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How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

Your thermostat is a big part of how much you are spending on energy costs. Merely programming your thermostat for times when you’re sleeping or not at home can make a large impact without harming your comfort levels. Depending on the model of your thermostat, you may be able to do even more.

At Ambient Air, we’ve got a selection of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most basic models to the most modern learning thermostats. How can 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 want to determine which features are most important to your home comfort.

Most programmable thermostats will let you schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re routinely there and gone. Depending on the model you pick, you might be able to input one schedule, which you may end up overriding on weekends or other days you’re home. Some models will let you program your weekdays on one schedule and your weekends on another. You’ll also want to check the number of periods you can select each 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 choose can meet your needs.

For some people, being able to set 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 allows you to 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 control 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 adjust 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 over the span of a few days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling wants are, Ambient Air 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. Contact us at 520-201-3871 to hear more, or arrange an appointment with us online.

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