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. Merely programming your thermostat for periods when you’re sleeping or away can make a large impact without harming your comfort levels. Depending on which thermostat you select, you may be able to do even more.

At Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc., 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 will work best for you? First, learn the difference between basic programmable thermostats and advanced learning models. Each of these options can help you save energy and money, but you’ll need to decide which features are most important to your home comfort.

All programmable thermostats will give you the chance to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re usually there and not at home. Depending on the model you pick, you may 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 a separate schedule. You’ll also want to look at the number of periods you can select each 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? Confirm that the thermostat you pick can adapt to 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 lets you 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 from anywhere. 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 desires are, Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. will help you find the most appropriate thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll get to enjoy ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Call us at 803-796-9172 to learn more, or schedule an appointment with us online.

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