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Is a Smart Thermostat Right for Your Home?

In an age of being constantly connected and able to control aspects of your home at the touch of a button on your smartphone, smart thermostats are becoming more popular. What’s a smart thermostat? They start like any other thermostat and give you the ability to control the temperature in your home. But smart thermostats take this a step further and “learn” from your habits, patterns, and behavior.

Benefits of a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats can definitely be a smart option for you. They allow you to adjust your home’s temperature remotely, so if you forgot to turn the temperature up or down before leaving the house, you can do it from work, from a café, or even from a hotel in another city if you’re traveling. This can offer you peace of mind wherever you are and completely eliminate the worry of “Did I remember to set the thermostat?”

Another benefit of a smart thermostat is that you can see a projection of your energy use for your home, and you will likely see a reduction in overall energy consumption with smart use of your smart thermostat.

One of the most interesting features of a smart thermostat is how it adapts to your behaviors and patterns. Smart thermostats can adjust the temperature based on time of day or even the humidity level in your home.

Drawbacks of a Smart Thermostat

The benefits of smart thermostats are impressive; however, there’s always another side to consider and you should know the pros and cons of any purchase before you make it. One big drawback is price, as most smart thermostat models range from around $200 to as much as $500 or more. While you will likely see a return on the investment in the form of reduced heating and cooling costs, it could take a year or more to feel like you got your money’s worth.

Additionally, while the fancy bells and whistles are great for the technologically-inclined, you may be able to get similar cost savings and efficiency with strategic use of a more basic programmable thermostat.

The Importance of Your Furnace

Not all HVAC systems are compatible with smart thermostats, so always check your Owners Manual to be safe before investing in and installing a smart thermostat in your home. Additionally, making sure you maintain your furnace filters and change them according to manufacturer recommendations is a crucial step in ensuring your indoor air quality and HVAC system are in top shape. Contact our customer service team to find the right air filters for your system.

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