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How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

Your thermostat is key to how much you’re paying on your utility bills. Merely programming your thermostat for stretches when you’re sleeping or away can make a big impact without having a negative affect on your comfort levels. Depending on which thermostat you select, you can do a whole lot more to make an even bigger impact.

At Colvin's Heating and Cooling, we’ve got a selection of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the newest learning thermostats. How will you know what will work best for you? First, learn 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.

The majority of programmable thermostats will let you schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re routinely there and gone. Depending on the model you choose, you might be able to enter one schedule, which you may end up overriding on the days you are home. Some models will permit you to 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 setting 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 choose can accommodate your needs.

For some homeowners, being able to arrange a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is plenty. But if you want additional flexibility, it’s probably time to look into 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 from anywhere. 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 monitor 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 within several days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling needs are, Colvin's Heating and Cooling will help you find the best thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll get to enjoy ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Give us a call at 816-379-3918 to learn more, or schedule an appointment with us online.

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