Choosing the Right Programmable Thermostat for the Southern Arizona Heat

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Choosing the Right Programmable Thermostat for the Southern Arizona Heat

There are a whole lot of things to love about living in Southern Arizona, but no matter how much you sell the perfect Phoenix life to your friends who live out of state, one thing that non-locals can’t wrap their heads around is how we can live in such a hot climate. As I’ve explained to many visitors before they come visit: one, it’s a dry heat (our favorite motto), and two, every place you go has air conditioning.

Air conditioning, that phenomenal modern invention, is what allows us to live comfortably in this desert environment, and honestly, what would life be like without it? The answer: we don’t want to know!

One of the smallest improvements that you can make to your normal air conditioning system that can pay off handsomely is replacing your outdated thermostat and installing a programmable one. Not only will a programmable thermostat allow you to have much better control over your home’s temperatures, it will also help reduce your homes’ energy bills.

If you’re already sold on upgrading to a programmable thermostat, you still have a big decision to make when it comes to choosing the right thermostat for your home. The kind of thermostat that you choose will depend on a few factors. When considering which type you might need, think about:

  • Flexibility of options
  • System requirements
  • Individual room vs whole home needs
  • Voltage
  • Remote access
  • Home integration

Though there are a few additional factors that go into selecting a thermostat, there are three basic types of programmable thermostats to choose from. Each has their own advantages, and you should speak with an HVAC specialist before selecting one for your home.

Programmable

Though it may be hitting triple digits by mid-day, most mornings and nights are still fairly chilly. Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to set multiple temperatures for different times of the day, which makes your home perfectly comfortable no matter the hour.

Programmable thermostats are the best way to keep your energy costs down since you can be sure that your A/C will only be on when it needs to and at a temperature that suits you.

Wi-Fi or Remote Programmable

Wouldn’t it be nice if, after a long weekend of camping with your family, you could tell your home’s air conditioner to turn on exactly 30 minutes before you arrive home so that the house is cool when you walk through the door? That’s exactly what a remote programmable thermostat does.

Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats allow users to have control over their home’s temperature from anywhere by monitoring and adjusting it with their phone, tablet, or computer. The modern standard, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats are making their way into thousands of homes a year.

Learning

There are modern thermostats, and there are modern thermostats. Learning thermostats, like Wi-Fi thermostats, make it easy for homeowners to set their temperatures remotely, but more importantly, they are interactive, and “learn” your home’s preferences, when you’re away, and can be integrated into your home’s electronic systems.

Popular models of learning thermostats include the Ecobee 3, Honeywell Lyric, and the most popular model, the Nest thermostat.

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