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How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

December 04, 2018

Your thermostat is key to how much your energy bills are every month. Merely programming your thermostat for times when you’re sleeping or not at home can make a big impact without having a negative affect on your comfort levels. Depending on which thermostat you select, you might benefit from a lot of additional features.

At Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services, we’ve got a selection of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the most modern learning thermostats. How will you know what is best for your space? First, learn 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.

The majority of programmable thermostats will give you the chance to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re routinely there and not at home. Depending on the model you select, you may be able to record one schedule, which you may end up overriding on weekends or other days you’re home. Some models will permit you to program your weekdays on one schedule and your weekends on another. You’ll also want to look at the number of periods during each day you can set up. For instance, will you want the temperature setting different when you sleep, when you wake up, when you’re at work and when you are home in the evening? Be sure the thermostat you choose can adapt to your needs.

For some people, being able to set a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is plenty. But if you want added flexibility, it’s probably time to consider a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat allows you to completely customize a heating and cooling schedule for each individual day of the week.

Not only are smart thermostats more flexible, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can manage your home’s temperature from anywhere. Some selections 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 adapt your heating and cooling schedules based on your actual daily activity. Some models don’t even need to be programmed—you just turn them on and give them time to figure everything out on their own over the span of a few days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling wants are, Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services will help you find the best thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll experience ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Contact us at 907-202-9798 to find out more, or schedule an appointment with us online.