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What You Should Know About Smart Thermostats

Intelligent home automation system: controlling house temperature with a multimedia touch screen display, mounted on an apartment wall and wireless connected to a main computer unit. Intelligent system for energy saving, climate control and environmental conservation. Temperature is expressed in Fahrenheit degrees (see more images from my portfolio for other units). Shows thermometer, warm and cold air conditioning icons, relative humidity and current temperature.

You probably don’t give your thermostat much thought unless you’re adjusting the temperature or changing the settings. But if you have a smart thermostat, it can do much more. Your thermostat—whether it’s a smart version or not—can contribute to your heater working great or having problems.

It’s possible for your thermostat to be miscalibrated, which will affect its ability to communicate correctly with your heater. Your thermostat also runs on batteries, so it’s possible that they need to be changed out over time as they lose charge. But even so, a smart thermostat is a great investment to make for your home. If you don’t already have a smart thermostat in Rochester Hills, MI, our team can help. 

How a Smart Thermostat Works

Your home’s thermostat measures the general temperature so it knows when to signal your heater (or air conditioner) to turn on. For example, in the winter you may set your thermostat to 70°F and change it to the heat setting. Once your home’s general temperature dips below a certain threshold, your thermostat signals your heater to turn on.

There’s also an upper threshold, and once that temperature is reached your thermostat signals for your heater to turn off again. The threshold may be a few degrees higher and lower than the temperature you set your thermostat to. It’s important to note that all thermostats work this way—even standard thermostats that aren’t programmable. 

Smart Thermostat Benefits

Your smart thermostat has more features than a standard thermostat. And it’s not just about extra bells and whistles that are only for fun. Your programmable thermostat is designed to help maximize energy efficiency so you can save money on your monthly energy bills. There’s also the added benefit of lessening your family’s impact on the environment by using less energy.

Smart thermostats are Wi-Fi enabled, meaning that you can access the thermostat settings from your phone, tablet, or computer. You can turn the temperature down when you leave for work in the morning so you’re not heating your home all day while you’re gone. Then you can turn the heat back on right before you arrive back home so that it’s nice and warm.

Even better, you can pre-program the settings to make these adjustments automatically. Your smart thermostat even has the capability of learning your heating and cooling habits so that it can begin to predict what temperature settings you’ll use. This can help you eliminate the manual work of remembering when to turn your thermostat on or off to save energy. 

You can lower your monthly energy bill without sacrificing comfort. Plus, you can always override the settings if your schedule changes and you need to make adjustments. For example, you can turn your thermostat back up if you plan to be home early. Or, if you’re going to be out of town for a few days you can lower the temperature the whole time you’re gone.

Smart thermostats are also compatible with voice command programs like Siri and Alexa. If you want to make a temperature adjustment, you can just ask your voice assistant to make the change. If these benefits sound appealing to you, give our team a call. We can help you pick the smart thermostat that fits your family’s needs. 

Contact Charter Home Comfort today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. Old fashioned values with tech savvy results!

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