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How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

Your thermostat is key to how much you are spending on energy costs. Just programming your thermostat for times when you’re sleeping or away can make a great impact without negatively affecting your comfort levels. Depending on the model of your thermostat, you might benefit from a lot of additional features.

At Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning, we’ve got an array of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the newest learning thermostats. How will you know what you need in your home? First, research the difference between basic programmable thermostats and advanced learning models. Either of these can help you save energy and money, but you’ll need to decide which features are most important to your home.

Most 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 might be able to record one schedule, which you may end up overriding on the days you are home. Some models will permit you to program your weekdays on one schedule and your weekends on a different one. 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? Be sure the thermostat you choose can meet 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 more flexibility, it’s probably time to buy a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat lets you completely customize a heating and cooling schedule for each individual day of the week.

Flexibility isn’t the only benefit that smart thermostats provide, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can regulate your home’s temperature no matter where you are. 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 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 within several days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling needs are, Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning will help you find the perfect thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll end up with ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Give us a call at 800-COOLING to hear more, or book an appointment with us online.

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