What's the Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats?

August 04, 2017

If you are on the lookout for ways to stay cozy in your Champaign home while saving on your bills, you might want to ponder upgrading your thermostat. Thermostats have been upgraded quite a bit from setting the temperature and walking away and Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning has a number of options to meet your individual needs.

The most common kinds of thermostats are programmable and smart thermostats, and there are a variety of options and features from Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

What is the difference between programmable and smart thermostats?
  • Programmable thermostats permit you to pre-set temperatures for a variety 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 snoozing. There’s no need to devote energy and money to keep the house cool or warm when no one is there, so a programmable thermostat helps you save money by adjusting the temperature automatically. You can leave with one less thing to be concerned with.
  • 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 adjusting on its own. Quite a few of the newer and more advanced thermostats use your home’s Wi-Fi network, allowing you to control your home’s temperature from all over using an app through your phone or computer. These thermostats can often be set up to compile your energy usage statistics on a website.

Whether you go with a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat will be contingent on your individual needs, budget and familiarity with technology. While smart thermostats cost a tad more because of the added features, both programmable and smart thermostats are decent ways to save on your energy expenses while being sure you are cozy in your Champaign home.

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

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