Various smart thermostats are available in the market, but they aren’t all the same. You need to know the best features to look out for and how they can benefit you.
Smart thermostats have a lot of features, but the following are some that many people find useful.
Some smart thermostats have sensors that enable the HVAC to effect automatic changes or adjustments. Here are some of the typical sensors smart thermostats have:
- Motion sensors – Detect when someone is in a room and automatically adjusts the temperature
- Heat sensors – Detect when a heat source, such as the oven, comes on and adjusts the temperature
- Proximity sensors – Detect when someone approaches the house and switches on the HVAC
The above is not an exhaustive list of sensors that smart thermostats have. Talk to your HVAC technician for further information on what is currently available.
The geofencing feature, in conjunction with your smartphone, allows your HVAC to detect when you enter or leave a geographical distance from your home. The HVAC then comes on or off when you approach or leave the designated distance. For example, you can set your thermostat to switch on when you are within seven miles of your home and switch off when you leave that area.
Smart thermostats with learning capabilities record and store your cooling and heating data. The thermostat then uses the information to preempt your preferences and adjust itself automatically. For example, the thermostat can record when you usually leave home, get home, turn up the heat, or switch off the HVAC so that it can make the adjustments without your input.
One of the best features of smart thermostats is their remote control capability. Such thermostats connect to the internet so that you can control them from smartphones computers with internet connections, which means you can control your HVAC from anywhere with an internet connection. For example, you can turn off the HVAC remotely if you forget to do so before you leave for work.
The ability to program thermostat settings days or weeks in advance is a basic feature for smart thermostats. You can program the thermostat to maintain a certain temperature for this week and a different temperature for next week. You can even set a vacation program that only comes into play when you leave for vacation.
The above features are not mere gimmicks; they have multiple benefits. Here are some of the top benefits of smart thermostats.
Heating and cooling needs considerable energy, so anything that helps you minimize this energy consumption is great for your overall energy efficiency. A smart thermostat helps because it allows you to:
- Switch your HVAC on and off remotely so you don’t waste energy when you are not in the house.
- Program your thermostat so that it doesn’t waste energy with higher temperatures than you need.
- Preheat or pre-cool your house so that you don’t need to turn the thermostat too high or low to reach the desired temperature fast.
Make use of all the smart features of your thermostat to enjoy maximum energy efficiency.
Comfort and Convenience
A smart thermostat also allows you to enjoy comfortable temperatures at all times. For example, you can heat or cool your home before you get home so that all your rooms are at the right temperature by the time you go home.
Service 1 Plumbing, Heating & AC, Inc., has the skills and experience to help you benefit from smart thermostat installation. Whether you want to install a new smart thermostat or replace your old one, we can help you choose a smart model suitable for your home. Contact us today.