How smart is smart? Programmable wasn’t smart enough. Simply programming your thermostat to change temperature at a certain time was not as advanced at having complete access to programming it anytime, anywhere. Thus, the smart thermostat was born. As each new product season takes shape, the manufacturers of smart thermostats continue to take “smart” to the next level. You can have on-the-go access to your heating and cooling systems with smart thermostats that can:
- be programmed through your laptop or smart phone from a remote location.
- learn your routine and give you access to changes in temperature through your mobile application.
- provide real-time feedback on how much energy your home is using.
- adapt the temperature in your home based on certain conditions, like humidity levels.
As more competitors enter the marketplace, there will be more “advantages” to installing a smart thermostat. For example, already, the Nest Thermostat learns the home’s energy pattern and it can sense when a home is occupied, the humidity levels and the overall environmental conditions. The Honeywell Smart Thermostat touts a selective color scheme that can blend with your home’s décor while it tells you about local weather conditions or extreme indoor temperatures.
If you truly “connect” using your mobile devices, then the smart thermostat is worth consideration. If you crave flexibility and connectivity then this is the technology for you. If you prefer the hands-on approach to making sure the thermostat is set to the proper temperature at the proper time, then a smart thermostat is not for you. Smart thermostats can be more expensive to install in your home and can have a high learning curve if you’re not already somewhat of a “techie.” Your HVAC professional can help you decide and can install the thermostat that’s right for you.