How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

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Your thermostat is a big part of how much you are spending on energy costs. Simply programming your thermostat for times when you’re sleeping or away 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 WM J Kraus & Son, we’ve got several programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most uncomplicated models to the most modern learning thermostats. How can 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 comfort.

The majority of programmable thermostats will give you the chance to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re routinely there and gone. Depending on the model you choose, you might be able to enter one schedule, which you may end up overriding on the days you are home. Some models will allow you to program your weekdays on one schedule and your weekends on another. You’ll also want to check 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 choose can meet your needs.

For some individuals, being able to establish a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is plenty. But if you want added 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.

Smart thermostats don’t just add more flexibility, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can regulate 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 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, WM J Kraus & Son will help you find the best thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll end up with ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Give us a call at 319-229-2318 to learn more, or book an appointment with us online.

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