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 periods when you’re sleeping or not at home can make a big impact without negatively affecting your comfort levels. Depending on the model of your thermostat, you may be able to do even more.

At George Home Services, we’ve got several programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the most modern learning thermostats. How do you know what you need in your home? First, learn 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 your home.

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 days you are actually home. Some models will permit you to program your weekdays on one schedule and your weekends on another. You’ll also want to look at the number of periods you can set up during the 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 pick can meet your needs.

For some people, being able to arrange a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is all they need. But if you want additional flexibility, it’s probably time to look into a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat lets you completely customize a heating and cooling schedule for every day of the week.

Flexibility isn’t the only benefit that smart thermostats provide, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can manage your home’s temperature regardless of 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 the actual activity in your home. 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, George Home Services will help you find the perfect thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll end up with ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Call us at 570-244-2510 to find out more, or arrange an appointment with us online.