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. Simply programming your thermostat for stretches when you’re sleeping or away can make a large 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 MPC Heating & Cooling, we’ve got several programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the state-of-the-art learning thermostats. How do 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 decide which features are most important to your home comfort.

Most programmable thermostats will allow you to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re routinely there and gone. Depending on the model you select, you may be able to enter one schedule, which you may end up overriding on weekends or other days you’re home. Some models will allow 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 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? Confirm that the thermostat you choose can accommodate your needs.

For some people, being able to establish a regular schedule (or two) and override it when needed is enough. But if you want added flexibility, it’s probably time to consider a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat allows you to completely customize a heating and cooling schedule for every weekday.

Not only are smart thermostats more flexible, but they’re also Wi-Fi enabled so you can manage your home’s temperature no matter where you are. Some selections 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 monitor 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 let them figure everything out on their own after a short amount of time.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling needs are, MPC Heating & Cooling 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 308-832-4321 to learn more, or schedule an appointment with us online.

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