What is the Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats?
Have you considered investing in a new thermostat? Few homeowners even realize that they have more than one option. To decide what thermostat best fits your needs, you need to understand how each type works.
What are the different types of thermostats?
There are 3 primary types of thermostats you can purchase for your home.
1. Manual (Analog) Thermostat
Manual (analog) thermostats are probably what you think of when the word “thermostat” comes to mind. You adjust them by hand from inside your home. Most older thermostats are manual, but the standard is quickly changing as technology advances and programmable thermostats have become more popular.
Manual thermostats offer several benefits, including lower installation cost and a long lifespan. However, they offer little in the way of pre-programming.
2. Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats have many more options than manual thermostats because of customization. Programmable thermostats allow you to pre-program temperature changes, similar to setting an alarm for the whole week.
Programmable thermostats are ideal for homeowners who work out of the house, as you can pre-program a warmer temperature during the day to save money on your utility bill. Additionally, you can program the air conditioner to kick on just before you get home from work so the house is nice and cool upon arrival.
3. Smart Thermostat
Smart (WiFi thermostats go above and beyond even programmable thermostats. Smart thermostats follow patterns in the adjustments you make and programs you set. Then, they use that information to automatically adjust the temperature for you.
A smart thermostat is also controlled via WiFi. In addition to using the thermostat’s technological intuition, you can make changes from your phone or computer… at any time, from anywhere.
How can you know which thermostat is right for you?
It’s all about evaluating your schedule and needs as a homeowner. For instance, if you work from home, you may not need a smart thermostat as you can control the temperature manually. If you often travel for business or pleasure, a smart or programmable thermostat might offer some helpful features.