The Nuts and Bolts of Owning and Using a Smart Thermostat

Programmable thermostats allow you to create a general schedule that aligns with when you expect to be at home or away. Despite the automation they offer, they’re not considered to be smart. By now, you’re probably wondering what it takes for thermostats to be smart? Let’s learn the ins and outs of how smart thermostats work.

What’s a Smart Thermostat?

A smart thermostat, just like a programmable one, allows you to program your desired settings. However, it also connects to your home’s Wi-Fi and lets you change the settings remotely with an internet-connected device — with help from the companion app.

It asks you several questions, such as the type of HVAC system your home uses, your fuel source, and so on. You’ll also need to set the basic maximum and minimum preferred temperatures and the kind of alerts you’d like to receive. From then on, you’ll be able to control the thermostat remotely.

Installation Requirements

Given the variety of HVAC setups available, it’s best to confirm your heating and cooling system’s compatibility before buying a smart thermostat. Some smart thermostats don’t require a C wire (common wire) to work. Others need a C wire in your current wiring setup to enable their smart functionality. If you lack a C wire, you can buy a smart thermostat that comes with an adapter kit.

How Smart Thermostats Save Money

Smart thermostats help you be more energy efficient by only cooling or heating your house as much as needed. They achieve that using features like:

  • Scheduling
  • Algorithmic-based learning of your routine
  • Geofencing

The room sensors that some models come with also help you heat and cool certain areas of your home more accurately, further lowering energy consumption.

As you can see, smart thermostats have a lot to offer with regard to features, convenience, and efficiency. If you have any questions about them, get in touch with NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We have the experience to help homeowners in Palm Beach, Indian River, and Martin counties repair and replace different makes and models of home climate-control appliances, including thermostats, filters, and AC systems.

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