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What does it mean to have a smart thermostat

Smart home items can be equally exciting and intimidating to homeowners. Overall, the purpose of smart home technologies is to expand the functionality of standard home items to make a homeowner’s lives easier by providing two things — increased precision and control. One of the best examples of these smart technologies, and perhaps the most easily accessible, is the smart thermostat. While a standard thermostat can absolutely get the job done for most homes, a smart thermostat takes what works and adds on, providing a piece of tech that will save time, money, and peace of mind.

Controlled Comfort

Smart thermostats work by connecting to Wi-Fi, allowing the device to be adjusted and controlled through a smartphone or computer, usually through an associated app. This allows the thermostat to be set to exact temperatures from anywhere within the range of the Wi-Fi connection. Additionally, smart thermostats are able to allow for scheduled temperature changes, allowing a homeowner to adjust the thermostat only to run while they are home, then turn-off and conserve energy — and save money — while they’re out and about. 

Many of the smart thermostat apps provide even deeper levels of integration, with detailed reports on energy consumption, heating and cooling habits, and suggestions on how to moderate the temperature using the smart thermostat to maximize energy bill savings. With all this information and the digital connection, homeowners are able to achieve a much greater level of precision over a standard thermostat.

So Smart it Learns

Some smart thermostats are capable of going truly above and beyond. Not only will they provide homeowners with comprehensive heating and cooling statistics, the thermostat itself is also able to learn the temperature adjustment habits of the home. This way, for example, should a homeowner forget to program a temperature shift one day out of the week, the thermostat would know to adjust the temperature itself, based on past schedules and adjustments. 

Should homeowners choose to go even further and install a zoned A/C system, a smart thermostat can act as the operational “brain” for the system. With learned habits and patterns, and correctly set-up zones, a smart thermostat could know to lower the temperature in a specific bedroom while residents are asleep, and shut off cooling for the rest of the home to conserve energy. Then, it would know to automatically readjust before morning to ensure that the home is at the exact temperature specified to ensure homeowners awake in complete comfort. 

A lot of this technology can seem overwhelming, but surprisingly, many smart home thermostats are simple enough that they can be set up straight out of the box. That said if you’re thinking about a smart thermostat and you still have questions, or you’ve already purchased one and are having difficulty getting it installed and programmed correctly, reach out to Duane Blanton Family Home Services. The licensed and trained technicians are Duane Blanton Family Home Services are fully capable of answering any HVAC questions you may have about your home and can work with you to ensure that your smart home system is setup correctly. Give the experts at Duane Blanton Family Home Services a call today, at (815) 781-2567, or consider scheduling online from your laptop.


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