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How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

Your thermostat is key to how much you’re paying on your utility bills. Merely programming your thermostat for times when you’re sleeping or away 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 Stieferman Heating Company Inc, 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, learn the difference between basic programmable thermostats and advanced learning models. Both can help you save energy and money, but you’ll want to determine which features are most important to your home comfort.

The majority of programmable thermostats will let you schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re typically there and away. Depending on the model you pick, 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 another. You’ll also want to look at the number of periods you can set up during the 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? Check that the thermostat you select can accommodate your needs.

For some homeowners, being able to arrange a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is plenty. But if you want added flexibility, it’s probably time to buy a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat will let 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 from anywhere. 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 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 desires are, Stieferman Heating Company Inc will help you find the best thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll end up with ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Contact us at 573-203-3908 to learn more, or arrange an appointment with us online.

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