Do I Need a Smart Thermostat?

Smart things are everywhere. It seems you can have a smart version of almost everything from lights to doorbells. Then you hear about a smart thermostat but what is it and do you need one?

What is a Smart Thermostat?

Most houses have a thermostat somewhere. A thermostat is set to a temperature, then turns off the heating if it is warmer than that specified temperature. They are normally set to your lowest comfortable setting. That doesn’t seem very complicated so why would you need it to be smart?

A smart thermostat has sensors and a WiFi connection so you can change the settings remotely just by using your phone, but some varieties even learn your habits. A smart thermostat gives you control over your heating and you don’t even need to be in the house!

Using a Smart Thermostat

Whichever country you live in, we spend so much money heating or cooling our houses. This is an area of the family finances where small changes can have a really big impact. Would a smart thermostat help? Although it doesn’t directly save you money on your heating, it is the change of habits where you save the money.

If you have regular heating that is scheduled to come on and go off at certain times, then you know how annoying it is if you come home either earlier or later than you expected. You have either spent money heating an empty house, or the house is cold when you come in. With a smart thermostat, you can change the time your heating comes on, remotely. So, you will always come home to a warm house and won’t spend money heating a cold one.

If an unexpected cold spell occurs when you are away from home for any length of time, just crank up the heating remotely to protect yourself from frozen pipes. Having had that experience myself, that peace of mind will pay for itself! You can also monitor your heating and usage remotely.

If you are on your way to the airport and remember you have left the heating on, don’t worry as you can turn it off remotely. Yes, that was me too.

Monitoring Costs

Probably the main reason you are thinking about getting a smart thermostat is to save money on your heating bills. Smart thermostats will show your usage and the cost. Many have energy saving tips, tell you how long it takes your house to heat up and some even send an email.

Some models use zones so you are not heating empty rooms. That feature alone is a great energy saver.

Many people, especially older people, worry that a smart thermostat is too difficult to use and they won’t easily be able to adjust their heating. These smart thermostats are much easier to use and monitor than original programmable thermostats.

How is a Smart Thermostat Installed?

If you are interested in investigating a smart thermostat, Weather Tech Heating Cooling show a flexible and efficient module allowing for zoning systems.

If you buy a smart thermostat, you can install it yourself or arrange everything through a contractor. You can often arrange an installation through your gas supplier and can sometimes save money by doing that. There are certain criteria you need to meet to make sure you check that you qualify, first.

A smart thermostat will make you more comfortable when in your home and will make you more energy efficient if you use it correctly. Don’t let it become another one of those fad things that you buy, use constantly for 2 weeks and then forget you have it.

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