Are you planning on equipping your home with a new thermostat to replace one that’s outdated or no longer working properly? If so, you have several options to consider. For example, you could purchase a manual thermostat, a programmable thermostat, or a smart thermostat.
We offer HVAC and thermostat installation services to customers in and around Melbourne, FL. We want our customers to fully understand their options when making these types of decisions. That’s why we’ve put together this basic guide explaining the differences between various types of thermostats.
A manual thermostat is one which allows you to adjust the temperature of your home as you see fit throughout the day. Until you adjust the temperature yourself, the temperature in your home will remain consistent if you choose a manual thermostat.
Most people find manual thermostats to be less convenient than programmable thermostats or smart thermostats. However, there are exceptions. For example, if your schedule is very inconsistent, involving you being in and out of your home at nearly random times throughout the week, a manual thermostat might serve your needs best.
A programmable thermostat allows you to pre-determine how the temperature in your home may increase or decrease based on certain times throughout the week. A programmable thermostat may be an option to consider if you have a fairly consistent weekly schedule.
For example, maybe you tend to leave for work and arrive home from work at the same time every day during a typical work week. You could program your manual thermostat accordingly, so that the temperature is at a comfortable level when you’re home while potentially being at a different level during other times of the day when you’re usually out.
The benefits of a programmable thermostat include saving money on energy bills and reducing the need to remember to manually adjust the temperature in your home. Discuss this option with our HVAC specialists to learn more about why you may decide it’s the right choice for you.
Smart thermostats potentially offer many of the same benefits as programmable thermostats. They simply function slightly differently.
Although a programmable thermostat may be more convenient than a manual thermostat which requires you to physically adjust the temperature yourself whenever you want to change it, you still have to, well, program the thermostat according to your preferences.
Smart thermostats are different. They use innovative technology to “learn” from your behavior. After you consistently make certain adjustments to the temperature in your home at certain times of day, eventually, your smart thermostat will learn to automatically make those adjustments itself. That means there should come a day when you don’t even have to program the thermostat. It will essentially know how to program itself on its own.
Just remember that this is merely a general overview. Don’t worry if you still have questions about the differences between manual, programmable, and smart thermostats. We at Dial Duron, serving Melbourne, FL and the surrounding areas, will be happy to answer them.