What's the Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats?

August 04, 2017

If you are on the lookout for ways to stay comfortable in your Niagara Falls 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 number of thermostats to meet your specific needs.

The most popular types of thermostats are programmable and smart thermostats, and there are a host of options and features from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

What is the difference between programmable and smart thermostats?
  • Programmable thermostats permit you to pre-set temperatures for various times of the day and week. You can program the thermostat so that it provides different temperatures during the day when no one is around, or at night when everyone is snoozing. There’s no need to expend 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 think about.
  • Smart thermostats take it a step further and are more intuitive. They follow the temperature adjustments that you make and learn from your behavior which permits 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 anywhere using an app through your phone or computer. These thermostats can often be configured to pull your energy usage statistics on a website.

Whether you go with a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat will depend on your individual needs, budget and familiarity with technology. While smart thermostats cost a bit more because of the added features, both programmable and smart thermostats are great ways to save on your energy costs while being sure you are comfortable in your Niagara Falls home.

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

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