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 times when you’re sleeping or not at home can make a big impact without having a negative affect on your comfort levels. Depending on the model of your thermostat, you may be able to do even more.

At AC Sales, we’ve got an array of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the state-of-the-art 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 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 usually there and not at home. Depending on the model you pick, you may be able to enter one schedule, which you may end up overriding on days you are actually home. Some models will let you 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 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? Confirm that the thermostat you pick can adapt to your needs.

For some individuals, being able to establish a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is plenty. But if you want more 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.

Not only are smart thermostats more flexible, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can control your home’s temperature no matter 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 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 let them figure everything out on their own after a short amount of time.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling desires are, AC Sales will help you find the most appropriate thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll experience ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Contact us at (337) 234-2345 to hear more, or schedule an appointment with us online.