Are you feeling really progressive because you have a programmable thermostat in your Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO home? Climate Control Company doesn’t want to burst your bubble, but there are some good reasons to consider the next step in HVAC controls technology, and that’s the smart thermostat.
How can a thermostat be smart?
No, it’s not smart in the human sense, but a smart thermostat has the ability to learn patterns. Over time it “learns” when you leave the house on a typical day and what time you’re likely to come home. It then knows when it’s cost effective to change the heating and cooling settings in the house.
Can’t I do that with my current programmable thermostat?
Yes, you can, but the more important question is, do you? Studies consistently show most homeowners, nearly 90%, never program their thermostat or learn how to use it properly. If you are one of the few who is diligent about monitoring and programming your thermostat, it may not be cost effective to switch to a smart model. However, there are other advantages to consider. A smart thermostat will also provide weekly and monthly energy reports and give you complete remote access.
The installation of a smart thermostat is just like a regular model. At the beginning it will require some manual adjustments by the homeowner. Just set it for your comfort level a few times a day. Some examples are:
- When you wake up
- Leave the house for work or school
- Come back home
- Go to bed
When the thermostat learns these preferences, it will start adjusting itself automatically. This is the part of the controls process that makes a smart thermostat cost effective.
Compatibility is important
One very important reminder, a smart thermostat should not be an impulse buy. You must make sure your home’s HVAC systems will work with a particular model. Many times, you can check this online. If you have any concerns about compatibility, ask for help before you buy.
Learn more about going smart
If you still have questions about whether a smart thermostat is right for your Glenwood Springs, Aspen, or Vail, CO home, call Climate Control Company, where our motto is, “Comfort Driven, Colorado Style.” Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more great information like this.