If you’ve been thinking about getting a programmable thermostat, or if you already have one but wish you could do more with it, here’s a bright idea: Buy a smart thermostat for the ultimate in home comfort control.
With a manual thermostat, you can change temperature settings before leaving the house or going to bed, and change them back when you’re home or awake. That’s good, for starters, in saving energy, though many of us aren’t exactly diligent in remembering to set back the thermostat.
A programmable thermostat takes it up a notch by letting your program temperatures for your daily and weekly schedules. You don’t have to worry about forgetting to change the temperature; it will do it for you.
But a smart thermostat does this and so much more.
One of the most impressive features is remote access. With your smart thermostat hooked up to your wireless network at home, you can connect remotely from anywhere – across town or across the world. Take a look at some of what you can do remotely, through a computer or a mobile app:
- Adjust programming. Remote access makes it possible for you to change programming when your schedule changes; you can save money on cooling or heating if you tell your system you’ll be a couple of hours late. If you’re going to be early, you can ensure your house will be comfortable by the time you get there.
- Change settings.
- Monitor your system’s performance.
- Get alerts when it’s time to change filters or schedule system maintenance.
- Receive warnings if there’s a problem with your system, such as freezing, overheating or equipment malfunction.
A smart thermostat has a touch-screen interface that puts an extensive amount of information and settings at your fingertips. You can set up multiple schedules, override settings, monitor your system, get on-screen alerts and warnings, and access a help menu, among other features. You can even get current weather information and forecasts for your area.
A professional HVAC contractor can install a smart programmable thermostat in the best location and test the unit, set it up and guide you in using it. Smart technology may cost a little more, but it can pay for itself in the savings you get on your energy bill.
We’ll be glad to provide you with more information on smart thermostats and other home comfort topics. Just contact us at Comfort Systems. We’ve been serving the Wichita area since 1996, and we can meet all your comfort needs with one-stop service.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about thermostats and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.