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 Austin home while saving money, you might want to think about upgrading your thermostat. Thermostats have come a long way from setting the temperature and walking away and Strand Brothers Service Experts has a variety of options to handle your unique needs.

The most common types of thermostats are programmable and smart thermostats, and there are a variety of options and features from Strand Brothers Service Experts.

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 set the thermostat so that it gives you different temperatures during the day when no one is around, or at night when everyone is sleeping. 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 be concerned with.
  • Smart thermostats take it another step and are more intuitive. They follow the temperature alterations that you make and learn from your behavior which permits it to begin making adjustments on its own. A lot of the newer and more advanced thermostats use your home’s Wi-Fi network, allowing you to control your home’s temperature from anywhere using an app through your phone or computer. These thermostats can often be set up to pull your energy usage numbers on a website.

Whether you pick a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat will depend 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 expenses while ensuring you are comfortable in your Austin home.

If you have any questions about upgrading your thermostat or any more ways to gain efficiencies in your home, give Strand Brothers Service Experts a call at or request an appointment online and our professionals will be happy to help you.

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