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 San Antonio home while saving money, you might want to ponder upgrading your thermostat. Thermostats have updated quite a bit from setting the temperature and walking away and Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air has a number of options to meet 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 Plumbing, Heating and Air.

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 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 expend 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 worry 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. 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 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 depend 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 additional ways to gain efficiencies in your home, give Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air a call at 210-404-4233 or request an appointment online and our experts will be happy to help you.

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