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How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

Your thermostat is a big part of how much you are spending on energy costs. Simply programming your thermostat for stretches when you’re sleeping or not at home can make a big impact without negatively affecting your comfort levels. Depending on the type of programmable thermostat you purchase, you may be able to do even more.

At Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company, we’ve got a selection of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the most modern 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 want to determine 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 away. 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 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? Confirm that 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 enough. But if you want added flexibility, it’s probably time to consider a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat lets you completely customize a heating and cooling schedule for every 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 from anywhere. 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 monitor 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 give them time to figure everything out on their own over the span of a few days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling wants are, Alan Energy Services Air Conditioning and Heating Company 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. Give us a call at 630-570-0252 to hear more, or schedule an appointment with us online.

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