How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

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Your thermostat is key to how much your energy bills are every month. Merely programming your thermostat for periods when you’re sleeping or not at home can make a large impact without negatively affecting your comfort levels. Depending on which thermostat you select, you can do a whole lot more to make an even bigger impact.

At Forster Heating, we’ve got an array of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most basic models to the state-of-the-art learning thermostats. How do you know what will work best for you? First, research the difference between basic programmable thermostats and advanced learning models. Both can help you save energy and money, but you’ll need to decide which features are most important to you.

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 may be able to enter one schedule, which you may end up overriding on the days you are home. Some models will let you program your weekdays on one schedule and your weekends on a different one. You’ll also want to check the number of periods during each day you can set up. 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 choose can meet your needs.

For some homeowners, 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 buy a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat allows you to 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 control your home’s temperature from anywhere. 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 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 let them figure everything out on their own after a short amount of time.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling wants are, Forster Heating will help you find the best thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll get to enjoy ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Contact us at 530-885-8081 to find out more, or schedule an appointment with us online.

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