What's the Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats?

August 04, 2017

If you are searching for ways to stay comfortable in your Edmonton home while saving money, you might want to ponder upgrading your thermostat. Thermostats have been upgraded quite a bit from setting the temperature and walking away and McKinley Heating Service Experts has a host of options to fit your unique needs.

The most common kinds of thermostats are programmable and smart thermostats, and there are a host of options and features from McKinley Heating Service Experts.

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 program the thermostat so that it provides different temperatures during the day when no one is around, or at night when everyone is sleeping. There’s no need to spend 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 head out with one less thing to be concerned with.
  • 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 allows it to begin making adjustments on its own. Many of the newer and more advanced thermostats use your home’s Wi-Fi network, meaning you can control your home’s temperature from anywhere 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 pick a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat will be dependent on your own needs, budget and familiarity with technology. While smart thermostats cost a little more because of the added features, both programmable and smart thermostats are decent ways to save on your energy expenses while ensuring you are comfortable in your Edmonton home.

If you have any questions about upgrading your thermostat or other ways to gain efficiencies in your home, give McKinley Heating Service Experts a call at 780-800-7092 or request an appointment online and our specialists will be happy to help you.

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