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How Learning Thermostats are Different from Programmable Thermostats

Your thermostat is a huge factor in how much you’re paying on your utility bills. Simply programming your thermostat for times when you’re sleeping or gone can make a big impact without harming your comfort levels. Depending on the type of programmable thermostat you purchase, you may be able to do even more.

At Northern Comfort Inc, we’ve got several programmable thermostats to meet your needs—from the most simple models to the newest learning thermostats. How do you know what you need in your home? First, learn the difference between basic programmable thermostats and advanced learning models. Each of these options can help you save energy and money, but you’ll want to determine which features are most important to your home.

Most programmable thermostats will allow you to schedule your days to control temperatures when you’re routinely there and away. Depending on the model you pick, you could 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 review the number of periods you can select each 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? Confirm that the thermostat you choose can adapt to your needs.

For some people, 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 will let you completely customize a heating and cooling schedule for every day of the week.

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 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 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 within several days.

So, no matter what your heating and cooling needs are, Northern Comfort Inc will help you find the perfect thermostat for your home and budget. You’ll end up with ultimate home comfort with potential energy savings. Give us a call at 507-387-6596 to find out more, or arrange an appointment with us online.

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