A thermostat upgrade can significantly improve both your home comfort and your energy usage. If you really want to take control of your home’s climate, though, your best option is a thermostat that connects to the Internet and can be controlled via your phone or tablet. Here are some of the benefits of having a smart or Wi-Fi thermostat in your home.
- Convenience. Rather than having to program your family’s schedule, mapping out when you’re home and away, a smart thermostat can learn your schedule over time and adjust automatically. Using your phone’s GPS, it can even sense when you leave the house, switching to energy-saving mode so your HVAC system isn’t running full blast when nobody’s home.
- Compatibility. Your Wi-Fi thermostat connects to your phone, so you can control it from anywhere, monitoring your home’s temperature and saving energy. However, it also connects to Alexa, Siri, and similar devices. This means you can raise or lower your temperature just by asking.
- Notifications. Do you have trouble remembering to change your air filter or schedule your annual tuneup? A smart thermostat can send notifications by text or email directly to your phone to remind you of basic maintenance tasks. It can also alert you when there’s a problem, such as a refrigerant leak or a component that’s failed and needs replacing.
- Data collection. Maintenance isn’t the only thing your Wi-Fi thermostat can notify you of. It can collect data on your energy usage and send you regular reports. How much energy did you use this month as opposed to last month? It can suggest ways you can reduce energy usage and lower your bills.
- IAQ. A smart thermostat monitors not just your temperature but your humidity levels too. It allows you to set your ideal humidity level so you can keep it in the Goldilocks zone, which is between 30% and 50%. This will reduce mold, mildew, and other contaminants in your air, improving your indoor air quality.
To find the best thermostat for your home, contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We provide Indianapolis homes with quality HVAC solutions.