Basically, a smart thermostat is a programmable thermostat with extra “smart” features that make it easier and more convenient to use.
If a smart thermostat is just a better programmable thermostat, we need to first explain what a programmable thermostat is.
A programmable thermostat lets you set your temperature schedule for the week. So the thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature based on the day and time.
This gives you 2 big benefits:
Unfortunately, some programmable thermostats are a pain to program. And they’re not customizable enough to adjust to many peoples’ irregular schedule or temperature setting habits.
That’s where smart thermostats come in. With their extra features, they’re much more user-friendly for homeowners—especially those with a hectic, hard-to-predict schedule.
Smart thermostats can usually do anything a programmable thermostat can, plus they:
Here’s what that means for you:
Many smart thermostats come with a complimentary app, giving you full control of your home’s comfort with just a few taps on your smartphone.
Ever wonder “How in the heck did we spend so much on heating/cooling?” Many smart thermostats monitor that for you. You can get graphs of your energy usage, displaying when you’re wasting money.
Some of the latest popular smart thermostats include:
Its biggest “smart” feature: Programs itself so you don’t have to. Basically, it memorizes your temperature settings and, over time, automatically changes the temperature setting based on your past usage.
Its biggest “smart” feature: Geo-fencing. This allows the Lyric thermostat to automatically adjust its settings based on your smartphone location. So it knows when you’re coming home from work and adjusts the temperature accordingly.
It depends on 2 things:
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