Have you seen those hilarious videos showing today’s kids trying to figure out what a rotary dial telephone is? They are funny and give us “older” folks a reason to smile and say, “those darn kids these days.”
However, this is a two-way street. There are many folks who struggle with modern technology. Climate Control Company sees it all the time with some of the new thermostats. Programmable thermostats are proven to save money if they are used correctly. However, studies show most residential users never program their programmable thermostats.
The answer to the problem could be the new generation of smart thermostats. “Hold on,” you say, “Aren’t they more complicated than a typical programmable thermostat?” The answer to that is a definite yes AND no. A smart thermostat is capable of doing more, but it’s also capable of doing more without as much input from the owner.
The user doesn’t actually program a smart thermostat. For the first week or so, the owner must faithfully change the settings manually based on the household schedule. Adjust the temperature setting when you:
- Get up in the morning
- Leave for work or school
- Come home in the evening
- Go to bed
- Are at home for the weekend
When you do this faithfully for a short period of time a smart thermostat learns your schedule and adjusts the temperature setting automatically. In other words, it programs itself. Some smart thermostats can even vary settings based on the weather conditions outside your Glenwood Springs, CO home. Once it has programmed itself, there’s really nothing more the owner has to do.
If you are one of those people (the minority according to many surveys) who actually programs a programmable thermostat, then a smart thermostat may not save you much money. But there are other advantages to consider. Smart thermostats communicate with your HVAC systems and give you weekly and monthly reports about energy usage, remind you when it’s time to change filters, and give you the advantage of voice control through compatible smart speakers. It also makes the whole process pretty darn painless because of the thermostat programs itself.
If you’re ready to learn more about the smart thermostats for your home or business, call Climate Control Company. We are Comfort Driven, Colorado Style since 1956. Be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.