How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

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Your thermostat is key to how much you are spending on energy costs. Simply programming your thermostat for times when you’re sleeping or not at home can make a great impact without harming your comfort levels. Depending on which thermostat you select, you can do a whole lot more to make an even bigger impact.

At Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical, we’ve got several programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the state-of-the-art learning thermostats. How will you know what is best for your space? 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 select which features are most important to your home comfort.

Most programmable thermostats will let you schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re typically there and not at home. Depending on the model you select, you might be able to enter 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 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? Confirm that the thermostat you pick can accommodate 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 additional flexibility, it’s probably time to consider a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat allows you to completely customize a heating and cooling schedule for every day of the week.

Flexibility isn’t the only benefit that smart thermostats provide, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can regulate your home’s temperature no matter where you are. Some selections 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 let them figure everything out on their own within several days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling needs are, Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical will help you find the most appropriate thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll end up with ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Give us a call at 847-362-0262 to find out more, or book an appointment with us online.

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