What is a Smart Thermostat and Do You Need One?
It seems like everything today is a smart device…big screen TVs, home security systems, watches, refrigerators and even thermostats. But what exactly is a “smart thermostat” and how why would anyone need one?
A smart thermostat is a type of thermostat that can connect to a network which enables it to be controlled remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or some other type of internet-connected device (i.e. Alexa or Google Home).
Why Would You Need a Smart Thermostat?
Well, actually, you no one needs a smart thermostat. However, many people WANT a smart thermostat because there are a few important benefits.
Especially during the blazing hot Arizona Summers when daytime temperatures typically reach upwards of 110+ degrees, a smart thermostat can save you money because it can reduce your energy costs while running your AC and heating.
How does a Smart Thermostat Save Money on Energy Costs
A smart thermostat can save you money by automatically regulating the temperature using the desired temperature you set up based upon your daily schedule. Thus, a smart thermostat makes certain that your home’s temperature is set to a predetermined comfort level when you arrive home (from work) and reduces energy consumption when you are not at home.
Moreover, a smart thermostat not only enables you to set up a schedule for changes in temperature settings, but it can also utilize learning algorithms that assist you in setting up the most energy efficient schedules. According to some manufacturers, a smart thermostat could possibly save you up to 20% or more on your energy bill.
Who doesn’t like convenience (remember the Clapper)? Smart thermostats, as mentioned earlier, can let you take greater advantage of the latest and greatest technology in and around your home, such as those home assistants from Google (Home) and Amazon (Alexa). That means you can literally control your smart thermostat through simple voice commands from anywhere in your home. Away on vacation, but forgot to set/adjust your smart thermostat to different settings? No worries…with a wireless internet connection, you can use your smart phone to access the app that controls your smart thermostat and voila, problem solved.