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Top Rated Programmable Thermostats for 2014


Here are the 7 best programmable thermostats for 2014 that are NOT WiFi connected. That list is available in our guide Top Rated WiFi Smart Thermostats for 2014.

A programmable thermostat is essential for maintaining the lowest possible energy use and costs, and it will help keep your home more comfortable 365 days a year.

These are the best programmable thermostats for 2014 that are not WiFi-enabled. The first three are produced by major HVAC brands for their components and more. The last four are universal programmable thermostats that can be used with a wide range of HVAC systems from most major brands.

1. Lennox ComfortSense 7000 Series Touchscreen Thermostat

This is an easy-to-use programmable thermostat that is available in 7-day and 5-day/2-day models. The 7-day model gives you a separate schedule for each day – or the same schedule for all seven days. It offers the greatest flexibility. The 5-2 models are ideal for those with a workweek schedule and a weekend schedule. The program can be easily paused or overridden to customize the climate in your home.

The Lennox ComfortSense 7000 touchscreen display is clear and easy to read. The soft-blue backlighting has adjustable brightness to be comfortable on your eyes in various lighting conditions. The unit can be programmed for reminders such as changing the air filters or the filter in the humidifier.

This unit works with most Lennox HVAC systems including those with Humiditrol technology and dual fuel heat pump/gas furnace systems that alternate the heating method based on the outside temperature. Lennox offers a 5-year limited warranty.

2. Carrier Infinity Touch Control SYSTXCCITN01

This 7-day programmable thermostat can be used with up to eight zones and is suitable for use with all Carrier residential HVAC systems. This includes dual fuel/Hybrid Heat systems, multi-stage heating and air conditioning and those with humidification, ventilation and air purification components included.

If you’ve got a Carrier Greenspeed variable-capacity/modulating system or components, this is a very good choice.

The interface is a touch screen in full color, with clear touch tabs and font. The Carrier Infinity Touch Control SYSTXCCITN01 features nine-hour clock retention for power interruptions and permanent settings for quick resets. Your energy use will be tracked, so you can optimize the efficiency of your HVAC system while maintaining the home comfort you desire.

 3. Trane XL900 Digital Thermostat

This advanced programmable thermostat is built to support the Trane ComfortLink II technology that integrates all system components for maximum efficiency and indoor comfort. This is a dual fuel thermostat to assist your system in switching seamlessly from gas furnace heating to heat pump heating.  It supports four stages of heating and two stages of cooling and includes a humidity sensor located where it can monitor the humidity in the airflow.

This is a 7-day digital programmable thermostat with an interactive touchscreen that is clear and not too busy to be easy to read. Once you program your seven-day schedule, it is permanently saved for resetting the thermostat. Of course, it can be changed and updated as often as your schedule changes.

Like many  quality thermostats, the Trane XL900 offers diagnostic alerts, change-filter alerts, a reminder to change the pad on your humidifier, humidity sensor and dehumidification control. The keypad can be locked too. Trane offers a 10-year warranty on this thermostat.

 4. 1HDEZ-1521 Emerson Inspire Universal 4-Wire Thermostat System

Emerson is a recognized leader in the thermostat industry, and this is one of the brand’s very best. If offers four heating stages and two cooling stages with a heat pump or two stages of each with a multi-stage split system. Both humidification and dehumidification controls are in place to optimize indoor comfort. In winter, it will run an included humidifier; in summer, it will work with advance dehumidification modes on a central air conditioner and air handler to remove more humidity to create a more comfortable home.

The 1HDEZ-1521 Emerson Inspire Universal 4-wire thermostat has a USB connection for easy transfer of downloads from your computer to the thermostat. This makes setup quicker and easier too. You can program this control for regular service reminders such as replacing furnace filters or cleaning/changing the pad in a humidifier.

5. Honeywell Prestige HD 7-Day Programmable Thermostat

Honeywell may just be the world’s most respected name in thermostat controls. This is the current best from Honeywell, a HD, full-color display screen that is very easy to read and use. Setup is done simply and effectively with the unit “asking” questions. Your response creates a program to optimize both indoor comfort and energy savings. Setup is tri-lingual for your convenience (English, Spanish and French). The HVAC system will be programmed to make your home comfortable, and drop heating or cooling while you’re sleeping or away. Every step can be programmed by you.

The Honeywell Prestige HD 7-Day thermostat includes a portable remote, so you can adjust it from most locations in your home. One favorite feature of this unit is its “all-in-one” functionality – it controls temperature, humidity and air quality depending on the components you have installed. Honeywell backs this model with a 5-year warranty.

6. Venstar Slimline Residential Platinum T1900 Thermostat

This is a full-featured thermostat, though not a touch screen model. The soft-green back lighting makes the bold, black digital display easy to read. The unit offers 7 day programming that can be overridden when needed and returned to quickly too. Green and Red LED indicators glow for cooling or heating, and the unit can be changed from Fahrenheit to Celsius easily. The Venstar Slimline Residential Platinum T1900 supports three heating and two air conditioning stages with a programmable fan mode for optimized comfort control. It is compatible with dual fuel gas furnace/heat pump systems and is Energy Star rated.

7. Lux TX9600TS 7-Day Programmable Thermostat

Lux makes quality products that are easy to program and use. The clear digital display has a light blue backlight that is easy on the eyes. It’s a touchscreen interface too.

The range of components that can be used with this model is impressive, from heat pumps to home ventilation components and humidifiers. It works with gas and electric boilers as well as electric furnaces. Other top features include temporary temperature override, 12/24-hour clock, F or C display and an energy usage monitor to help you maximize energy efficiency while controlling costs.


You’ve got a lot of great options available. If you have questions about which thermostat is right for your home, contact a qualified contractor with good experience. We can put you in touch with several, and there is no obligation. Simply fill out the quick online form today.

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