What's the Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats?

August 04, 2017

If you are looking for ways to stay comfortable in your Calgary home while saving on your bills, you might want to think about upgrading your thermostat. Thermostats have come a long way from setting the temperature and walking away and Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning has a host of choices to meet your individual needs.

The most widespread kinds of thermostats are programmable and smart thermostats, and there are a number of options and features from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

What is the difference between programmable and smart thermostats?
  • Programmable thermostats allow you to pre-set temperatures for a number of times of the day and week. You can set the thermostat so that it provides different temperatures during the day when no one is home, or at night when everyone is snoozing. There’s no need to spend energy and money to keep the house cool or warm when no one is there, so a programmable thermostat helps you save money by making an adjustment to the temperature automatically. You can walk out the door with one less thing to worry about.
  • Smart thermostats take it another step and are more intuitive. They follow the temperature changes that you make and learn from your behavior which allows it to begin adjusting on its own. A lot of the newer and more advanced thermostats tap in to your home’s Wi-Fi network, allowing you to control your home’s temperature from all over using an app through your phone or computer. These thermostats can often be arranged to gather your energy usage figures on a website.

Whether you choose a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat will depend on your individual needs, budget and familiarity with technology. While smart thermostats cost a little more because of the extra features, both programmable and smart thermostats are great ways to save on your energy bills while ensuring you are comfortable in your Calgary home.

If you have any questions about upgrading your thermostat or any more ways to gain efficiencies in your home, give Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 403-279-5760 or request an appointment online and our experts will be happy to help you.

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