How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

December 04, 2018

Your thermostat is key to how much you are spending on energy costs. Just 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 the type of programmable thermostat you purchase, you may be able to do even more.

At West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services, we’ve got an array of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most uncomplicated models to the most modern learning thermostats. How do you know what will work best for you? First, learn 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 comfort.

Most programmable thermostats will allow you to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re typically there and not at home. 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 another. 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 adapt to your needs.

For some individuals, being able to set a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is all they need. But if you want additional 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.

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 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 the actual activity in your home. 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 wants are, West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services 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 (616) 669-3961 to hear more, or book an appointment with us online.