How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

December 04, 2018

Your thermostat is a big part of how much you are spending on energy costs. Simply programming your thermostat for times when you’re sleeping or away can make a big impact without having a negative affect on your comfort levels. Depending on the model of your thermostat, you might benefit from a lot of additional features.

At ACS Heating and Air Conditioning, we’ve got several programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the most modern learning thermostats. How will you know what you need in your home? First, take the time to understand 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.

All programmable thermostats will let you schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re typically there and away. Depending on the model you select, you may be able to record one schedule, which you may end up overriding on days you are actually home. Some models will allow 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 during each day you can set up. 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 select can meet your needs.

For some individuals, being able to set a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is all they need. But if you want more flexibility, it’s probably time to look into a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat lets you completely customize a heating and cooling schedule for each individual day of the week.

Not only are smart thermostats more flexible, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can control your home’s temperature regardless of 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 give them time to figure everything out on their own over the span of a few days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling wants are, ACS Heating and Air Conditioning 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. Contact us at 770-450-1539 to find out more, or book an appointment with us online.