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How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

Your thermostat is key to how much you’re paying on your utility bills. Simply programming your thermostat for periods when you’re sleeping or away can make a large impact without harming your comfort levels. Depending on the type of programmable thermostat you purchase, you might benefit from a lot of additional features.

At James Heating & A/C, Inc, we’ve got a selection of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most uncomplicated models to the state-of-the-art 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. Each of these options 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 typically there and gone. Depending on the model you select, you may be able to record 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 look at the number of periods during each day you can set up. For instance, will you want the temperature in your house 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 adapt to your needs.

For some homeowners, being able to arrange a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is enough. 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 every weekday.

Flexibility isn’t the only benefit that smart thermostats provide, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can control your home’s temperature no matter where you are. 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 monitor your heating and cooling schedules based on your household’s activity throughout the day. Some models don’t even need to be programmed—you just turn them on and they will figure everything out on their own over the span of a few days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling needs are, James Heating & A/C, Inc will help you find the most appropriate thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll end up with ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Call us at 336-853-6070 to find out more, or book an appointment with us online.

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