What's the Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats?

August 04, 2017

If you are looking for ways to stay cozy in your Austin home while saving on your bills, you might want to consider upgrading your thermostat. Thermostats have updated quite a bit from setting the temperature and walking away and Strand Brothers Service Experts has a host of choices to fit your individual needs.

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

What is the difference between programmable and smart thermostats?
  • Programmable thermostats allow you to pre-set temperatures for a variety of times of the day and week. You can setup the thermostat so that it has different temperatures during the day when no one is home, 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 is there, so a programmable thermostat helps you save money by adjusting 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 means it can begin adjusting 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 set up to pull your energy usage statistics 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 tad more because of the additional features, both programmable and smart thermostats are great ways to save on your energy costs while ensuring you are comfy in your Austin home.

If you have any questions about upgrading your thermostat or additional 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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