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 Hillsborough home while saving money, you might want to think about upgrading your thermostat. Thermostats have come a long way from setting the temperature and walking away and Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning has a host of thermostats to handle your individual needs.

The most popular styles of thermostats are programmable and smart thermostats, and there are a variety of options and features from Fras-Air/General 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 set the thermostat so that it provides different temperatures during the day when no one is around, or at night when everyone is asleep. There’s no need to spend 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 walk out the door with one less thing to think about.
  • Smart thermostats take it a step further 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 utilize your home’s Wi-Fi network, allowing you to control your home’s temperature from anywhere using an app through your phone or computer. These thermostats can often be arranged to pull your energy usage numbers on a website.

Whether you go with a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat will be dependent on your unique needs, budget and familiarity with technology. While smart thermostats cost a bit more because of the additional features, both programmable and smart thermostats are good ways to save on your energy expenses while ensuring you are comfortable in your Hillsborough home.

If you have any questions about upgrading your thermostat or additional ways to gain efficiencies in your home, give Fras-Air/General 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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