Differences Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats

Jul 15, 2018

Making a change in your thermostat might seem like a minor thing, but it can make a major difference in the way your home functions and feels. Perhaps the biggest change that comes with a new thermostat is the reduction in your heating and cooling costs. However, you have to know which type of thermostat to choose in order to maximize the potential cost savings associated with these tools. Two of the more popular types of thermostats are smart thermostats and programmable thermostats, but which one is better?

If you want to make a change to your thermostat, you should know the difference between these two important types of thermostats. Each one has a unique set of abilities that can improve the overall functioning of your heating and cooling system. Take a closer look at their differences in the sections below!

Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat allows you to set it to make automatic changes to the temperature of your home throughout the day. For example, it is recommended to set your air conditioning up during the hours that you are at work and while you sleep. A programmable thermostat can do just that without any input from you. It automatically changes the temperature up seven degrees while you are at work and four degrees while you sleep. As a result, it can save you up to $180 per year on your cooling costs!

Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat can do the same thing as a programmable thermostat and so much more. A programmable thermostat only changes the temperature according to the time and changes you put in the system. A smart thermostat can also change the temperature whenever its sensors realize that no one is home to enjoy the cool air blowing through the vents. This can save you a bundle on your cooling costs because it automatically adjusts whenever you step out of the home for an extended period of time.

As an added bonus, you can also change your thermostat settings while you’re on the go. Your smartphone allows you to connect wirelessly with your home thermostat and change the temperature. Bump it up a few degrees if you won’t be home for a while or turn it down low if you’re coming home sooner than expected.

At the end of the day, your smart thermostat can also evaluate how much energy you have used on a particular day. It might be able to offer you suggestions on how to save more money on your heating and cooling costs each day. These insights can be extremely valuable if you are interested in installing a new thermostat just to save a few dollars on your heating and cooling costs each month.

When you’re ready to install a new thermostat, you can call Provincial Heating and cooling. Our team of qualified Winnipeg air conditioning system professionals is ready and waiting to help you save more money on your electric bill this month. Give us a call today to see how we can help you!


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