Thinking about installing smart thermostats in your home, but not quite sold yet? Let us tell you why you need these in your home!
Smart thermostats give you energy savings without the learning curve and make sure you’re comfortable.
The technology embedded in smart thermostats now gives you control of your home’s HVAC system from anywhere you can get a signal. Besides energy savings, you have complete control over your home’s comfort system. By choosing the right thermostat and apps, you will also have detailed insight into your system’s performance. How convenient is that?!
Unlike the learning curve associated with programmable thermostats, smart devices teach themselves. Once placed, the thermostat takes a few days to learn your thermal preferences and occupancy patterns.
The data you access will show you when your HVAC system runs the most. If those time periods occur when your home isn’t occupied, you can easily change the indoor temperature wherever you are to save energy and money. Reducing the amount of work your HVAC system does also reduces the wear and tear, which lowers the cost of repairs and increases its lifetime. #winning
Integration with Smart Home Systems
Some smart thermostats are compatible with devices like Amazon’s Echo. You can ask Alexa to change the temperature from anywhere in your home, whether it’s in the kitchen as you cook, or from the bedroom on a cold night.
Thermostats that work with smart home hubs can coordinate opening your garage door or exterior doors and changing the temperatures at the same time. This feature works especially well in a well-insulated home since they take less time to heat or cool.
I know… it’s pretty awesome.
Many models of smart thermostats offer remote sensors you can place in all your rooms, which will help regulate the temperature throughout your house.
When you put a remote sensor in a room and it’s uncomfortable to you, you can set the thermostat to cool or heat the air to the temperature you want. Unless you have a zoned HVAC system in your home, this ability is likely to raise your energy costs, but it will increase your comfort and give you control over the thermal conditions in that particular room.
Learning Curves with Smart Thermostats
Smart devices learn your habits within a few days time, which eliminates the need to program them based on home occupancy patterns. The Nest, for example, uses a sensor that detects when your home is occupied and when it’s empty. It uses this to establish the temperature setbacks that save energy.
Sensors on smart thermostats have simplified programming. They can tell when your home is empty, and set the temperature back automatically. Should someone come home unexpectedly, the sensor will turn the system back on.
Newer systems generally have greater cross-compatibility than older units.
Thermostat wiring is normally the limiting factor with regard to compatibility. An expert from TemperaturePro will help you discover which thermostats will work.
Some manufacturers offer their own smart thermostats, and the advantages to these lie in their ability to report to you how the system is operating. You’ll receive alerts about when it needs professional maintenance, if a component isn’t functioning at full capacity, or even when to change the air filter.
Heat Pumps are Special
During the summer, heat pumps work just like air conditioners, but that all changes in the winter when they switch to heat.
Electricity alone is the least efficient way to provide home heat, and the cost of heating your home can increase.
When you choose a smart thermostat, be sure that it has the capacity to override the emergency heat setting. The technical term is an intelligent or adaptive recovery thermostat. You may also see the term “balance point” used with compatible smart thermostats. Your TemperaturePro technician will know the best brands and types of thermostats to use with a heat pump to maximize savings in the heating mode.
The technicians from TemperaturePro can help you select the most suitable for your HVAC system, lifestyle, and your energy saving goals. You know you need one in your home now… give us a call!