Programmable vs. Smart Thermostats: What You Need to Know

Perhaps you’re ready to upgrade your manual thermostat to save money and cut your energy use. You need to determine whether you want a programmable or smart thermostat. A programmable thermostat lets you set temperature options on a digital display with greater accuracy than manual units, usually within 1˚F. Smart thermostats don’t require you to touch the unit to alter its settings because you can use an app on your cell phone, computer or tablet via a Wi-Fi network. Programmable Thermostat Advantages Programmable thermostats, the first-generation digital thermostats, offer manual entry on a digital display. You can refine the temperature. You can program the unit to automatically adjust the temperature in the structure. For example, you can set up a program to automatically adjust the temperature to its lowest setting while at you’re at work. The same program can turn up the temperature automatically for you just before you return home to cool down or warm up your home. This uses less energy and translates to cost savings on your utility bills. They cost less than smart thermostats but lack key features, “the extras” that make smart models truly convenient. Smart Thermostats Advantages Smart thermostats offer more features, easier use,...

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