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5 Things to Know Before Investing in a Smart Thermostat

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Your heating and cooling account for nearly half of your electricity bill, but it doesn’t have to be that way. By updating your thermostat to a smart version, you can have greater control, increased efficiency, and a lot more convenience. If you’ve been resistant to making the switch, you might want to think again. These intuitive devices do much more than control the climate in your home. At Mid-Florida Heating & Air, we want our customers to have the best heating, ventilation, and air conditioning products and services. That is why we’ve come up with this must-read list of everything you need to know about smart thermostats.

1. What is a smart thermostat

Thermostats have evolved immensely since they first gained popularity 20 years ago. What once started as a manual dial has transformed into programmable thermostats, and now, smart thermostats. These are the latest advancements in thermostat technology and come equipped with WiFi connectivity, automatic temperature adjustments, and remote control. Even greater, a number of them can analyze your heating and cooling habits and offer energy-saving solutions.

2. You can start saving money AND energy

One of the biggest benefits of smart thermostats is that they help you conserve energy without having to spend big bucks. How? On top of the remote temperature control, it can learn user behavior and adjust the settings to optimal preferences. Both of these capabilities ensure that your HVAC unit isn’t running unnecessarily. A study done by Nest found that their smart thermostat saved families up to 12% on heating and 15% on cooling.

3. WiFi connection and a mobile app is required

It’s important to know that you’ll need to be connected to a network to reap the full benefits of a smart thermostat. If you have other smart home technology, like an Amazon Alexa, then you already know this. When installing a smart thermostat, you’ll also need to install an app on your phone, tablet, or laptop if you want remote control. Connecting to an app is a painless process and will allow you to get more out of your thermostat.

4. You can have improved comfort and convenience

Many smart thermostat models are designed to sense when a room is occupied and can adjust the settings accordingly without you even having to do anything. Some can also know when you’re coming home from work using geofencing and begin regulating the temperature, so your home is comfortable upon your arrival.

5. Make sure your HVAC system is compatible

Before dropping any money on a smart thermostat, you’ll want to find out whether your HVAC system is compatible with the specific thermostat model you’re looking to purchase. With many furnaces and air conditioners lasting up to 20 years, an older unit might not work with these technologically-advanced thermostats. It’s best to call an expert HVAC technician to help you determine which thermostat will work with your home.

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