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How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

Your thermostat is a huge factor in how much you’re paying on your utility bills. Merely programming your thermostat for periods when you’re sleeping or away can make a big impact without harming your comfort levels. Depending on the model of your thermostat, you can do a whole lot more to make an even bigger impact.

At PWA Heating & Cooling Inc, we’ve got a selection of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most basic models to the most modern learning thermostats. How can you know what is best for your space? First, research the difference between basic programmable thermostats and advanced learning models. Either of these can help you save energy and money, but you’ll need to select which features are most important to you.

All programmable thermostats will allow you to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re usually there and not at home. Depending on the model you select, you could be able to record one schedule, which you may end up overriding on weekends or other days you’re home. Some models will let you program your weekdays on one schedule and your weekends on a different one. 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? Be sure the thermostat you pick can accommodate your needs.

For some people, being able to arrange 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 will let you completely customize a heating and cooling schedule for every 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 types 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 adjust 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 give them time to figure everything out on their own over the span of a few days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling desires are, PWA Heating & Cooling Inc 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 815-410-1231 to find out more, or arrange an appointment with us online.

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