Smart vs. Programmable Thermostats
by Amigo Energy | February 23, 2017
Proper use of programmable thermostats can save around $180 per year on heating and cooling costs according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But let’s be honest—how many homeowners properly use programmable thermostats? These small devices can be complicated to use on the simplest of days, and program changes for Daylight Saving Time or school-less summer schedules often feel downright overwhelming. Fortunately, smart thermostats can help simplify the confusing programming process. These smart gadgets make saving energy achievable, and they offer a host of perks that a simple programmable thermostat cannot. Keep reading to learn more about why your choice of thermostat matters for comfort and efficiency.
The Difference Between Smart and Programmable ThermostatsThe primary difference between a programmable thermostat and a smart thermostat arises from how much user input the device needs to function. The former requires more active user involvement. Programmable thermostats can be difficult to use on a regular basis—the small display and button-controlled interface daunt many people. Smart thermostats are far less needy than their traditional counterparts. You simply plug your temperature preferences in, and the device incorporates the information to intelligently adapt to your daily life. These gadgets also employ intuitive and user-friendly displays, making it easy to update settings, the time, or other information. And even if you aren’t at home to adjust the device manually, that’s fine. You can control it via a mobile app on your phone or tablet.
How Smart Thermostats Can Change Your Energy Use for the BetterThe benefits of smart thermostats don’t end with ease of use. They also help drive energy efficiency much better than outdated programmable thermostats.
- They Adjust for Environmental Conditions
- They Synthesize Real-Time and Historical Use Patterns
- They Stay Flexible for Varied Lifestyles