How is a “Smart” Thermostat Beneficial?
Thermostats control the internal temperature of your home and are essential to provide energy efficient heating and cooling. New advances in technology have now produced “Smart” thermostats which automatically monitor and can control home temperature to within 0.5 degrees based on your energy usage patterns and needs. There are 2 basic types of “Smart” thermostats which include those which can “learn” and those which are programmable.
What is a “Smart” thermostat?
A “Smart” thermostat is a programmable thermostat which is connected to the internet over your WiFi network. This allows you to use your smartphone, tablet or computer for remote access for control of your home heating and air condition systems.“Smart” thermostats show energy consumption in real time and can adjust themselves based on multiple factors such as your home’s internal humidity. They can analyze your ideal home temperatures and can then automatically adjust heating and cooling systems appropriately.
“Smart” thermostats are self-monitoring and can even send an email to you and your HVAC contractor if your systems need service. Most “Smart” thermostats have a full color LCD touchscreen with multiple programming options. Some units even provide 5- day weather forecasts and allow for customized programming for a day or for an entire week.
What is a “Learning” Smart thermostat?
“Learning” Smart thermostats learn from your behavior, do not need to be programmed and adjust your home’s temperature accordingly usually after a week of normal use.
“Learning” Smart thermostats use various home sensors such as motion detectors and your smartphone’s GPS system to determine when you leave home and when you return to reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills.
When you or your family members are scheduled to arrive home at a different time, you can use your Smartphone to adjust your home’s temperature.
“Learning” Smart thermostats often also come with options that can allow you to set different temperatures in different rooms at different times of the day or night.
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