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My 86 year old mother stays by herself during the day. we

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My 86 year old mother stays by herself during the day. we stop by every afternoon and stay with her at night. we set the thermostat on 78 when we leave of a morning but she evidently gets cold during the day and we have stopped by in the afternoon and she has the thermostat up to 90 or above. Is there a thermostat that we can adjust so she cannot increase the temperature above 80?
JA: Just to clarify, do you think this is a larger HVAC problem, or something specific to the thermostat?
Customer: Thermostat. Mother can't see well and when she gets cool/cold she just holds down the "temperature increase" button.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: yes
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: no
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  Rick replied 7 months ago.

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There are thermostats you can lock so she can't adjust the temp. Is that acceptable?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I would prefer that she be able to adjust with a fixed high and low
Expert:  Rick replied 7 months ago.

I can do some research but the only thermostats of that type would likely be analog so no overnight setback capability. Let me know if that's OK.

Expert:  Rick replied 7 months ago.

There are few programmables that you can program a max/min temp as well. Let me know if you have a preference. Also need to know what has for equipment, heat only? heat & AC? a heat pump?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No preference. Gas pack, not heat pump. Can manually be set back at night
Expert:  Rick replied 7 months ago.

Here's a digital with (programmed) Hi Lo set point limits. Reliable brand. (can be used without a heat pump)

I can't spec one that you might get at a local big box store because I have no idea what they might have in stock.