What's the Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats?

August 04, 2017

If you are on the lookout for ways to stay comfortable in your Elkhart home while saving on your expenses, you might want to consider upgrading your thermostat. Thermostats have been upgraded quite a bit from setting the temperature and walking away and BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning has a number of options to meet your unique needs.

The most widespread types of thermostats are programmable and smart thermostats, and there are a host of options and features from BW/Cook 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 gives you different temperatures during the day when no one is around, or at night when everyone is snoozing. There’s no need to expend 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 walk out the door with one less thing to worry about.
  • Smart thermostats take it another step and are more intuitive. They follow the temperature changes that you make and learn from your behavior which permits it to begin making changes on its own. Quite a few of the newer and more advanced thermostats use your home’s Wi-Fi network, permitting you to control your home’s temperature from anywhere using an app through your phone or computer. These thermostats can often be arranged to compile your energy usage numbers on a website.

Whether you choose a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat will be dependent on your individual needs, budget and familiarity with technology. While smart thermostats cost a little more because of the extra features, both programmable and smart thermostats are decent ways to save on your energy bills while making sure you are comfortable in your Elkhart home.

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

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