Is a Smart Thermostat Smart For You?

Your hear about smart technology on the news, social media and your friends probably discuss the latest ways they’ve made it easier than ever to automate their homes or businesses. “Smart” technology can be great when properly utilized but, is  smart thermostat right for you?

The Smart Side.

  1. Energy Efficiency. No one wants a high energy bill and one of the main advantages of smart thermostats is their ability to monitor your usage. These type of thermostats use sensors to learn your temperature preferences. If you’re gone during the day then your thermostat can recognize the need to increase the temperature until you return home. By managing your heating and cooling cycles, they can make sure you only use the energy when you truly need it.
  2. When You’re Away From Home. If you have a smart phone, and who doesn’t in 2023, then have control of your heating and air in your pocket. One major benefit of smart thermostats is the fact that you can control it remotely. If you’re planning on being away for longer than expected or, returning home soon, simply adjust the temperature right from your smartphone. This is also a great feature in homes with pets adding the ability to make sure Fido is comfortable, too.
  3. In The Know. Smart thermostats provide detailed energy usage reports, giving you insights into your heating and cooling patterns. These reports can help you identify areas where you can optimize energy consumption, make informed decisions, and potentially reduce your carbon footprint.

Not So Smart.

There are many benefits to a smart thermostat however, they are a few factors to consider before making your final decision.

  1. Cost. Smart thermostats, or any “smart” technology, does have a higher initial investment compared to traditional thermostats. You may notice the cost up front however, you’ll want to weigh that cost against your monthly energy savings to see a breakeven point.
  2. Will It Work With Your Unit? Before you purchase a smart thermostat, consult with your HVAC company or the manufacturer to ensure that it will work with your existing heating and air conditioning system. New thermostats may not be compatible with older units or require you to upgrade parts of your existing HVAC unit.
  3. Can It Connect? Smart thermostats use good internet connection to connect to your phone and enable other components. If you living in a home or area with weak or inconsistent internet connection you may not be able to take full advantage of the “smart” components of this type of thermostat.

Smart thermostats can be a good investment for many homes or businesses, saving you money, time and energy. However, as with any decision, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons. As always, Thornton’s Heating & Air Conditioning is here to answer any of your questions about heating and air technology, including smart thermostats. Give us a call today and we’ll gladly review your options and give you the “smart” answer.

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