How to Choose Between a Smart and Programmable Thermostat

If you’re new to the realm of smart and programmable thermostats, you’re in for a big treat! Homeowners across the Tampa Bay area are using these modern conveniences to lower their energy bills, maintain indoor air temperatures and reduce their daily responsibility. The big question is—which style is right for you?

What’s the Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats?

Although the terms are regularly used interchangeably, they are very different technologies. A programmable thermostat can be programmed to bring your home to different temperatures depending on the day of the week and even every hour of the day. The Energy Department estimates you can save up to 10 percent annually on heating and cooling by reducing your thermostat just 7°-10°F for eight hours each day.

Smart thermostats use motion sensors and other tools to learn about your daily routine. For example, it learns what time you leave the house every day and adjusts your home’s temperature accordingly. The big upside is that you can control a smart thermostat while you’re away from your home. That means no more wondering if you changed the temperature or getting out of bed at night!

Which Option is Right for Me?

The answer depends on how much you want to spend and what your goals are for heating and cooling your home. Smart thermostats cost more but carry the added benefits of real-time energy tracking and remote control.

Both models afford you greater control of your energy consumption, which translates to lower costs, but smart thermostats are the clear winner for anyone that wants to seriously monitor energy usage. Choosing between the two options comes down to personal preference. Consider whether you want to save money upfront or greater control over your thermostat.

Buying a new thermostat is a big decision and one we can help you make with confidence. If you’d like to speak with a professional about your options and the benefits, please give Bay Area Heating and Cooling, Inc. a call at 727-565-4555.

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