What's the Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats?

August 04, 2017

If you are looking for ways to stay cozy in your Buffalo home while saving on your bills, you might want to ponder upgrading your thermostat. Thermostats have been upgraded quite a bit from setting the temperature and walking away and Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning has a variety of thermostats to fit your individual needs.

The most widespread types of thermostats are programmable and smart thermostats, and there are a variety of options and features from Sunbeam 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 program the thermostat so that it has different temperatures during the day when no one is around, or at night when everyone is asleep. There’s no need to devote energy and money to keep the house cool or warm when no one is there, so a programmable thermostat helps you save money by adjusting the temperature automatically. You can walk out the door with one less thing to worry about.
  • Smart thermostats take it to the next step and are more intuitive. They follow the temperature changes 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 use your home’s Wi-Fi network, meaning you can control your home’s temperature throughout your home using an app through your phone or computer. These thermostats can often be configured to compile your energy usage numbers 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 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 cozy in your Buffalo home.

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

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