A smart thermostat is a great investment if you want to make setting your home’s temperature easy and energy-efficient. If you’re considering getting a smart thermostat or if you already have one and want to use it as efficiently as possible, here are some helpful tips and facts.
- Look Into its Different Features
With various smart thermostats and brands on the market, you will most likely be looking at a variety of features in your thermostat. The key features of a smart thermostat are its wi-fi connectivity and its ability to be controlled remotely with the help of smartphone apps. However, smart thermostats have other features such as:
- Voice Activation
If you have hands-free speakers such as Amazon Echo or Google Now, you might be able to pair them with your smart thermostat. This way you can simply shout out “Set the temperature to 75 degrees” instead of doing it manually.
- Maintenance Updates
A lot of smart thermostats provide maintenance updates or reminders to ensure your HVAC unit is operating properly. These updates will help you be more mindful of maintaining your system consistently.
Smart thermostats can also be compatible with sensors. They can recognize if someone enters the house and opens the window and automatically change its settings accordingly.
According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% on heating and cooling by turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for up to 8 hours a day from its usual setting. During the summer months, turn the thermostat a few degrees higher, and during the colder months a few degrees lower. If you have a smart thermostat, you can easily experiment with energy-saving methods with its scheduling features. You can also do this with standard programmable thermostats.
If you live in a particularly humid climate, you can also control the humidity using your smart thermostat. Several thermostats offer this feature, particularly the Nest Thermostat. The humidity control feature on this smart thermostat allows you to use its “Cool to Dry” setting to ensure your indoor air is a little on the drier side.
This tip is for those who haven’t installed a smart thermostat yet. If you are considering installing it, be sure to consult a local HVAC technician you trust and ensure its compatibility with your home. It’s important to do your research and ensure this thermostat is meeting your needs. It is also important that a professional install it for you, as the installation process for smart thermostats is a little different from the installation process for older ones.
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