What's the Difference Between Smart Thermostats and Programmable Thermostats?

Your home’s HVAC system is filled with complex devices and components, perhaps the least confusing of which is your thermostat. However, the wrong thermostat may be costing you extra on your energy bills. Before you purchase a new thermostat to install in your home, consider the more energy-efficient varieties available on the market.

You may see the words “smart” and “programmable” thrown about, but knowing the difference between the two and choosing the right one for your home and lifestyle could save you on your next energy bill.

Programmable Thermostats

Are you paying for your HVAC unit to cool or heat your home while you’re at work or asleep? How much money is that costing you in the long run? Programmable thermostats are perfect to cut down on wasted energy. These digital thermostats do away with the manual dial of older models and use the power of technology to more accurately heat or cool your home. If your weekly schedule is typically static, programmable thermostats can run your air conditioning unit to match it. You can program your thermostat to turn off while you’re out of the house and run minimally overnight to help save money.

Hate coming home to a blazing hot or freezing cold house? Program your thermostat to heat or cool your home just before you return so you always walk into a comfortable home.

These thermostats are standard in many newer homes and apartments.

Smart Thermostats

Programmable thermostats may have a nifty digital interface, but can also be difficult to program, especially when there are so many preferences to input. Unlike programmable thermostats, which are only programmable from the touchpad in your home, smart thermostats run on Wi-Fi, allowing you to access your home’s HVAC settings from your smartphone, tablet or computer. The programming options are more clearly laid out to improve user-friendliness and help you save money and energy more easily. Some smart thermostats actually program themselves, tracking how you adjust the thermostat when your home and eventually making those changes on its own without your input.

Although this neat thermostat can save money on energy bills, you may have to pay a premium for the “smart” technology capabilities.

Enjoy Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling with AirCon Service Company

Effective heating and cooling is one of the many ways to transform your house into a home. Be sure you install the perfect thermostat for your lifestyle with help from the experts at AirCon Service Company. AirCon’s HVAC technicians are experienced and knowledgeable of the latest and greatest thermostats on the market and can recommend a model that fits your needs. Contact us online or call (281) 823-8771 to schedule an appointment today!