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 not at home can make a great 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 Point Heating & Cooling, we’ve got several programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most basic models to the most modern learning thermostats. How will you know what you need in your home? 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 you.

Most 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 pick, you may be able to input 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 during each day you can set up. For instance, will you want the temperature in your house 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 homeowners, being able to set a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is enough. But if you want added flexibility, it’s probably time to buy a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat allows you to 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 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 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, Point Heating & Cooling will help you find the perfect thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll experience ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Contact us at 715-504-0533 to find out more, or schedule an appointment with us online.