If you are still using a manual thermostat for your air conditioner (AC), then you are missing out on some important features that you can only get from a smart thermostat. Here are a few examples of such features:
With a manual thermostat, you must go to the wall and input the settings yourself every time you want to make a change. This can be tedious given that you are likely to make several changes within a typical day. For example, most people change their air conditioner settings upon waking up, when leaving the house, when entering the house, and when going to bed. With a smart thermostat, you just need to program the thermostat once and you can use it throughout the season.
Smart thermostats can be connected to the internet, and this opens a world of possibilities. Once something is connected to the internet, you can control it from any part of the world if you have an internet connection. This means even if you forget to program or set your thermostat before leaving for vacation, you can still do it from the comfort of your hotel room.
Some smart thermostats will alert you when there is something wrong with the AC system or when it is due for maintenance. For example, such a smart thermostat may alert you when it is time to change a filter or when a major maintenance schedule is imminent. In short, this will allow you to keep up with the manufacturer suggestions for maintenance, which is the best way of caring for your AC system anyway.
Lastly, you will be able to set your AC as accurately as you want it with a smart thermostat. Other thermostats may give you an error of even one degree above or below your desired settings. That may not seem like much, but one degree can mean the difference between spending or saving 1 to 3 percent of your energy bills. The accurate settings also mean your AC doesn't have to cycle through widely different temperature settings, and this helps in prolonging its useful life.
In short, you stand to gain a lot by switching from a manual or dumb thermostat to a smart or programmable one. In fact, the above list of benefits is just the tip of the iceberg. Talk to a technician today like those at AC Pros of Florida Inc. for more reasons you should switch and for help in making it.