Understanding Your Smart Thermostat Better Saves Money

If you have an HVAC system at home, then you have a thermostat. A thermostat controls the temperature indoors by using the HVAC system to deliver heating or cooling. There are different types of thermostats available, including manual thermostats, programmable thermostats and smart thermostats.

As you can imagine, smart thermostats have the most functionality. Many of today’s smart thermostats, offer more features than ever. With advanced programming and Wi-Fi connectivity, the thermostat can interact with other smart devices to help optimize your heating and cooling. You can save more on your monthly utility bills when you better understand these features. Simons Heating & Cooling is here to help you make the right thermostat decision for you.

Tips Before You Buy a Smart Thermostat

We suggest that you should consider the following tips when buying a smart thermostat:

  • Compatibility: Make sure the thermostat is compatible with your current HVAC system, as older equipment may not be able to use all the features a smart thermostat offers.
  • Energy efficiency: Look for a thermostat with energy-saving features, such as the ability to learn your schedule and adjust the temperature accordingly. Many smart models can even target heating and cooling during the lowest energy prices.
  • Remote control: Consider a thermostat that can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app, allowing you to adjust the temperature even when you’re not at home.
  • Voice and smart device control: Most models of smart thermostats can be controlled remotely with your phone or tablet. And if you have a smart home assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Home, certain models can be controlled by voice commands.

Making the Most of Your Smart Thermostat

Programming a smart thermostat can vary depending on the specific model and features, but in general, the following steps can be used as a guide:

  1. Set your schedule: Most smart thermostats allow you to set a schedule for different times of the day, such as when you’re home, at work or asleep. This allows you to adjust the temperature to whatever’s comfortable and energy efficient throughout the day.
  2. Utilize the thermostat’s learning features: Many smart thermostats can learn your preferences and adjust the temperature based on usage patterns. This means the thermostat learns when and how often you like certain temperatures, and can make those changes without manual input.
  3. Don’t forget the thermostat’s energy efficiency options: Smart models include many energy-saving features such as geofencing, which automatically adjusts the temperature when you leave or return home, or vacation mode for adjusting the temperature while you’re away.
  4. Remotely access your thermostat from anywhere: If your thermostat has remote access, you can control it from anywhere with your smartphone or other device. This is a great way to adjust the temperature if you forgot to do so before leaving for work or a longer trip.
  5. Communicate with other smart devices: When your smart thermostat communicates with other devices like air quality products, sensors and more, it can bolster its effectiveness.

Some Efficient Temperatures to Try at Home

The ideal temperature for your home varies on the season and your personal preferences. During the winter, it is generally recommended to keep your thermostat set to around 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit. During the high of summer, adjusting your thermostat to 78 degrees helps keep you cool without spiking energy costs. However, ultimately you will know what temperatures are most comfortable for you.

Set Yourself (and Your Thermostat) Up for Success

The thermostat you select will help you secure the greater energy efficiency and savings you deserve. Need to learn more about making the most of your smart thermostat’s features? Call Simons Heating & Cooling at (518) 839-2602 today.