What's the Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats?

August 04, 2017

If you are looking for ways to stay comfortable in your Birmingham home while saving on your expenses, you might want to ponder upgrading your thermostat. Thermostats have come a long way from setting the temperature and walking away and Norrell Service Experts has a host of options to fit your specific needs.

The most popular styles of thermostats are programmable and smart thermostats, and there are a variety of options and features from Norrell Service Experts.

What is the difference between programmable and smart thermostats?
  • Programmable thermostats mean you can pre-set temperatures for a variety of times of the day and week. You can set the thermostat so that it has different temperatures during the day when no one is around, 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 making an adjustment to the temperature automatically. You can head out with one less thing to be concerned with.
  • Smart thermostats take it another step and are more intuitive. They follow the temperature adjustments that you make and learn from your behavior which allows it to begin adjusting on its own. Quite a few of the newer and more advanced thermostats use your home’s Wi-Fi network, meaning you can 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 numbers on a website.

Whether you pick a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat will be dependent on your individual 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 costs while making sure you are comfortable in your Birmingham home.

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

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