What's the Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats?

August 04, 2017

If you are looking for ways to stay comfortable in your Waldorf home while saving on your bills, you might want to ponder upgrading your thermostat. Thermostats have come a long way from setting the temperature and walking away and A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning has a host of options to meet your unique needs.

The most popular styles of thermostats are programmable and smart thermostats, and there are a number of options and features from A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

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 program the thermostat so that it provides different temperatures during the day when no one is around, or at night when everyone is asleep. There’s no need to devote 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 walk out the door 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. 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 from anywhere using an app through your phone or computer. These thermostats can often be configured to compile your energy usage statistics on a website.

Whether you pick a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat will be contingent on your own needs, budget and familiarity with technology. While smart thermostats cost a bit more because of the additional features, both programmable and smart thermostats are decent ways to save on your energy costs while being sure you are cozy in your Waldorf home.

If you have any questions about upgrading your thermostat or other ways to gain efficiencies in your home, give A-PLUS 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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