HOW A SMART THERMOSTAT GIVES YOU PEACE OF MIND
Heating and cooling takes up a considerable portion of your monthly heating and cooling energy usage. Your HVAC system is also responsible for keeping you comfortable year round; without it, your Chicagoland home would be unbearable in summer and in winter. So it makes sense that you’d want to monitor your HVAC system to ensure it’s running efficiently and that no major problems are happening with it. That’s where a smart thermostat comes in. With a smart thermostat, you get system monitoring, energy reports, and more on top of temperature control and scheduling.
Set it and Forget it
Smart thermostats operate on your schedule. You can program them by day or by week, and give them special vacation programming as well. You can set them for your own specific comfort, or you can use the typical rules of thumb for good energy efficiency (like 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer.) Once you’ve set the thermostat’s schedule, you don’t have to do anything because the smart thermostat does all the work for you. When your schedule changes, that’s easy. Just change the thermostat and forget it again.
With a smart thermostat the system is intuitive; once you’ve set the thermostat, it makes small adjustments on its own to keep your house comfortable but also to maximize efficiency. It monitors things like the humidity in your home and automatically adjusts the way the system is running to get humidity levels within the ideal range.
Let the Thermostat Monitor the System
Some people don’t understand the difference between “smart” thermostat and “programmable” thermostat. After all, programmable thermostats run on a schedule, so how is a smart system any different? Programmable thermostats are great for setting a heating and cooling schedule. Smart thermostats take it far beyond simply adapting to your schedule, however.
Smart thermostats monitor the HVAC system and its energy-efficiency. They can read the weather outside and check the forecast to adjust the heating and cooling in the house. They also learn your lifestyle and start adjusting on their own to incrementally increase comfort and efficiency without you having to think about it. Plus, they give you notifications about air filters needing to be changed and about when it’s time for system maintenance.
Smart thermostats automatically switch between heating and cooling, and if you have a hybrid system (say a heat pump and a backup furnace) the smart thermostat knows when to use each component without you having to manually switch from one kind of heating to the other. Even if temperatures change while you’re away from the house, the smart thermostat knows how to react.
A standard feature with many smart thermostats, including those in Bryant’s lineup, is the ability users have to access it via their smartphones, as long as those phones are connected to wi-fi. Typically, it works with an app that you download onto your phone, which you then use to connect with the smart thermostat in your home. Once you’ve done that, you can use your phone to control the thermostat whether you’re curled up in the bedroom or on vacation several thousand miles away.
Smart thermostats are already great for when you go on vacation because you can set them to heat or cool much more efficiently while you’re gone. But if you’re the kind of person who likes to be able to monitor the house from anywhere, a smart thermostat with a wi-fi smartphone connection is perfect for you. You can check up on what the thermostat is doing, where it’s set, and even see what’s happening with the system’s efficiency from the app.
Article via Black Diamond Today