How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

December 04, 2018

Your thermostat is a big part of how much you’re paying on your utility bills. Just programming your thermostat for stretches when you’re sleeping or away can make a large impact without having a negative affect on your comfort levels. Depending on which thermostat you select, you can do a whole lot more to make an even bigger impact.

At Home Comfort Heating & Air, we’ve got a selection of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most uncomplicated models to the most modern learning thermostats. How will you know what is best for your space? First, take the time to understand the difference between basic programmable thermostats and advanced learning models. Both can help you save energy and money, but you’ll need to decide which features are most important to your home.

All programmable thermostats will give you the chance to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re typically there and gone. Depending on the model you select, you could be able to enter one schedule, which you may end up overriding on days you are actually home. Some models will permit you to program your weekdays on one schedule and your weekends on a separate schedule. You’ll also want to look at the number of periods you can select each day. For instance, will you want the temps different when you sleep, when you wake up, when you’re at work and when you are home in the evening? Check that the thermostat you choose can accommodate your needs.

For some individuals, being able to establish a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is all they need. But if you want more flexibility, it’s probably time to look into a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat allows you to completely customize a heating and cooling schedule for every weekday.

Smart thermostats don’t just add more flexibility, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can regulate your home’s temperature no matter where you are. Some models of smart thermostats take innovation even further—these are called “learning thermostats.” Learning thermostats do everything a regular smart thermostat can do, but they can also learn from your behaviors and monitor your heating and cooling schedules based on your household’s activity throughout the day. Some models don’t even need to be programmed—you just turn them on and they will figure everything out on their own within several days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling desires are, Home Comfort Heating & Air will help you find the perfect thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll experience ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Give us a call at 763-276-0617 to find out more, or schedule an appointment with us online.