What's the Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats?

August 04, 2017

If you are looking for ways to stay comfortable in your Gaithersburg home while saving money, you might want to think about upgrading your thermostat. Thermostats have been upgraded quite a bit from setting the temperature and walking away and Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning has a host of choices to fit your individual needs.

The most widespread kinds of thermostats are programmable and smart thermostats, and there are a variety of options and features from Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

What is the difference between programmable and smart thermostats?
  • Programmable thermostats permit you to pre-set temperatures for a number of times of the day and week. You can setup the thermostat so that it provides different temperatures during the day when no one is in your house, or at night when everyone is asleep. There’s no need to spend energy and money to keep the house cool or warm when it’s empty, so a programmable thermostat helps you save money by making an adjustment to 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 permits it to begin making changes on its own. Many of the newer and more advanced thermostats use your home’s Wi-Fi network, permitting 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 gather your energy usage numbers on a website.

Whether you choose a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat will depend on your unique needs, budget and familiarity with technology. While smart thermostats cost a bit more because of the extra features, both programmable and smart thermostats are good ways to save on your energy bills while making sure you are comfy in your Gaithersburg home.

If you have any questions about upgrading your thermostat or additional ways to gain efficiencies in your home, give Parker Pearce 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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