Smart or Programmable: Which Thermostat will Outlast Florida Weather?

Smart or Programmable: Which Thermostat will Outlast Florida Weather?

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Paper or plastic, satellite or cable, pop or r&b, and republican or democrat. So many choices that constitute life. Yet, possibly the one you will make that will matter for years to come will be whether to get a smart thermostat or a programmable thermostat.

Programmable thermostats have been available for years and they just like their name says allow you to program the temperature of your AC unit at different times throughout the day. The new kid on the block in terms of thermostats is the smart thermostat which has such features as:

  • Allow you to connect and monitor your thermostat from the Internet
  • Monitor it from your smartphone (No more worrying about the kids turning up the air when you aren’t home while they are home on summer break).
  • When no one is home, it will allow you to potentially reduce AC use.


Unlike programmable thermostats, smart thermostats actually are designed with the primary motive to conserve energy and reduce overall AC use. The greatest thing about smart thermostats is that you can monitor your AC temperature from your smartphone which although trials are still being run on how much energy this option saves, it definitely impacts your electric bill.

Therefore, the smartest money option between the two is the smart thermostat. Yet, regarding whether they can weather is still up for debate. It seems like they can. Basically, they learn from your behaviors and how you control your AC unit. They respond to you just like any other smart device. For example, you can tell them to shut off after you leave the house for work, and then spring back into action in just enough time to make the house nice and toasty (or cool and comfortable, depending on the season) by the time you to get home. Most smart thermostats show you how long it takes to make the change you’ve requested, so you can see how effective your climate control system really is, and it discourages people from turning a thermostat all the way down to try “cooling off the house faster” (which never works). From the remote interface, you can always see how much you’re spending on heating or cooling costs, tweak the programming to you save money, and see the results immediately.

Something major to consider when buying a smart thermostat is that they aren’t as beneficial to snowbirds but more for residents of Florida who live here year-round. If you are a snowbird, never fear because programmable thermostats are better for what you hope to accomplish with the short time frame you plan to be in Florida. Basically, the main difference between a programmable thermostat versus a smart thermostat is that neither of them has a Siri-like voice yet that talks back to you.

Not sure where you should start when conserving energy and saving money on your energy bill? Consider scheduling an Energy Review appointment. It’s free and full of helpful suggestions to save you money.

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