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How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

Your thermostat is a huge factor in how much you’re paying on your utility bills. Simply programming your thermostat for times when you’re sleeping or gone can make a big impact without harming your comfort levels. Depending on the model of your thermostat, you might benefit from a lot of additional features.

At Stanford Heating & Cooling, we’ve got a selection of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the most modern learning thermostats. How can you know what you need in your home? First, research the difference between basic programmable thermostats and advanced learning models. Each of these options can help you save energy and money, but you’ll need to decide which features are most important to your home.

Most programmable thermostats will let you schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re typically there and away. Depending on the model you select, you might be able to record one schedule, which you may end up overriding on the days you are home. Some models will let you program your weekdays on one schedule and your weekends on a different one. You’ll also want to check the number of periods you can set up during the 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? Be sure the thermostat you select can meet your needs.

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

Not only are smart thermostats more flexible, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can control your home’s temperature regardless of 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 adjust your heating and cooling schedules based on the actual activity in your home. 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, Stanford Heating & Cooling will help you find the most appropriate thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll end up with ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Contact us at 812-825-8695 to hear more, or arrange an appointment with us online.

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