How Does a Programmable Thermostat Differ from a Smart Thermostat?

If you’re thinking about upgrading your thermostat, you know that an abundance of options is available in Bentonville. Programmable thermostats promise to lower your heating and cooling bills by 8-15%, but now, customers have access to a new generation of smart thermostats that can maximize their savings. Let’s take a look at some of these features to help you compare your options.

Features and Benefits of Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats have been around since 1906, and the technology hasn’t changed that much since then. Most models that we install at Armor Heating & Air use a time-based seven-day or five-two schedule to adjust the temperature at fixed intervals. If your plans change or you go on vacation, you can use the hold function to override your programmed settings.

Added Advantages of Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats include all the features of programmable models plus many extras. Because they’re easier to use and deliver proven savings of roughly $180 per year, they’re certified by Energy Star, which can help you qualify for utility rebates and other installation incentives. Here are a few features that separate smart thermostats from the competition.

  • Thermostats with remote access via Wi-Fi let you adjust the temperature, monitor your energy use and change your settings no matter where you are.
  • Geofencing allows your thermostat to adjust the temperature and airflow based on the location of your smartphone to provide extra cooling before you return or to turn off the heat when you leave.
  • If you have a high-efficiency variable-speed HVAC system, a smart thermostat can help your equipment perform more efficiently by responding to the weather and real-time conditions in your home.
  • Many smart thermostats can learn your preferred temperatures and adapt to your schedule to eliminate the need for tedious programming every time that your plans change.

If you’re ready to upgrade or if you need advice, call our office today. You can also find more information about our selection of Carrier and American Standard thermostats online.

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