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. Simply programming your thermostat for stretches when you’re sleeping or not at home can make a big impact without harming your comfort levels. Depending on the type of programmable thermostat you purchase, you may be able to do even more.

At Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc., we’ve got a selection of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the newest learning thermostats. How do you know what is best for your space? 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 give you the chance to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re typically there and away. Depending on the model you pick, you may be able to enter 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 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 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 pick can accommodate your needs.

For some individuals, 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 day of the week.

Not only are smart thermostats more flexible, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can control your home’s temperature no matter 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 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 over the span of a few days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling needs are, Alan Heating Air Conditioning, Inc. will help you find the most appropriate thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll experience ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Give us a call at 630-833-1100 to hear more, or book an appointment with us online.

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