There was a time when a thermostat was a simple, uncomplicated device used to control your home’s temperature. They used a mechanical switch to turn your heating system on when needed, and off when it reached the proper temperature. That said, while reliable, they were inaccurate and required manual setting. Today, homeowners have options that will accurately and automatically control their home heating, improving comfort and saving money.
Over the course of the cold winter months, many homeowners are in a tug of war with their thermostat. They attempt to keep the balance between warm comfort and saving heating costs. They will manually turn their thermostat 7 to 10 degrees cooler when they leave for work, then turn it back up when they come home to a cold house. A programmable thermostat is an inexpensive solution that helps ensure you save on your bills but always come home to a warm house. Would that be of benefit to you?
Programmable thermostats come with a variety of features, but most include a 7-day schedule that will automatically adjust your temperature when you need it. However, many also can recognize weekday versus weekend schedules, have multiple settings for when you are away versus asleep, and will make arguments for scheduled holidays. Regardless, the next step in thermostat technology is the smart thermostat.
Smart thermostats have internet connectivity. So, not only can you program a set schedule, you have the power to control your home temperature remotely using an app. Smart thermostats also have handy features like dirty filter detection, and will send a reminder notification to replace your filters to your phone. Moreover, they have the power to learn your preferences. For instance, if you always turn the temperature up when the outdoor temp reaches a certain point, a smart thermostat will learn this preference and start making the adjustment automatically. Also, they can use your smartphone’s location to determine if you are coming home early, and will adjust your home’s temperature before you get there.
Ultimately, a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat will help you save money on your utilities and improve your comfort. They are a big leap from the old-style thermostats, still common in many homes. Overall, they are well worth the investment.