When you’re ready to upgrade your old manual thermostat, you’ll have a tough decision to make. How do you know whether your new thermostat is smart enough for your New Orleans home? Here’s what you need to know about the difference between programmable vs. Wi-Fi thermostats.

Scheduled Programming

Both programmable and smart thermostats allow homeowners to input their standard schedules. That means if your family is generally out at work or school for the day, you can program the thermostat to lower energy usage for about eight hours in the middle of the day before cooling or heating your home to a comfortable temperature shortly before you return. You can also lower energy usage while you sleep at night for extra savings on your utility bills.

On-the-Go Thermostat Updates

If you know in advance that the family will be out late or you’ll be away on vacation all weekend, you can easily update your programmable thermostat in advance. If your schedule changes on the fly and you want to update the settings from work or the airport, you’ll need a smart device like the AccuLink Remote Thermostat. Since this thermostat features Wi-Fi connectivity, you can log in and adjust the settings from almost anywhere in the world.

Weather Forecasting

Since smart thermostats connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network, many can also access the local weather forecast. This comes in handy, since you can make weather-based adjustments to keep your home comfortable while also saving energy during storms and major temperature drops.

Energy Reports

Other advanced smart thermostats, like the AccuLink Platinum ZV Control, also help you manage your home’s energy use. Refer to the device’s energy reports to better understand when your household uses the most energy, and consider ways to improve on your energy consumption if possible.

Isn’t it time you made the switch to a new thermostat? Get the scoop on the best thermostat for your home from the HVAC pros at Bryan’s United Air Conditioning: (504) 208-2071.

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