Smart thermostats offer many advantages over conventional thermostats, from increased comfort, improved energy savings and remote access to temperature controls. However, there are differences between manufacturers that you should be aware of. Here are a few questions to ask when shopping for a smart thermostat.
Is it easy to install?Do you need a device that can be installed by a homeowner without a lot of technical know-how? When installing the thermostat it's important to keep it away from vents and sources of heat that could affect the temperature readings. Place the thermostat in an area with minimal disturbance such as an interior wall.
Do you have a C-Wire?A C-wire, or common wire, provides continuous power to your smart thermostat display and WiFi connectivity. If you don’t have one or aren’t sure, give us a call and we can help install one if needed.
Does it work remotely from your phone?If you plan to use it from your phone make sure that the app works on your device.
Is it compatible with Other Technology in Your Home?One of most convenient features of smart thermostats is their ability to interact with voice assistants like Google Home, Alexa® and Siri®. Check the manufacturer's website to see if your assistant is compatible with the thermostat models you are considering.
Tracking SavingsIf you're primarily interested in improving efficiency and lowering energy costs, consider a model with data tracking and reporting. You'll be able to see hour-by-hour and day-by-day how often your heating and cooling system are operating.
Have questions about smart thermostats? Give us a call, we're happy to help.