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The Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats

In the past few years, there has been a new wave of thermostat technology offering homeowners in Kinston, North Carolina, unparalleled control over their climate control systems. Programmable and smart thermostats are two of the most popular thermostat options, but telling them apart can sometimes be tricky. Here’s a breakdown of these two styles to help you pick which works best for you:

Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats have been around for a while but continue to get more advanced, not to mention easier to use. Often times screen-based, programmable thermostats allow homeowners to create a temperature schedule that the thermostat will automatically follow. This can help save energy by reducing HVAC activity while you’re away. Plus, it can help ensure that you come home to a comfortable home.

The schedule can be put on hold if you want to switch up the temperature temporarily. In addition, different programmable thermostats have various amounts of customization. Some will allow you to set detailed schedules for each day, while others only allow sleep/wake schedules that are set the same for each weekday. Consider how much customization you want before purchasing a programmable thermostat.

Smart Thermostats

Often more expensive than their programmable counterparts, smart thermostats are the most cutting edge of thermostat technology. You can often interconnect them with other smart technologies o create a personalized smart home environment.

Like programmable thermostats, you can set these to a schedule. However, for maximum efficiency, homeowners can choose to let the smart thermostat track their family’s comings and goings. This will help create a customized heating and cooling schedule to improve both your home comfort and energy efficiency.

You can adjust these settings for guests or for vacations with ease: smart thermostats pride themselves on intuitiveness. Plus, many of these options are accessible via smartphone. So if you want to change your home’s temperature while you’re away, you can do so with the push of a button.

The experts at J & J Mechanical can help you pick the perfect thermostat for your lifestyle. Give us a call today at 855-800-1341 to set up a consultation!

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