What's the Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats?

August 04, 2017

If you are looking for ways to stay comfortable in your Knoxville home while saving on your expenses, you might want to consider upgrading your thermostat. Thermostats have updated quite a bit from setting the temperature and walking away and R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning has a number of options to meet your unique needs.

The most common kinds of thermostats are programmable and smart thermostats, and there are a variety of options and features from R & M Climate Control 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 setup the thermostat so that it has different temperatures during the day when no one is in your house, or at night when everyone is asleep. There’s no need to expend energy and money to keep the house cool or warm when no one is there, so a programmable thermostat helps you save money by setting the temperature automatically. You can head out with one less thing to worry about.
  • Smart thermostats take it to the next 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. A lot of the newer and more advanced thermostats utilize your home’s Wi-Fi network, permitting you to control your home’s temperature throughout your home using an app through your phone or computer. These thermostats can often be set up to pull your energy usage figures 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 tad more because of the extra features, both programmable and smart thermostats are decent ways to save on your energy expenses while ensuring you are comfy in your Knoxville home.

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

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