If you’re in the market for a new thermostat for your HVAC system, you might want to consider a smart thermostat. Not sure what makes a smart thermostat so smart? Read on, and we’ll help you get familiarized with the latest in thermostat technology.
How Smart Thermostats Work
It wasn’t too long ago that we were touting the advantages of wireless, or Wi-Fi, thermostats. These thermostats require you to log in to the internet to use them, perhaps through an app on your phone. From there, you can change the temperature as needed.
Smart thermostats can do that and more. Not only can you schedule your temperature settings, but these are incorporated into your whole-home automation.
Smart thermostats have three components: the thermostat control, a smart thermostat app, and the part that interfaces with your HVAC system. The latter component communicates with the thermostat control.
Naturally, capabilities will depend on the model you choose. For example, the Nest Learning Thermostat can detect your cooling and heating preferences after noting them for a couple of days. Once the lesson is learned, the thermostat adjusts the temperature according to your schedule. Some models can diagnose when there is a system malfunction or a problem with the ducts. Others can remind the homeowner when it’s time to change the air filter or provide an analysis of energy consumption.
One of the most useful features of certain models is the ability to reduce hot or cold spots by means of room sensors. Sensors measure temperatures in zones or rooms and heat or cool those areas specifically, while the system receives commands to raise or lower temperatures accordingly.
Like to have the home nice and toasty when you arrive but don’t want to keep the heating on high all day? Geofencing can detect (again, via sensors) when you’re getting close to home and can change the temperature as needed.
Need more advice on smart thermostats? Contact Detmer and Sons. We serve Dayton and the surrounding area, providing HVAC repairs, maintenance, and installations.