What's the Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats?

August 04, 2017

If you are on the lookout for ways to stay comfy in your Albany home while saving money, you might want to think about upgrading your thermostat. Thermostats have updated quite a bit from setting the temperature and walking away and Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning has a host of choices to meet your specific needs.

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

What is the difference between programmable and smart thermostats?
  • Programmable thermostats mean you can pre-set temperatures for a variety of times of the day and week. You can set the thermostat so that it gives you 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 it’s empty, so a programmable thermostat helps you save money by setting the temperature automatically. You can walk out the door with one less thing to be concerned with.
  • Smart thermostats take it to the next step and are more intuitive. They follow the temperature adjustments that you make and learn from your behavior which allows it to begin making adjustments on its own. Many 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 configured to gather your energy usage statistics on a website.

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

If you have any questions about upgrading your thermostat or other ways to gain efficiencies in your home, give Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 518-417-2938 or request an appointment online and our specialists will be happy to help you.

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