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Is a smart thermostat a worthwhile investment?

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You may be familiar with the programmable thermostat, which helps improve your energy efficiency by pre-setting temperature settings according to your regular at-home hours. However, the smart home thermostat takes efficiency to the next level by enabling you to adjust your home’s heating and cooling remotely whenever you want. Here’s what you need to know.

Are smart thermostats worth it?

The smart thermostat combines the simplicity of conventional temperature controls with the energy efficiency of programmable models. Here are a few advantages of installing a smart thermostat in your home:

  • Simple temperature controls. Reprogrammable thermostats can be confusing for users, but smart thermostat operation feels more like using conventional manual controls. You can program your smart thermostat if you prefer, but you can also control it remotely when you choose.
  • On-demand energy optimization. You can control your home temperature in real-time, no matter where you are. If you’re away from home later than planned, you don’t have to worry about programmed settings turning up your furnace or air conditioner earlier than necessary.
  • Intelligent features. The “smart” goes well beyond remote control. It can provide data on your energy consumption patterns. Some models give helpful insights on maintaining your heating and cooling units and provide programmed reminders.

Do you wish you could be more energy efficient but feel uncertain about which steps to take? The smart home thermostat can take the guesswork out of your decisions. By demystifying your energy usage, you’ll likely see significant savings on your energy bill.

Do smart thermostats need special wiring?

Most smart thermostats require your wiring system to have a C-wire, sometimes called a common wire. Your home’s wiring may already have the C-wire in place, or you might consider having one installed. It may also be possible for you to use an adapter.

Can you replace any thermostat with a smart thermostat?

Most home heating systems are compatible with smart thermostats, but there are several factors to consider before making the switch. In addition to having the necessary wiring, your heating system should be low voltage, or 24v.

A professional installer can ensure you have the components you need or recommend the appropriate upgrades.

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