zone. Certain programmable thermostats can act as the master thermostat and control all the thermostats in your home. The main benefit of buying a programmable thermostat with this capability is that you only have to program one thermostat (not several). That is, unless you want to customize the schedule settings of each one individually.
Cost Factor #2: The complexity of the installation process
If your thermostat takes more time and work to install, you’ll likely pay more for labor.
It usually takes about 1-2 hours to install a programmable thermostat. However, a new thermostat that is installed with an HVAC installation can take up to 3 hours because the tech will need to run wires from the unit to the thermostat.
Also, if you are upgrading from an older model to a newer one, the tech may need to install a C wire or “common wire” to provide a continuous power supply to the thermostat. This is typically a quick and easy job, but it may add a little bit of time to your overall installation.
Cost Factor #3: The contractor you hire to install the thermostat
Usually, more experienced contractors will charge more for their installation services.
A properly functioning thermostat is essential to your HVAC system, so you’ll want to make sure it’s installed correctly.
Although a less-experienced tech in the Portland area may charge less for installation services, you get what you pay for. Unfortunately, improper thermostat installation could result in expensive repairs down the road.
Choosing an experienced, high-quality tech may cost you more money upfront, but you’ll have peace of mind that the job was done right the first time around.
To ensure you’re working with a high-quality contractor, look for one that:
- Has excellent online reviews and recommendations
- Provides written price quotes before the work begins
- Offers guarantees on their work
Ready to have a new programmable thermostat installed? Call a Four Seasons tech
You can trust that our experienced and polite techs will provide outstanding service. With us, you’ll never feel forced to make a decision about your thermostat installation. Instead, we’ll provide you with options and help you choose what’s best for you and your home.
At Four Seasons, you get affordable service in the Portland area without sacrificing quality. Contact us today to schedule your thermostat installation.