What is a Smart Thermostat? A smart thermostat is a thermostat that can be controlled remotely with a phone, smart speaker, tablet or other internet-connected device. They allow you to set the temperature of your house according to your needs verbally using a smart speaker or from work or while on vacation using your phone or tablet. Some can diagnose when there is a problem with your HVAC system, or monitor your energy consumption.
What are the Benefits of having a Smart Thermostat?
1. Saves Energy – Smart thermostats save energy by minimizing human error. You don’t have to remember to set the thermostat to save energy while you are at work and then reset it when you get home. You just schedule the Smart thermostat to the time and temperature and it does the work, consistently, saving you on heating or cooling bills.
2. Convenient – You can adjust the temperature from anywhere. If you come home early, you can change the temperature before you get there. If you are still in bed and want it a bit warmer or cooler, you can bump up or down the temperature without leaving the pillow.
3. Keeps an eye on your home – You can check to see if the heat is running and what the temperature of your home (or your second home) is. Some models will even send you emails when your home’s temperature deviates from the pre-set range or if your thermostat is disconnected from the network, like in a storm power outage.
4. Track energy usage – Some models will analyze your energy usage. You can compare what your heating or a/c usage was from month to month or even compare with what others used.
5. Vacation mode – It is easy to set your Smart thermostat to vacation mode without messing up your regular settings. You can monitor your home’s temperature, or just forget about it until your vacation is over. Then remotely take it off Vacation mode and your home will be comfortable by the time you arrive.
Should I have a professional install my Smart Thermostat? Yes, it would be best to have a professional install your Smart Thermostat. Most homes with modern heating and cooling systems can upgrade to a Smart Thermostat. However, since there are so many different types of HVAC systems, it would be best to have a professional who can confirm your system’s compatibility with a Smart Thermostat. Depending on your wiring, you may need an adaptor kit. Your HVAC professional would know which Smart Thermostats would work best with your system.