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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. Just programming your thermostat for stretches when you’re sleeping or not at home can make a big impact without negatively affecting your comfort levels. Depending on the type of programmable thermostat you purchase, you may be able to do even more.

At Heartland Heating & Cooling, we’ve got an array of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the most modern learning thermostats. How will you know what is best for your space? First, research the difference between basic programmable thermostats and advanced learning models. Either of these can help you save energy and money, but you’ll want to determine which features are most important to your home.

All programmable thermostats will let you schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re typically there and gone. Depending on the model you select, you might be able to input one schedule, which you may end up overriding on weekends or other days you’re home. Some models will permit you to program your weekdays on one schedule and your weekends on a separate schedule. You’ll also want to check 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? Be sure the thermostat you select can accommodate your needs.

For some individuals, being able to establish a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is all they need. But if you want more flexibility, it’s probably time to consider a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat will let 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 manage your home’s temperature no matter 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 actual daily activity. Some models don’t even need to be programmed—you just turn them on and they will figure everything out on their own over the span of a few days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling needs are, Heartland Heating & Cooling will help you find the best thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll end up with ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Call us at 515-344-3579 to hear more, or book an appointment with us online.

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