If you’re a homeowner, installing a smart thermostat is a great way to manage both your home comfort and energy usage. Instead of having a basic or programmable thermostat — where you only have the option to set it to a regular schedule — a smart thermostat will learn how you live and help to reduce your bills. Here are a few key reasons to install a smart thermostat in your home:
Smart Thermostats Learn Your Routine
After you’ve installed your smart thermostat, it will begin to learn your routine. Over a period of two to three weeks, you will need to monitor the temperature inside your home and adjust the thermostat to your liking.
Your smart thermostat has a built-in sensor which senses when someone walks past it. Walking past your thermostat will help to inform it that someone is present in the home, and it will let it know that the temperature should remain at the level you’ve selected. If you have a larger home, you may wish to install additional room sensors to better inform your smart thermostat of your lifestyle and routine.
Once you’ve gone to bed for the night, your thermostat will stop sensing movement, and the temperature will drop according to your preference. Then, when you rise in the morning, you can raise the temperature to your liking. After a couple of weeks of tweaking the settings, your thermostat will have learned your routine. At this point, it will make the best use of your furnace in order to keep your heating preferences consistent and reduce usage in order to lower your energy consumption.
Manage Your Smart Thermostat On Your Smartphone
Your smart thermostat will come with instructions to install its corresponding app onto your smartphone. This is a great feature which allows you to operate your thermostat, check in on its status, and view monthly reporting related to your energy usage.
You can remotely adjust the temperature via your smartphone, turn your furnace on or off, view data related to your daily or monthly energy use patterns, and even receive reminders about changing your furnace filters.
In addition, your smart thermostat will work with your smartphone and learn when you are home and when you are away using what is called geofencing.
Smart Thermostats Offer Geofencing
What is geofencing?
Geofencing is a virtual perimeter that is created between your smart thermostat and your smartphone.
This geofence will inform your smart thermostat when you are home and when you are away. When you are beyond a specific distance from your home, your smart thermostat will go into ‘away’ mode and reduce the temperature in your home until you enter the perimeter once again.
When you leave for work, a trip, or to run a few errands, this smart feature will click on and help to reduce your energy consumption and lower your energy bills.
For questions related to smart thermostats, high-efficiency furnaces, and more, contact the team at Therm-All.