A programmable thermostat allows you to set desired temperatures at various time throughout the day and night. The thermostat will automatically adjust the home to the preferred comfort levels at the appropriate time, without you having to adjust the setting manually, yourself.

For instance, you may want to wake up to a warmer home first thing in the morning, have it slightly cooler during the day when everyone is away, arrive home to a warmer home, and then have it slight few degrees lower overnight.

With a programmable thermostat you select the desired temperature setting and time range for each selection. Once programmed, your thermostat remembers your preferences. Further, you can program individual days for specific settings, like on the weekends when you are home, and you want the home warmer throughout the day.

What Thermostat Is Right for Your Calgary Home?

Your thermostat is an essential part of your HVAC system for your home. Here at Distinct Heating & Cooling, we offer several different types of modern and energy efficient thermostats based upon the type of heating and cooling system you have installed in your Calgary home.

Depending upon the age of your heating and cooling system, you thermostat could be old and not as energy efficient. Today’s thermostats can help save you up to 35% on your home heating costs and up to 25% on your cooling costs by taking advantage of their programmable features. In addition, they provide precise control over desired indoor temperatures since they are digital, not manual.

Distinct Heating & Cooling features Honeywell brand thermostats as they are reliable and offer several different options, based upon your preferences and needs. They are also compatible with a wide range of home heating and cooling systems. Three different options we offer are:

  • Honeywell FocusPro 6000 – This digital thermostat has a backlit screen and buttons you use to program the thermostat.
  • Honeywell VisionPro 8000 – This model is a complete touch screen thermostat without any buttons. All functions are performed on screen. The display is bigger than the 6000 model and remains backlit so it is easy to see the current settings and time, even when it is dark inside the home.
  • Honeywell Prestige– The Prestige is the latest model on the market. It is one of the first fully HD and colour thermostats. For homes with humidifiers, you can use also use the Prestige as your humidistat and eliminate the need for two separate controls. Plus, it can include built-in wireless, so you can access your thermostat/humidistat settings remotely from your smart devices.

If your thermostat is more than ten years old, chances are you furnace is also more than ten years old. With winter right around the corner, you might also want to explore replacing your existing furnace with a more energy efficient model, or at least schedule annual maintenance on it to ensure it will get through the winter.

To learn more about modern, energy efficient thermostats and furnaces and which models would be best for your Calgary home, or for annual furnace maintenance, please feel free to contact Distinct Heating & Cooling at (403) 477-3810 to book your appointment today.

A Calgary HVAC has a thermostat which plays a vital role in the heating and cooling system of your home. But when should you replace it? Let us help you answer that question by giving you some things to think about.
Wear and Tear
As your heating and air conditioning system ages, it’s quite possible for the thermostat that controls your new furnace in Calgary and air conditioning system in your house to experience faults.

If this is the case, then the answer to the question above is easy. You want toreplace it as quickly as you can to bring your Calgary HVAC system back into optimal operation.

Thermostat technology has come a long way since those old round dial models common throughout older homes. The older mercury bulb thermostats can go out of calibration over time.

They can lose their temperature sensitivity which would lead to uneven temperatures throughout your home.  When this occurs you may find yourself experiencing hot & cold spots or your comfort system may not turn on or off when you think it should.

While these old thermostats may still function, there are many compelling reasons to replace it with a more recent model.

  • Are you looking to lower your energy bills?
  • Do you want detailed information about the status of your heating and air conditioning system?
  • Would you like to have one area of your home set to a different temperature than another area?
  • Would you like to have your humidistat work in conjunction with your thermostat?

By replacing your thermostat, you can have access to all of these and more!

Lower Bills
Switching from a manual thermostat to a newer and programmable thermostat is a great way to cut back on your utility bills.

By maintaining the proper settings, it’s possible to cut your costs from 5% to 15%. This potential savings is often enough to pay for the cost and installation of the new thermostat!



Most of the older thermostat models were capable of one temperature setting – which you would have to adjust manually to your desired setting throughout the day.

Programmable thermostats have been designed to do this for you.  You can set them so they automatically adjust when you wake up in the morning and when you go to sleep at night so that you have the perfect temperature for your home. You will never again have to get out of bed because of forgetting to turn the thermostat down!

Your old thermostat can only tell you what the temperature is in your home.

Many of the newest models available have the ability to give you important information: they are able to give simple warnings such as it’s time to change your filter or if there is a Calgary HVAC system alarm that would require a qualified technician to take a look at it.

Some models include the ability to remote access your thermostat by installing an application on your smartphone.  With this technology, you can monitor the temperature of your home while you are at work or on vacation.  Another advantage is that the system can be set up to send you alerts if something has gone wrong: for example, if your home gets too cold during the winter there is the potential for pipes to begin freezing.

A touchscreen thermostat is easy to set up and use.

It allows you to be more precise in your temperature setting and they are more modern looking than the older models with the plastic dials. Additionally, they are much easier to use and can allow you to be much more accurate in adjusting your desired set point.


A zoning system within your home establishes different temperatures for different areas.

This is one of the best ways to reduce hot and cold spots and allows you to focus your HVAC system’s energy consumption on the parts of your home that you occupy most often. If this is something you’re interested in, contact us and we will be happy to explain the different models that are available to you.

Is it time to Change? 
We hope we’ve answered the question of Is It Time to Change?

At Distinct Heating & Cooling, we pride ourselves on providing the highest level of home comfort systems in Calgary and the surrounding area! We offer efficient, reliable and cost effective solutions for your new furnace in Calgary and air conditioning needs.

Give us a call today and we can discuss which option is best for you!