Even though some people prefer to use programmable thermostats, a non-programmable thermostat can still offer some benefits over their programmable counterparts. When it comes to deciding which type is best for you, consider your options and determine which benefits you require. Weighing the benefits can help you determine if keeping a non-programmable thermostat is preferable to choosing a programmable one.


In some cases, your heating and cooling system, especially older ones, already came with a non-programmable thermostat. Some people choose to upgrade to programmable thermostats, which costs extra. If you aren’t going to be using the extra features that come with a programmable thermostat, the cost associated with installing one isn’t worth it for you. Therefore, you must evaluate if you will use the features and if so, how often. Call your local heating company so you can ask them their recommendation on going with a progammable verse non-programmable thermostat and the costs to have the differents types of thermostats installed.

Programming Needs

A programmable thermostat allows you to set different temperatures for different times of the day. This works well for families that aren’t home during the day who want to lower energy costs. However, if you work from your home or stay home with children, you don’t need to create a program that changes the temperatures automatically. You are more likely to want a constant temperature. If you want a constant temperature at all times of the day, programmable thermostats have no benefit for you. Some non-programmable thermostats also have a feature where you can set up to three settings that you can trigger with the touch of a button as needed.

Ease of Change

Depending on the programmable thermostat, it may be difficult to make changes. This can create issues if you are home from work one day where the program is set for an uncomfortable temperature setting or you feel ill and want it warmer in the home. Non-programmable thermostats allow you to easily turn the dial or press a button to change the temperature. When you want to change it back, you simply turn the dial or press the button again to set the temperature back. This ease of use allows for easy changes between temperatures for your own comfort rather than following the program.

As you choose whether a programmable or non-programmable thermostat is right for you, think about how you would use each one. If you don’t need a program to change the temperature automatically, programmable thermostats are a waste of money, despite their claims to save you money on your energy bill.