How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

December 04, 2018

Your thermostat is a big part of how much your energy bills are every month. Just programming your thermostat for times when you’re sleeping or away can make a great impact without harming your comfort levels. Depending on the type of programmable thermostat you purchase, you might benefit from a lot of additional features.

At Davis Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve got several programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the state-of-the-art learning thermostats. How will you know what is best for your space? 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 decide which features are most important to your home.

The majority of programmable thermostats will allow you to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re typically there and gone. Depending on the model you select, you might be able to record 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 a different one. You’ll also want to look at 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 meet your needs.

For some homeowners, being able to arrange a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is enough. But if you want additional 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 each individual day of the week.

Flexibility isn’t the only benefit that smart thermostats provide, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can manage your home’s temperature regardless of where you are. 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 household’s activity throughout the day. 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 desires are, Davis Heating & Air Conditioning will help you find the perfect thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll experience ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Contact us at 540-369-3790 to learn more, or arrange an appointment with us online.