From appliances to televisions to cars and more, it seems like just about everything has the capability to connect to Wifi. Although these capabilities have varying degrees of usefulness, one smart device that benefits nearly every home is a Wifi-connected, smart thermostat. Controlling home heating and cooling is something everyone has to deal with, and especially now with the changing of the seasons, constantly adjusting the thermostat up or down or switching from heating to cooling modes as the temperature fluctuates can be a hassle. Smart thermostats can solve this problem — and they offer many additional benefits as well.
Why You Should Invest in a Smart Thermostat
1. Automatically Adjust Heating and Cooling
Many of the new smart thermostats are equipped with Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology that allows the device to learn your family’s unique patterns and preferences and automatically adjust the heating and cooling system as needed. It doesn’t take long for a smart thermostat to learn when you turn the temperature up or down, and program itself to make those changes for you. Some even have movement sensors that can detect when your home is occupied, and automatically adjust the temperature. Over time, this can save money, as the thermostat will ensure that the system is turned down or even off when it’s not needed.
Advanced smart thermostats can also monitor local weather conditions and adjust the functionality of your HVAC system based upon certain criteria. For example, when the pollen count crosses certain thresholds, the thermostat can run the blower system periodically to filter out increased levels of pollen within the home.
2. Create Schedules that Benefit Your Family
Even if your smart thermostat doesn’t automatically learn your habits, it offers the ability for you to easily create heating and cooling schedules based on your family’s lifestyle. For example, you can program the device to turn the heat down after everyone leaves for work or school, and turn it back up to warm up the house before they return.
A similar routine can be added for the nighttime sleeping schedule. Numerous studies indicate that cooler temperatures improve the quality of sleep. A cooler bedroom can speed up our body’s natural temperature drop while sleeping, resulting in a natural increase in melatonin, which is a hormone produced by our bodies that induces sleep. The result is sounder sleep.
The scheduling capabilities of smart thermostats helps make your home more comfortable and keeps your HVAC system working efficiently, thereby reducing your energy usage and saving you money.
3. Remote Control
Wifi-connected smart thermostats present an entirely new level of control over your home’s heating and cooling … from anywhere in the world … by using a companion app on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. This feature allows you to make thermostat changes from work or while on vacation, but also from shorter distances — there’s no need to get out of bed to turn up the heat on a cold night, for example. That will save a marital argument or two! (ha!)
The apps also permit you to create or modify your thermostat’s schedule any time you want. This makes fine-tuning your schedule quick and easy to accommodate permanent or temporary changes in your family’s schedule. Some even have “Away” modes, for those times that the home is unoccupied while your family goes on vacation.
Some smart thermostats can also be integrated with your preferred digital assistant, such as Alexa, Google Assistant and others. This permits you to control your heating and cooling system using just your voice!
If you are thinking about installing a smart thermostat to help control heating and cooling in your home, reach out to the team here at Jon’s Plumbing & Heating in Mount Vernon. We can help you explore your options for keeping your home as comfortable as possible year-round. In addition to thermostats, we also provide maintenance, repairs, and new installations of HVAC systems and equipment. To discuss your needs, call (740) 392-5667.