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How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

Your thermostat is a huge factor in how much you are spending on energy costs. Just programming your thermostat for times when you’re sleeping or away can make a big impact without harming your comfort levels. Depending on which thermostat you select, 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 you.

Most programmable thermostats will allow you to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re routinely there and gone. Depending on the model you choose, you might be able to record one schedule, which you may end up overriding on weekends or other days you’re 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 check the number of periods you can set up during the 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? Be sure the thermostat you choose can meet 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 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 each individual day of the week.

Smart thermostats don’t just add more flexibility, 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 adjust 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 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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