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How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

Your thermostat is a huge factor in how much your energy bills are every month. Just programming your thermostat for stretches when you’re sleeping or not at home can make a big impact without harming your comfort levels. Depending on which thermostat you select, you might benefit from a lot of additional features.

At West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services, we’ve got several programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the newest learning thermostats. How do you know what will work best for you? First, take the time to understand 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 decide which features are most important to your home comfort.

Most programmable thermostats will let you schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re usually there and away. Depending on the model you choose, you could be able to record 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 select each day. 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? Confirm that the thermostat you choose can adapt to 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 added flexibility, it’s probably time to buy a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat allows you to completely customize a heating and cooling schedule for every day of the week.

Smart thermostats don’t just add more flexibility, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can manage your home’s temperature regardless of where you are. Some types 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 give them time to figure everything out on their own after a short amount of time.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling desires are, West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services will help you find the perfect thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll end up with ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Call us at (616) 669-3961 to hear more, or schedule an appointment with us online.

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