The first programmable thermostats were developed in the 1980s, and they revolutionized how people controlled the temperature in their homes. Manual thermostats were the only option before that, and the only method to change the temperature was to get up and manually adjust it at the exact moment desired.
Once people adapted to how programmable thermostats made it far easier tp manage their houses’ heating and cooling—all while getting better energy efficiency—it became commonplace. No longer were there concerns about forgetting to adjust the thermostat before departing or waiting for the home comfortable after returning. Some versions included several modes, allowing them to program their thermostat for when they were on vacation.
In today’s day and age, we’re at yet another point of revolution! Smart thermostats—which connect to your home’s WiFi and your smartphone—have become a complete game-changer when it comes to keeping tabs on the temperature in your house and reducing energy costs.
With a smart thermostat, you may program the temperature of your house remotely anywhere you can get a WiFi or cellular signal. You can use your phone to change the heating and air conditioning settings for longer trips so that when you return home, the house is comfortable.
A smart thermostat also lets you set your thermostat to the exact temperature you want. Old-school manual thermostats can have a 5˚ variance between the set temperature and the actual temperature. With a smart thermostat, you’re saving energy and money by not constantly fiddling with the thermostat trying to get the right temperature.
Additionally, smart thermostats help keep track of your heating and cooling usage—and your usage habits. To save money on heating or cooling treatments all year, you can set your settings appropriately. Utilizing smart thermostats correctly have proven to save up to 10% (or more!) on heating and cooling costs!
These smart thermostats not only give you temperature control, but they also learn your family’s heating and cooling preferences. Some models of smart thermostats even notify you when your HVAC equipment needs maintenance or repair!
Smart thermostats are reasonably priced and may be bought at your local hardware or home improvement store as well as through major online retailers like Amazon. While they cost more than traditional programmable thermostats, a smart thermostat will save you money and give you peace of mind starting from the very first time you use it.
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