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How to Choose the Right Thermostat for Your Home

If you’re still using an analog thermostat for your home, it’s probably time to upgrade to a digital version. Virtually all new thermostats are digital these days, and they offer some great advantages. Not only can they increase the value of your home, they can also help you reduce your energy consumption and keep your family more comfortable. When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear some great tips on choosing a new thermostat from the team at American Conditioned Air.

Choosing a Non-Programmable Thermostat

Not everyone would consider themselves to be a “gadget geek.” If you aren’t concerned about having the latest features and simply want a basic thermostat, you can choose a non-programmable digital thermostat. It works in much the same way that an analog model does. However, instead of spinning a dial to adjust the temperature, you’ll press the buttons. Note that digital thermostats measure temperature more accurately than analog models. So, even if you don’t choose a programmable model, you can still look forward to energy savings.

Upgrading to a Programmable Thermostat

The main difference between a non-programmable and programmable thermostat is that the latter version allows you to preset temperature preferences in advance. For example, let’s say you typically wake up at 6:00 a.m. and get home from work at 5:30 p.m. You can program the thermostat to turn on either the furnace or the air conditioner at 5:30 a.m. so that the house will be comfortable for you. Similarly, you can have the temperature settings adjusted at 5:00 p.m. so that your house is comfortable as soon as you return home from work.

There are many different models of programmable thermostats. For example, you can choose a model that integrates with your Wi-Fi network. This enables you to program it from anywhere using just your smartphone or other device. If you’re primarily concerned about saving money, you can choose a model that tracks your energy usage and offers recommendations for cutting your bill. There are even models that alert you to heating and cooling problems that require the attention of an HVAC technician.

When you’re ready to upgrade to a digital non-programmable or programmable smart thermostat, get in touch with the friendly team at American Conditioned Air. We’ll be happy to help you choose the right thermostat to suit your preferences and your family’s lifestyle. You can reach us in Tucson at (520) 623-2430.

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