How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

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Your thermostat is a big part of how much you’re paying on your utility bills. Merely programming your thermostat for stretches when you’re sleeping or gone can make a great impact without harming your comfort levels. Depending on the model of your thermostat, you can do a whole lot more to make an even bigger impact.

At Point Heating & Cooling, we’ve got an array of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the state-of-the-art learning thermostats. How can you know what will work best for you? 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.

All programmable thermostats will let you schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re typically there and gone. Depending on the model you pick, you may be able to input one schedule, which you may end up overriding on days you are actually home. Some models will allow you to program your weekdays on one schedule and your weekends on a different one. You’ll also want to review the number of periods you can select each day. 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? Confirm that the thermostat you choose can accommodate your needs.

For some individuals, being able to arrange a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is enough. But if you want additional flexibility, it’s probably time to buy a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat lets you completely customize a heating and cooling schedule for every weekday.

Flexibility isn’t the only benefit that smart thermostats provide, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can control your home’s temperature regardless of where you are. Some types 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 let them figure everything out on their own after a short amount of time.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling wants are, Point Heating & Cooling will help you find the most appropriate thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll experience ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Call us at 715-504-0533 to learn more, or book an appointment with us online.

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