What's the Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats?

August 04, 2017

If you are looking for ways to stay comfy in your Grand Island 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 McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning has a variety of thermostats to fit your individual needs.

The most common kinds of thermostats are programmable and smart thermostats, and there are a number of options and features from McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

What is the difference between programmable and smart thermostats?
  • Programmable thermostats permit you to pre-set temperatures for various times of the day and week. You can setup the thermostat so that it gives you different temperatures during the day when no one is around, or at night when everyone is asleep. 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 setting the temperature automatically. You can walk out the door with one less thing to think about.
  • Smart thermostats take it a step further and are more intuitive. They follow the temperature alterations that you make and learn from your behavior which allows it to begin adjusting on its own. Quite a few 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 gather your energy usage numbers on a website.

Whether you pick a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat will be dependent on your unique needs, budget and familiarity with technology. While smart thermostats cost a little more because of the extra features, both programmable and smart thermostats are good ways to save on your energy bills while making sure you are cozy in your Grand Island home.

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

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