How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

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Your thermostat is key to how much you are spending on energy costs. Just programming your thermostat for times when you’re sleeping or not at home can make a big 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 Ilten's Incorporated, we’ve got several programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most basic models to the newest learning thermostats. How do you know what is best for your space? 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 want to determine which features are most important to your home comfort.

Most programmable thermostats will give you the chance to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re routinely there and away. Depending on the model you select, you may be able to input one schedule, which you may end up overriding on weekends or other days you’re 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 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? Confirm that the thermostat you select can adapt to your needs.

For some homeowners, being able to set a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is all they need. 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 regulate 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 adapt your heating and cooling schedules based on your actual daily activity. 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 needs are, Ilten's Incorporated 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 319-363-0283 to learn more, or book an appointment with us online.

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