If you’ve heard about smart thermostats, you may be wondering just how using a smart thermostat can benefit you. The term “smart” is a bit of a buzzword these days and is used for everything from smart phones to smart TVs. Just what is meant by smart when it comes to a thermostat can be a bit tricky to understand. The following will lay out exactly what a smart thermostat really is and the advantages you can enjoy by installing one in your home.
How Does a Smart Thermostat Work?
Before the introduction of the smart thermostat, most homes used either old-fashioned manual thermostats or programmable ones. With manual thermostats, you would adjust the temperature by hand whenever the room felt uncomfortable. With a programmable thermostat, you can preset the temperature based on what time of the day it is. But with a smart thermostat you get a wider range of functions. The smart thermostat lets you follow how much energy you’ve been using, learns your preferences from your actions and can adjust itself to local conditions like high humidity. More advanced versions will take into account daylight savings time and other factors. More sophisticated models will even automatically reset themselves if the power goes out or the batteries fail.
Many of the newer smart thermostats require only installation and very little programming. Some come with auto scheduling features to lower the temperature in the home when you’re away and to keep it cozy and warm when the home is occupied. These units can sense changes in the home and adjust accordingly. For instance, the humidity in the room can be taken into account so that 72° on the thermostat will actually feel like 72° in the room.
Benefits of Smart Thermostats
There are a number of substantial benefits to using a smart thermostat. One of the most important is the significant savings you can realize on your energy bills. Using this technology in your home also means that you’re doing your part to help conserve our nation’s natural resources and reduce carbon emissions.
A Few Other Benefits:
• You enjoy remote control, which means that if you have to leave your home for a time, you can use your smart phone or tablet to adjust or turn off the heat from any location.
• You get real time energy usage displays.
• You can preheat your home remotely so it’s at the ideal temperature when you return from work.
• When you have to do a lot of cooking for the holidays, a smart thermostat takes all the extra heat being produced by your oven into account.
• Some newer models can be installed by the homeowner.
• Smart thermostats can even send you alerts to let you know when something has gone wrong with the system, such as a filter problem or low fuel.
Smart thermostats are becoming ever more popular as homeowners come to recognize their benefits and versatility. If you have any further questions about this or any other heating and cooling topic, please feel free to contact us. Our experienced and professional staff will be happy to help you.