How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

December 04, 2018

Your thermostat is a huge factor in how much you’re paying on your utility bills. Simply programming your thermostat for periods when you’re sleeping or away can make a large impact without negatively affecting your comfort levels. Depending on which thermostat you select, you might benefit from a lot of additional features.

At Farris Heating & Air, we’ve got an array of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most uncomplicated models to the state-of-the-art learning thermostats. How will you know what will work best for you? First, research 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 you.

All programmable thermostats will allow you to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re routinely there and gone. Depending on the model you select, you could be able to input 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 look at 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? Check that the thermostat you choose can adapt to your needs.

For some individuals, being able to arrange a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is enough. But if you want additional flexibility, it’s probably time to look into 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 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 after a short amount of time.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling needs are, Farris Heating & Air will help you find the most appropriate thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll experience ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Call us at 918-534-8194 to hear more, or arrange an appointment with us online.