If you still have an old-fashioned thermostat that’s stuck on one temperature that you have to adjust manually, then you’re not living in 2018. Smart thermostats like Nest are the next big thing in home automation that’s making life more convenient for everyone, especially when they want to save on their electric bills.
After you install the smart thermostat’s app on your phone, you no longer have to nudge your partner to get up and change the temperature at night. Just open the app and make the changes you need. If you have a Google Home Mini, you can even make changes with a voice command! Think that’s cool? It’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here are some more ways a smart thermostat can be handy this summer.
One of the most convenient aspects of a smart thermostat is how you can control them from your phone. Remote control of your thermostat lets you adjust the temperature even when you’re not at home. There’s no need to worry if you forget to program your AC to a new setting or if you make an unexpected day trip and forget to turn the temperature up to save on cooling costs. Just open the app on your phone and change the thermostat with a few taps.
But there’s more to your smart thermostat than controlling it remotely. One of the most convenient features is that they’re entirely programmable. That means you can set your thermostat to automatically adjust itself to 78 degrees to save energy when you’re not home, but bring itself back down to a crisp 72 before you get home from work. The result is saving money while never having to worry about manually adjusting the temp.
Smart thermostats can control different zones of the house. If you have this capability, you can program the temperature to be different in separate areas of the home. For example, you can channel most of the cooling to upper floors instead of the basement, which is naturally colder. Or you can make downstairs 82 degrees between midnight and 6 a.m. while focusing on keeping your upstairs bedrooms cool at night.
Smart thermostats can be programmed to stay at a specific temperature for any set duration and schedule. You can also set temporary vacation temperatures. That way, if you’re heading off on a cruise and you need the temp on 82 for a week, you can make these changes and even arrange for your cooling to go back down to normal an hour before your expected return.
If you have any doubts about installing a smart thermostat yourself, Air Works Heating & Air can install your system for you! To get the most out of your smart home investment, you should always have your HVAC system inspected first to make sure you can keep your home comfortable with just a voice command or tap of your phone! The professionals at Air Works Heating & Air are all equipped to help you get your cooling system where it needs to be this summer. Contact us today to ask how we can help you benefit from a new smart thermostat.