Thermostats are found in almost every home in the U.S. However, not all of them are doing the right job in terms of regulating the temperature of your home and saving you energy.
Smart and programmable thermostats include a new technology that helps you to more efficiently regulate the temperature in your home. Unlike manual versions, which will hold the same temperature until you manually change it, smart and programmable ones can be set to either increase or decrease the temperature automatically.
But there is a difference between the two.
These appliances allow you to pre-determine the temperature of your home for a set number of days and times throughout the week. They are almost as effective as smart thermostats at increasing your home’s energy efficiency but lack some of the smart features.
Some thermostats will allow you to program the temperature for all seven days of the week, while others add you to differently assigned temperatures for weekdays and weekends. This is great for energy efficiency because it means that you can save energy during times when you know that you and your family are out of the house. There is no reason for a heating/cooling system to run when no one is home.
A programmable thermostat can help you save up to 20% on your energy bills, which means a more energy-efficient house, and more money for your family.
A smart thermostat is on a whole new level when it comes to automation and energy efficiency. It is more intuitive than the programmable thermostat at both heating and cooling your home. Interestingly, a smart thermostat can actually learn from your behavior and start to make all of the necessary temperature changes on its own.
Smart thermostats can also be connected to Wi-Fi, which allows you to control the smart thermostat through an app. This thermostat will accurately track and manage data on your home’s energy use, which allows you to monitor how effective your HVAC system is and how much energy you are spending.
Which One Is Right for You?
Both options offer money-saving benefits, but which one you choose depends mostly on your budget. The smart thermostat is more expensive than the programmable one because of the many additional features that it provides.
You May Be Eligible for Mass Save No-Cost Incentives
You could be eligible for a programmable or smart thermostat at no cost to you! This offer is available for residents of Massachusetts, thanks to our partnership with the Mass Save® program. We are able to deliver a huge range of no-cost incentives that will increase your energy savings and reduce your bills.
A thermostat may seem like a small device, but it brings both a comfortable atmosphere to your home and helps you live in a more energy-efficient environment. This small investment will bring you many savings in the long run, and it doesn’t take long to set up.