How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

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Your thermostat is key to how much you’re paying on your utility bills. Just programming your thermostat for times when you’re sleeping or not at home can make a large impact without harming your comfort levels. Depending on which thermostat you select, you might benefit from a lot of additional features.

At Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve got a selection of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most basic 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. 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 allow you to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re typically there and not at home. Depending on the model you pick, you could be able to enter 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 a separate schedule. You’ll also want to review the number of periods you can set up during the day. For instance, will you want the temps 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 homeowners, being able to establish a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is plenty. But if you want added flexibility, it’s probably time to buy a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat allows you to completely customize a heating and cooling schedule for each individual day of the week.

Smart thermostats don’t just add more flexibility, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can manage 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 adapt 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 let them figure everything out on their own within several days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling desires are, Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning will help you find the perfect thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll experience ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Call us at 913-432-3342 to hear more, or arrange an appointment with us online.

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