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Differences Between Smart and Programmable Thermostats

Both smart and programmable thermostats allow you to better control your home’s energy use. Unlike inefficient manual models, modern thermostats were created for the purpose of saving energy without sacrificing comfort.

That is why energySMART, a Nicor Gas program, provides the option of a programmable or smart thermostat as part of its free home energy assessments. During an assessment, one of our Energy Advisors can install and set a programmable or smart thermostat along with other energy-saving products. With no shortage of features, it is just a matter of selecting the better thermostat option to suit your needs.

As the name suggests, programmable thermostats allow you to program your home’s cooling and heating system. Smart thermostats are also programmable, and they are designed to learn your behavior over time, automatically adjusting the temperature in your home to accommodate your habits. As an added benefit, some smart thermostats are WiFi-enabled, allowing you to remotely monitor and control the temperature in your home from a smartphone or other web-enabled device.

To schedule a free energy assessment and for any efficiency questions, call us at 877.886.4239.

Features

Programmable Thermostat

Smart Thermostat

Comfort

Can be programmed to preferred temperature settings

May sense when you enter a space and bring that room to your comfort setting

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Control & Convienience

Automatically adjusts temperatures to your personalized schedule and preset levels

 

May sense when you are home or away, optimizing comfort when you are home and conserving energy when you are away

 

Allows you to schedule events (such as a vacation)

Provides additional information such as monthly energy use, weather, system operation and maintenance reminders

May minimize runtime by using weather and system performance data to bring your home to the correct temperature

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Communicates with

Other Devices

Wi-Fi enabled, allowing you to remotely adjust temperature with a smart phone or other device

No

Yes