I have an old White-Rodgers thermostat for our oil heating system, which
works fine. However, I was thinking of replacing it with a programmable
one. Queries for the accommodating and expert people here:
1. Will that generally save oil? (I realize if I program it to 80 degrees
24 hours a day it won't, but in general, do people tend to save money
because of the greater accuracy and flexibility?)
2. My oil furnace serviceman was against them -- he said they can mess
up oil furnaces. I'm suspicious -- his company also sells me oil, so
perhaps he's steering me away from greater oil efficiency?
3. As to brand - I heard good things about the Honeywell Chronotherm
thermostats. Are they the one to buy?
o-------= Charles Martin =--o
<< 1. Will that generally save oil? >>
<< My oil furnace serviceman >><< he's steering me away from greater oil
He's got some prejudice not based on fact, maybe because of inept installtions
<< As to brand - I heard good things about the Honeywell Chronotherm
Moderate to higher priced models work the best. $ difference at most is $20 or
so. Extra features are usually worth it, but be your own judge.
Yes, for the same reason that you go around at night and lower the
thermostats manually, only this way, you don't have to remember to do it.
More than likely, he doesn't have them, so he doesn't know. He probably
gets his oil cheaper, being an employee of the oil company. I doubt
whether he gets a commission on delivering oil.
All three of my zones have programmable thermostats. 1 is a Honeywell,
the other two were from Sears.
Programmable to 4 settings per day (morning-day-evening-night), and
different settings for Mon-Fri and Sat-Sun.
They are about 16 years old, and they all work equally well.
I saved a couple of hundred dollars the first winter after I installed them.
I am personally a fan of programmable stats. Not only do they save me
money, but the make my home more comfortable.
I am going to assume you are talking about a hot air oil furnace as
opposed to some form of heated water. That said, you should save money
based on your plan. It would appear your serviceman has some sort of ax to
grind. That said, I don't know oil, equipment well and I will defer to
someone who does.
You don't say where you've looked for T'stats. But I purchased online from
http://www.honeywell-thermostat.com /. I believe that they are refurbished,
but the one that I got has been working fine for about 2 years.
The T8602D Chronotherm is selling there for $125.
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