Doesn’t it feel like our high-tech gadgets are getting smarter all the time? Not only that, these phones, watches and hybrid tablet/computers are becoming more ‘all-in-one’ by the minute. Take a picture, get a text, deposit a check, order breakfast, check the stock market and, of course, make a phone call – even from your wrist. (Remember Dick Tracy comics from the 1930s and on)?
The same trend is becoming realized for HVAC systems, particularly with the ‘smart’ thermostat. In fact, the advent of “smart homes” has already produced systems that use a smart device to access your home’s lights, garage doors, and more.
What is a smart thermostat?
Part of the ‘smart’ is the thermostat’s ability to be adjusted and pre-programmed via the device, which, increasingly, boasts a dedicated screen on the thermostat itself. The ability to program a smart thermostat lets users plan temperature settings around household needs and movements of residents.
These devices also present homeowners with a variety of useful features such as maintenance alerts, data on energy use, and even the ability to learn your family’s comfort needs. This, in return, may save energy (and money) through more efficient climate control.
Do I need a smart thermostat?
Not necessarily. There are many programmable thermostats on the market that are “Smart” for your energy usage but do not connect remotely to anything. We understand that some people prefer to avoid adding items that connect to their Wifi.
Benefits of a smart thermostat
A smart thermostat can learn your schedule and preferences, keeping you comfortable without the need to adjust temperatures or set schedules on your part.
Many smart thermostats can be viewed and managed remotely via WiFi, which lets you control your thermostat from your smart phone, tablet or computer.
Your smart thermostat compiles data about your energy usage for your review, so you can further fine-tune your HVAC system usage to maximize savings.
Maintenance alerts and diagnostics:
Smart thermostats can also help you stay on top of system maintenance, alerting you when it’s time to change the filter or providing diagnostics to assist in system repair.
And, perhaps most importantly, smart thermostats can alert you if something is going wrong with your system.
To learn more about HVAC technology and smart thermostats call the experts at Custom Climate Concepts at 941-955-COOL (2665).