Given your diverse home maintenance and budgeting concerns, why should you bother talking to a Bay Area heating professional about programmable thermostats?

Here’s why: By being smarter about how and when you use your heating and cooling systems, you can save money and make your home more comfortable and livable.

Programmable Thermostat The NestOne popular programmable thermostat, The Nest, won huge raves at CES 2012. Why was The Nest so lauded? It possesses an uncanny ability to learn the habits of the user and to optimize energy needs based on observations rather than predictions. For what it’s worth, you can also modify your thermostat’s settings via a web browser or cell phone when you’re away from home. The Nest also adjusts your light and humidity settings.

For a good alternative, consider the Ecobee, a smart thermostat made by a Canadian firm. The Ecobee is also Wi-Fi enabled, so you can use it via a cell phone or web browser. It offers similar functionalities, but it’s less user-friendly than The Nest, and you need a pro to set everything up.

Other good home programmable thermostats include the Honeywell Prestige 2.0 Comfort System and the Homewerks Radio Wireless Thermostat. Homewerks is less expensive than the Ecobee, but it offers fewer features. One upside is that you don’t need a professional to install it. Honeywell, meanwhile, is battling the makes of The Nest in court over patent infringement. Honeywell accuses The Nest of stealing the concept for a learning thermostat.

Talk to the East Bay HVAC experts at B. A. Morrison for help figuring out whether a smart thermostat might be a good solution for your home or business.

Our team would be happy to answer your questions and help you save money, conserve energy, and simplify your home maintenance. Call or email us today to set up your free estimate.

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