Many homeowners have a digital thermostat, although some may still have a manual thermostat that uses sliders and dials to change the temperature. But more and more homeowners are installing smart thermostats that they can control remotely and which handle many functions on their own.
You may think that your standard thermostat is good enough to get the job done, but we recommend you consider a smart thermostat and the benefits that come with it.
When you’re ready to schedule service for thermostats in Eden Prairie, MN, we can help see you get the right smart thermostat for your needs. In the meantime, you can learn more about the multiple benefits of using a smart thermostat with your HVAC system.
What Is a Smart Thermostat?
You’ve heard of smartphones and smart TVs. You probably already have at least one of those products in your home. So why not a “smart” thermostat? A smart thermostat works the same as a standard digital thermostat by monitoring indoor air temperatures and turning your HVAC on and off based on your cooling settings. But a smart thermostat goes beyond that.
- It learns your heating and cooling patterns – An example is if you always turn the temperature down a few degrees in the evening before you go to bed. After a few weeks, your smart thermostat will automatically begin doing this for you.
- It adapts to your needs – You can control a smart thermostat from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. If you need to adjust settings because you’ll arrive home early or are going on vacation, you can program the thermostat to meet those needs ahead of time.
- It increases energy efficiency – Your smart thermostat can help you improve your home’s energy efficiency by offering suggestions to decrease energy use. You can take the suggestions, leave them, or meet somewhere in the middle. If saving money on your monthly energy bill interests you, a smart thermostat will help because it will take some of the load off of your HVAC system.
- It offers precision – This is especially important if you have one of the older knob-and-slider thermostats. You may think you’re choosing a precise temperature, but you’re often a couple of degrees off. That small difference can cost you a lot on your energy bills over time. A smart thermostat helps you choose precise temperatures all of the time.
These are just the basics. Like everything else, there are a variety of smart thermostats to choose from. Some offer the capabilities listed above, and some offer even more. It just depends on what your personal needs are.
One of our technicians can talk to you about your heating and cooling preferences to help you pick a smart thermostat that works for you and your family. Then, we can help you program it from start to finish and walk you through each of the capabilities so you understand exactly how it works. After all, you want to get the most out of your investment.