How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

December 04, 2018

Your thermostat is key to how much your energy bills are every month. Merely programming your thermostat for periods when you’re sleeping or away can make a big impact without harming your comfort levels. Depending on which thermostat you select, you may be able to do even more.

At Gordon Air Conditioning, we’ve got an array of programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most basic models to the most modern learning thermostats. How will you know what will work best for you? 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 allow you to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re typically there and gone. Depending on the model you choose, you might 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 review the number of periods you can select each day. 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? Be sure the thermostat you select can meet your needs.

For some homeowners, being able to set a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is enough. But if you want additional flexibility, it’s probably time to look into a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat lets you 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 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 household’s activity throughout the day. 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, Gordon Air Conditioning will help you find the perfect thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll experience ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Contact us at 850-250-0335 to find out more, or arrange an appointment with us online.