In this day and age, we’re used to technology making life easier. Want to order a pizza? There’s an app for that. Want a reminder to reorder your contact lenses? A home virtual assistant has you covered. So when it comes to avoiding thermostat wars (and to save a couple of bucks on your monthly energy bill), it makes sense to consider installing a Smart or Programmable Thermostat.
Differences Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats
What are the differences? How can you make sure that you’re getting the one that’s best for your family’s needs?
Lucky for you, Arkansas Air Flow, Inc. wants to help you make an informed decision.
Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat
1. Schedule temperature adjustments in advance. No one has to remember to adjust the thermostat before leaving home in the morning. If your house is typically empty by 8:30 AM, preset it so that the temperature adjusts at that time. You can also preset different temperatures for weekends or days when you know you’ll be home.
2. Increase your comfort. Even if you set daily reminders on your phone to adjust the temperature manually before leaving for work, you’ll still come back home to an uncomfortable indoor climate. Installing a Programmable Thermostat allows the temperature to adjust to your desired setting automatically before you arrive home so that by the time you walk through the door, the climate is comfortable.
3. Lower your energy bills. Adjusting the temperature between 7 to 10 degrees on a daily basis means you’ll save up to 10% on your regular monthly utility bills.
Benefits of a Smart Thermostat
1. Control settings remotely. You already have your entire life stored in your phone. By installing a Smart Thermostat, you’ll be able to control even that from your handheld device. So if you suddenly have a change of plans and need to adjust your home temperature’s accordingly, you’re only a tap and a scroll away from getting it done.
2. Let sensors get the job done. If you don’t want to think about another chore on your daily To-Do list, you don’t have to. Smart Thermostats have motion sensors and will adjust the temperature up or down depending on what the circumstances require.
3. It’s a virtual assistant. Some of the high-end models have voice recognition so that you can control it by command. They even come with an indicator light that lets you know when it’s time to change your air filters.
Both Programmable and Smart Thermostats make life easier and can result in lower energy bills. If you have a regular schedule and are happy with the basics, a Programmable Thermostat will get the job done. But if your schedule varies, or you prefer the convenience of controlling your home’s climate from anywhere, then, hands down, a Smart Thermostat is the better option.
Call HVAC Professionals
At Arkansas Air Flow, Inc., we are always ready to help. We’ll make sure your AC system runs optimally, regardless of which type of thermostat you have. We can also help you with a new thermostat installation.