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How Much Does it Cost to Install a Programmable Thermostat?

2021 Feb 25
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Considering a programmable thermostat for your HVAC system? If so, the first question on your mind is how much it will cost to have one installed. 

In the Phoenix area, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200–$500+ to install a programmable thermostat.

  • The cost to install the thermostat will depend on the following factors:
  • The type of programmable thermostat you choose
  • The number of programmable thermostats you need
  • Installation considerations

We’ll explain each of these factors in more detail below to give you a better idea of what you can expect to pay for the installation.


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Factor #1: The type of programmable thermostat you choose

Here’s the bottom line: Programmable thermostats with advanced features (“smart” thermostats) are more expensive than standard programmable thermostats.

We’ll explain.

The basic feature of a programmable thermostat is the ability to preset a cooling/heating schedule, which eliminates the need to manually adjust the thermostat throughout the day. If used correctly, this feature can significantly reduce your energy costs (Energy Star estimates that a programmable thermostat can save up to $115 per year).

With a standard programmable thermostat, you’ll manually set the predetermined schedule for the week and your AC/heating system will automatically adjust itself according to the temperatures you set. 

That said, smart thermostats are capable of learning your temperature preferences automatically, which eliminates the need to manually program cooling/heating schedules. 

In addition to their schedule-learning capabilities, smart thermostats offer other benefits such as:

  • Greater control: Because a smart thermostat is connected to your home’s WiFi, you can control it remotely via any smart device. This gives you the ability to control your indoor temperatures even when you’re not at home. 
  • Energy monitoring: Smart thermostats track your HVAC system’s energy usage, which allows you to make the needed adjustments to decrease energy costs.

Our recommendation? If you’re willing to spend a little extra upfront, go with a smart thermostat to enjoy the benefits we listed above. If you’re on a tight budget, go with a standard programmable thermostat. It will still improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC system and give you greater temperature control compared to an old manual thermostat.

Factor #2: The number of programmable thermostats you need

Small homes or condos will typically only need one programmable thermostat. However, larger homes with multiple “zones” or HVAC systems may require multiple thermostats. The more thermostats you need, the more expensive the overall cost of the project will be.

Some smart thermostats come with the option to purchase remote sensors, which are installed in various rooms to collect temperature data. The sensors send the data back to the master thermostat so it can make adjustments as needed. Purchasing remote sensors will increase the cost of the installation but give you greater temperature control.

Factor #3: Installation considerations

If your HVAC system is older or in poor condition, the technician may need to make modifications in order to correctly install the new thermostat, which increases the overall cost of the project.

For example, if you have an older HVAC system, the technician may need to install a “c-wire” in order to provide continuous power to the thermostat. Or, if the wiring is in poor condition, the technician may need to replace it before installing the new thermostat. These types of installation considerations will typically increase the overall cost of the project.

Note: If your HVAC system is 20+ years old, there’s a possibility that it may not be compatible with a programmable thermostat. In that situation, we recommend consulting with a professional to determine what thermostat options are available for your HVAC system.

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