Thermostats have been the simplest component of home’s HVAC system for a long time. Manual thermostats, the oldest types of thermostats in existence, have their benefits too. For starters, these thermostats are extremely easy to use, but there are drawbacks too. For instance, manual thermostats are inaccurate and can’t perform automatic temperature changes.

With a manual thermostat, all you can do to control the temperature in your home is to dial in the temperature of your choice. Due to their limited temperature control capabilities, manual thermostats are not so common these days. They are mostly used by people who live in older buildings. They have been replaced by programmable thermostats and smart thermostats.

Programmable Thermostats

The first generation of programmable thermostats was just a refined version of a manual thermostat. These thermostats came with a large digital display that allowed people to change the A/C or furnace temperature settings with a higher level of accuracy — instead of dialing in the temperature. The current generation of programmable thermostat offers a lot more than that. These thermostats offer more programming options and greater precision.

Programmable thermostats provide homeowners with tools to make automatic temperature changes in their homes. Some of the biggest advantages of programmable thermostats over manual thermostats are cost-savings and convenience. For instance, you can program the HVAC system to run minimally when the house is empty during workdays. The system can cool down or warm the rooms before you get home.

Smart Thermostats

Programmable thermostats ensure that you get home to a comfortable temperature while at the same time saving you money on utility bills. But programmable thermostats, just like manual thermostats, have their drawbacks. Many homeowners complain about programmable thermostats mostly due to their cumbersome, confusing interfaces. Programmable thermostats are hard to program correctly, especially if they have more features.

There’s a steep learning curve with most models, and that’s why they are being replaced by smart thermostats. Smart thermostats are easier to use, offer more features, and are easy to integrate with daily life. A smart thermostat is just an intelligent programmable thermostat. A smart thermostat learns from your routine and behavior to adjust your home’s temperature accordingly. You don’t have to program it.

Mesa’s Trusted AC Repair Company

Honest Air Inc. is a full-service HVAC company based in Mesa, Arizona. We can help you with installation, maintenance, and repair services for any type of HVAC equipment in Mesa, including programmable and smart thermostats. Give us a call any time you need HVAC services in Mesa and we’ll be there to provide excellent, timely service.