Smart thermostats are a new and innovative type of appliance that allow you to link the operation of your HVAC system to your phone, and provide a variety of other features that traditional analog or digital thermostats do not. The increased connectivity of smart thermostats gives them a set of distinctive advantages and features. Being aware of the different benefits associated with installing a smart thermostat, and what that means for your HVAC system in general, can help you decide if installing a smart thermostat is the right choice for you.
One of the largest advantages associated with choosing to have a smart thermostat installed in your home is that it allows you to control the temperature of your home from wherever you are using an application on your smart phone or a webpage on the internet. This means that you can adjust the furnace if you are watching television without getting up, or that you can shut off the air conditioner from the office if you've forgotten to do so before you left in the morning.
Scheduling and Tracking Use
Another significant advantage of choosing to use a smart thermostat over their traditional analog counterparts is that smart thermostats allow you to set a consistent schedule. This means that you can program your HVAC system to turn on or off at specific times throughout the day, allowing you to reduce the use of your appliances during times when they are not needed, such as while you sleep or while you are at work. This keeps your comfort levels the same throughout the year while reducing your utility bills. Further, smart thermostats will keep track of your unit's usage, allowing you to adjust the settings and scheduling of your furnace and air conditioner as needed in order to adjust as necessary to further cut your energy bills each month.
Reminders and Integration
The final thing to note about smart thermostats is that they can be programmed to integrate with other smart systems in your home, and can provide important reminders on maintenance requirements – like when to replace your filter or clean out your ductwork – that you would otherwise have to manually track yourself. In terms of integration, you can link your smart thermostat to sensors placed on your windows and doors, so that your system will not continue to operate in the event that air is able to leak out of your home, reducing waste and lost energy costs.