How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

December 04, 2018

Your thermostat is key to how much you are spending on energy costs. Simply programming your thermostat for stretches when you’re sleeping or not at home can make a big impact without having a negative affect on your comfort levels. Depending on the model of your thermostat, you can do a whole lot more to make an even bigger impact.

At Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC, we’ve got several programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most basic models to the most modern learning thermostats. How do you know what you need in your home? First, take the time to understand 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 you.

All programmable thermostats will give you the chance to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re routinely there and gone. Depending on the model you pick, you might be able to enter one schedule, which you may end up overriding on days you are actually home. Some models will let you 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 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? Check that the thermostat you select can accommodate your needs.

For some people, being able to set a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is plenty. But if you want more flexibility, it’s probably time to consider a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat lets you completely customize a heating and cooling schedule for every weekday.

Not only are smart thermostats more flexible, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can manage your home’s temperature from anywhere. Some models 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 your household’s activity throughout the day. Some models don’t even need to be programmed—you just turn them on and they will figure everything out on their own within several days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling wants are, Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC will help you find the perfect thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll get to enjoy ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Give us a call at 715-318-6728 to hear more, or book an appointment with us online.