How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

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Your thermostat is a big part of how much your energy bills are every month. Simply programming your thermostat for times when you’re sleeping or gone can make a big impact without negatively affecting your comfort levels. Depending on the model of your thermostat, you can do a whole lot more to make an even bigger impact.

At Freed Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve got an array of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most basic models to the state-of-the-art 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 select which features are most important to your home.

Most programmable thermostats will allow you to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re typically there and gone. Depending on the model you pick, you might be able to enter one schedule, which you may end up overriding on the days you are home. Some models will permit you to program your weekdays on one schedule and your weekends on a separate schedule. You’ll also want to check the number of periods during each day you can set up. 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? Check that the thermostat you select can accommodate your needs.

For some homeowners, being able to establish a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is enough. But if you want more flexibility, it’s probably time to look into a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat will let 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 regulate 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 adapt your heating and cooling schedules based on your household’s activity throughout the day. Some models don’t even need to be programmed—you just turn them on and they will figure everything out on their own over the span of a few days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling wants are, Freed Heating & Air Conditioning 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 309-323-9584 to learn more, or book an appointment with us online.

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