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 San Antonio home while saving money, you might want to ponder upgrading your thermostat. Thermostats have come a long way from setting the temperature and walking away and Aramendia has a number of choices to fit your specific needs.

The most common kinds of thermostats are programmable and smart thermostats, and there are a variety of options and features from Aramendia.

What is the difference between programmable and smart thermostats?
  • Programmable thermostats allow you to pre-set temperatures for various times of the day and week. You can set the thermostat so that it has different temperatures during the day when no one is around, 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’s around, so a programmable thermostat helps you save money by making an adjustment to the temperature automatically. You can head out with one less thing to think about.
  • 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. Quite a few of the newer and more advanced thermostats tap in to 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 set up to gather your energy usage numbers on a website.

Whether you go with a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat will be contingent on your individual needs, budget and familiarity with technology. While smart thermostats cost a bit more because of the additional features, both programmable and smart thermostats are great ways to save on your energy expenses while ensuring you are cozy in your San Antonio home.

If you have any questions about upgrading your thermostat or other ways to gain efficiencies in your home, give Aramendia a call at 210-404-4233 or request an appointment online and our professionals will be happy to help you.

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