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Using either a smart or programmable thermostat in your home is a great way to control your heating system and energy bills, and keep your home consistently comfortable.

Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is designed to adjust the temperature according to a series of programmed settings that take effect at different times of the day. For instance, you can set it to turn down to 16*C every evening at 10pm and turn back up to 21°C at 6:30 in the morning, and it will continue to adjust the room temperature for you automatically.

Smart thermostat

A smart thermostat is similar to a programmable thermostat in that you can set it to adjust temperatures at different times. The difference is that smart thermostats can learn from your behaviors or sense when you’re home, adjusting temperatures accordingly, and automatically allow you to control the climate of your home remotely. Some smart thermostats allow you to connect with Wi-Fi, giving you control from wherever you may be – the couch, the office, or even the other side of the globe.

Considerations

It should be noted that programmable thermostats are not recommended for heat pumps. When a heat pump is in cooling mode, turning up the thermostat will save energy and money. However, when a heat pump is in heating mode, setting back its thermostat can cause the unit to operate inefficiently. Maintaining a moderate setting is the most cost-effective practice when operating a heat pump.

Learn more about thermostats with FortisBC and BC Hydro.

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