Whether you just want to stay more comfortable in your home or cut a few dollars off your energy bill, upgrading your thermostat is a smart move. However, while sometimes used interchangeably, smart thermostats and programmable thermostats are two different beasts. While you reap the same benefits from both, you should know the difference between them to make the right choice for your home and family.
If you are still using the old dial thermostats, it will highly behoove your home to make the upgrade to at least a programmable one. Does your home need to be a toasty 75 all day while you are at work this winter? No. Will you remember to turn down the thermostat before you leave each morning? Also no. Programmable thermostats allow you to program temperature settings for certain times of the day. If you like the temperature to be colder while sleeping or while away, you can set it so as well as have it a nice livable temperature during the times when you are there. This is a huge energy saver for your home and allows you to never come back to a chilly house again.
The reason smart and programmable thermostats are used interchangeably is because they do similar things, but smart thermostats are a step up. Essentially, the smart thermostat monitors what temperatures you like it and when you like them. It will then remember this behavior and set itself, so you don’t have to program it in. Furthermore, smart thermostats usually come with Wi-Fi connectivity so you can set the temperature in your house from your phone.
So, which is right for you? Smart thermostats usually have a lot of nifty features, but unless you run a very busy house that is prone to frequent schedule changes, a programmable thermostat is usually as good as you need. It also tends to be on the more affordable side as well since smart thermostat technology is newer and still developing. Contact us today for more information.