The Differences Between Manual, Programmable, And Smart Thermostats

Many people don’t even realize that there are options available to them when it comes to their home’s thermostat. There are actually three main categories that thermostats fall into: manual, programmable, and smart. So, what the differences between each type of thermostat and which one is right for you? We have put together all the information you need to know about each type of thermostat, so you can decide which one best meets your needs.

MANUAL THERMOSTATS

A manual thermostat is the oldest and most simple form a thermostat is available in. This is the thermostat that works with you manually telling it how warm or cool you want the temperature to be by rotating the dial (older manual thermostats) or using the up and down arrows (digital manual thermostats) on the thermostat. Once you have set the temperature on this type of thermostat, it will keep your heating or cooling system running to reach and maintain that temperature until you change it.

PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTATS

A programmable thermostat is your average, right down the middle of the road, thermostat. It is equipped with more features than a manual thermostat, but not as many as a smart thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to pre-set different temperature schedules for your heating and cooling system to follow throughout the day. A programmable thermostat allows you to have the control of setting a temperature schedule that makes sense for your lifestyle, and help you keep heating and cooling costs reasonable by using your system efficiently.

Although programmable thermostats do offer more flexibility to control a temperature schedule, it is important to know that it is not necessarily ideal. Depending on the type of programmable thermostat you have, you may only be able to set one schedule that the thermostat follows every day of the week, or one set schedule that works for the weekdays and one for the weekends. Some programmable thermostats also have a limit to the amount of temperatures you can schedule into the program.

SMART THERMOSTATS

A smart thermostat is the top of the line, most technologically advanced type of thermostat, with all the bells and whistles. A smart thermostat not only fixes the problems associated with a manual or programmable thermostat, but also offers many additional features.

A smart thermostat fixes the limitations associated with a programmable thermostat because it allows you to have a completely customized schedule for every day of the week, with as many temperature change periods you want there to be throughout the day. This will help you save even more money than even a programmable thermostat does on heating and cooling costs by allowing you to truly customize the schedule and make sure your heating and cooling system is running as efficiently as possible.

Smart thermostats also are equipped with Wi-Fi capabilities that allow you to use technology such as smartphones, tablets, and computers to remotely monitor and make changes to your heating and cooling system as needed, instead of having to directly interact with the thermostat to program it. The remote control allows you to further control your heating and cooling system by allowing you to make changes to your system’s schedule in real-time as changes in your daily schedule arise.

If you would like professional assistance in installing your new programmable or smart thermostat, or need help understanding how to correctly program and use your thermostat to get the most out of it, contact C & S A/C Services today so we can discuss options we have available to help you control your home and save money!

 

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