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What are the Advantages of a “Smart” Thermostat?

A smart thermostat can save you big money by operating more efficiently.
A smart thermostat can save you big money by operating more efficiently.

The internal temperature of your home is controlled by a thermostat, which is vital for providing energy efficient heating and cooling. With the new advances in technology, thermostats are now being produced which can monitor and control indoor temperature automatically, according to your energy usage patterns. “Smart” thermostats are available in two basic types, those that can learn and those that are programmable.

What is a “Smart” Thermostat?

“Smart” thermostats are connected through your Wi-Fi network to the internet. You are then able to use your smartphone, tablet or computer to control your home heating and air conditioning systems remotely.  Energy consumption is shown in real time by smart thermostats, which are able to adjust themselves based on several factors including the indoor humidity in your home. By analyzing your ideal home temperatures, they then automatically adjust the heating and cooling systems accordingly.

Smart thermostats are self-monitoring and can alert you and your HVAC contractor by email if your system needs a service. Most of them come equipped with a full color LCD touchscreen and a range of programming options. Customized programming for a day or an entire week is even possible on some units.

What is a Smart Thermostat that can learn?

“Learning” Smart thermostats do not need to be programmed as they learn from your behavior and, after a week of normal use, are able to adjust your home’s temperature accordingly.

Various home sensors are used by “Learning” Smart thermostats, such as your smartphone’s GPS system and motion detectors in your home to determine when you are away from home and when you return. The “Learning” Smart thermostat uses this information to reduce energy consumption, which means lower utility bills.

You can even use your smartphone to adjust your home’s temperature when you, or your family, expect to arrive home at a different time.

Ready to explore the new world of smart thermostats? Kings Heating and Air Conditioning can help you upgrade to a smarter, more efficient HVAC system for your Lynnwood area home. Call us today at Kings Heating and Air Conditioning for a consultation to get started.