How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

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Your thermostat is a huge factor in how much you’re paying on your utility bills. Simply programming your thermostat for stretches when you’re sleeping or not at home can make a great impact without negatively affecting your comfort levels. Depending on the type of programmable thermostat you purchase, you might benefit from a lot of additional features.

At Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing, we’ve got a selection of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most uncomplicated models to the newest learning thermostats. How can you know what you need in your home? First, take the time to understand the difference between basic programmable thermostats and advanced learning models. Either of these 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 usually there and away. Depending on the model you select, you could be able to record one schedule, which you may end up overriding on days you are actually home. Some models will let you 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 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 pick can meet your needs.

For some individuals, being able to establish a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is enough. But if you want more flexibility, it’s probably time to consider a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat lets 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 from anywhere. Some models 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 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, Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing will help you find the best thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll experience ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Give us a call at 661-437-3499 to hear more, or schedule an appointment with us online.

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