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How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

Your thermostat is a big part of how much your energy bills are every month. Simply programming your thermostat for stretches when you’re sleeping or gone can make a big 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 Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve got several programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most basic models to the newest learning thermostats. How will you know what is best for your space? First, learn 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 you.

All programmable thermostats will give you the chance to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re typically there and gone. 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 review the number of periods you can set up during the day. 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? Check that the thermostat you pick can accommodate your needs.

For some people, being able to arrange a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is plenty. But if you want added flexibility, it’s probably time to look into a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat allows you to 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 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 the actual activity in your home. Some models don’t even need to be programmed—you just turn them on and they will figure everything out on their own within several days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling needs are, Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning will help you find the best thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll get to enjoy ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Contact us at 308-624-3485 to learn more, or schedule an appointment with us online.

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