How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

December 04, 2018

Your thermostat is a huge factor in how much your energy bills are every month. Just programming your thermostat for stretches when you’re sleeping or gone can make a great impact without negatively affecting your comfort levels. Depending on the model of your thermostat, you might benefit from a lot of additional features.

At Farnell Mechanical, Inc., we’ve got a selection of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most uncomplicated models to the newest learning thermostats. How will 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 want to determine which features are most important to your home.

The majority of programmable thermostats will give you the chance to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re usually there and away. Depending on the model you pick, you may be able to record 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 a separate schedule. You’ll also want to check the number of periods you can select each 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 set 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 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 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 your actual daily activity. 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 wants are, Farnell Mechanical, Inc. will help you find the best thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll experience ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Call us at 334-245-4748 to learn more, or schedule an appointment with us online.