ThermostatIf you’re trying to improve the energy efficiency of your home, consider upgrading your thermostat. Though your HVAC system is what cools and heats your home, your thermostat is what controls when it actually turns on. Both programmable thermostats and smart thermostats are available to control this, but smart thermostats are generally more effective.

What is a Programmable Thermostat?

Most homes come with some form of programmable thermostat. This is a thermostat that has a simple computer device in it that controls when the HVAC system turns on. A programmable thermostat may be set to keep the temperature at exactly between 70 and 80 degrees. You won’t need to manually turn on your HVAC system, it will do it itself.

A more advanced programmable thermostat can turn on based on a schedule. You can program it to turn off the HVAC system when you’re at work or to turn down the HVAC system while you’re asleep.

What is a Smart Thermostat?

Smart thermostats have all the features of a programmable thermostat and more. Smart thermostats watch your household’s behavior and adapt to you, to determine the most comfortable ranges of temperature in your home that will also save the most energy. Smart thermostats often pay for themselves over time by saving energy, though this also means that your thermostat may not always be set at an exact temperature, but rather a range.

Smart Thermostat Features

Some smart thermostats have additional features, such as being able to track where you are and turn on your home’s HVAC system when you’re about to head home. Smart thermostats can detect while you’re away to turn off your HVAC system and can calculate whether it’s worth it to turn off the HVAC system and then start it again or to keep it going. These thermostats will also collect data regarding your use, including the amount of electricity and money that you save.

When connected to WiFi, a smart thermostat will often let you control our thermostat directly from your phone, turning the temperature up and down and even controlling and monitoring the humidity in your home.

Smart thermostats can be considered an evolution of programmable thermostats, as they are more advanced. On the other hand, they also are more expensive. If you want to reduce the amount of electricity you use or take advantage of the smart thermostat controls, most systems can be upgraded to a smart system.

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Since 2002, Smith & Willis has been dedicated to providing only the best in customer service throughout the Denver metro area. Whether you need a full HVAC system (and your credit is approved!) or some minor air conditioner repairs, we have friendly, professional technicians standing by to help. For more information about the benefits of upgrading your thermostat (or to schedule an appointment) contact the professionals at Smith & Willis today.