Smart, Programmable or Manual Thermostats — What’s the Difference?

Whether it’s 35 degrees or 95 degrees, there’s one gadget that will help keep you comfortable no matter what Nevada’s weather is doing: your thermostat.

From smart to programmable to manual, thermostats come in all kinds. They’ll all help you survive Nevada’s fluctuating temperatures, but some have certain advantages over others.

Have you been thinking about upgrading an old manual thermostat? Or not sure what you’d gain by trading in your programmable thermostat for a smart one? Let’s go over the basic differences.

Manual Thermostats

Manual thermostats have been around for as long as any of us can remember. You read the temperature on an analog dial, and to change the temperature, you simply turn the dial or move the little lever arm to the temperature you want.

You can only set one temperature and you have to do it by hand. So, for example, if you’re headed to work and want to save on energy, you’d change the temperature on the thermostat before walking out the door, and you’d change it back to a more comfortable temp when you got home.

Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats are one step up from manual. These can be easily recognized by their basic digital screens and little buttons. The big advantage of having a programmable thermostat is that you can schedule it to change temperature on certain days at certain times.

That means, with a little time spent pushing the buttons, you can program it to run minimally on the days and times you’re going to be out of the house, and even when you’ll be sleeping. Programmable thermostats make it easier to keep energy costs down without having to spend a lot of time adjusting the temperature controls (once they’ve been programmed, that is).

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are the newest option. One step further than digital, you can now control your thermostat from your smart device — a phone, computer or tablet.

No more pushing buttons and toggling between days and hours. No more getting up from your couch to change the temperature. Setting your thermostat is as easy as setting your smartphone’s alarm clock.

Even better, on nights you work late or weekends you’re driving back from a camping trip, you can change the temperature on your way home. You can monitor and adjust your system from wherever you go. Additionally, smart thermostats let you track your energy consumption and the effectiveness of your HVAC system in real-time. That means you can make smarter decisions about what temperature schedule you want to follow.

No matter what kind of thermostat you have, we can help you make sure it’s working correctly and running an optimized HVAC system. If you have any questions about your thermostat, or if you’re interested in upgrading to a newer model, give us a call! We’d be more than happy to talk shop with you and make sure you get the one that’s right for you.

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