How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

December 04, 2018

Your thermostat is a huge factor in how much your energy bills are every month. Merely programming your thermostat for stretches when you’re sleeping or gone can make a big impact without harming your comfort levels. Depending on which thermostat you select, you can do a whole lot more to make an even bigger impact.

At Rescue Heating & Air , we’ve got an array of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the newest learning thermostats. How do you know what you need in your home? First, research the difference between basic programmable thermostats and advanced learning models. Both can help you save energy and money, but you’ll need to select which features are most important to your home comfort.

The majority of programmable thermostats will allow you to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re typically there and away. Depending on the model you pick, you might be able to input one schedule, which you may end up overriding on days you are actually home. Some models will permit you to program your weekdays on one schedule and your weekends on another. You’ll also want to review 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 choose can accommodate your needs.

For some people, being able to set a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is enough. But if you want more flexibility, it’s probably time to buy a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat will let 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 no matter 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 over the span of a few days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling wants are, Rescue Heating & Air will help you find the most appropriate thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll get to enjoy ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Contact us at 361-265-4371 to learn more, or arrange an appointment with us online.