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The Difference Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats

Many home and business owners are interested in turning to new technologies to keep their utility costs down. Thermostats, both programmable and smart, can help residences and buildings run more efficiently. However, most people don’t fully understand the difference between the two options.

Programmable Thermostats

As the name implies, a programmable thermostat adjusts based on the schedule a person defines. If you’re away at predictable times of the day, you can set your thermostat to adjust when you’re gone– at work, for example –and readjust when you’re going to be home. This is a great option if your schedule is consistent. VIVE Thermostats incorporate a modern, touch screen design with these programmable features.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats, on the other hand, have a far more robust feature set. They use technology like GPS, geo-fencing, and/or sensors based on location to sync to your smartphone and respond to cues in the environment. They “learn” your behaviors and automatically adjust the temperature to reflect them, which leads to increased comfort and energy savings. Some of the most popular models on the market include:

These thermostats connect directly to your Wi-Fi and also hook into your home assistant services like Alexa, Google Home, and more. Compatible applications give you a detailed analysis of your energy usage, as well as customized tips for reducing your utility bills. Users will find that they can reduce their carbon footprint and increase their energy savings each month by using smart thermostats, which leads to additional cost savings.

Smart thermostats are, in their most basic form, more complex than their programmable counterparts. With customized settings and the ability to learn your patterns, smart thermostats automatically adjust to your lifestyle. Programmable thermostats, at their lower price point, could be a better alternative for people with predictable schedules. For families with schedules that vary from day to day, smart thermostats may be worth the investment. Both options, however, can help consumers save money with the simple click of a button.

To purchase smart or programmable thermostats for your customers, or for more information on the two, contact CE today.