5 advantages of installing a smart thermostat
Apr 19,2022 | Heatcold
When the summer heat starts, you want to be able to control your thermostat. Cool your home at the right time so that you and your family are comfortable at home without the expensive energy costs associated with running your air conditioning all day while everyone is at work and school.
But installing a smart thermostat (also known as a WiFi thermostat) will help. You'll be able to adjust the temperature in your home from your smartphone. If you haven't already, here are five reasons to switch to a digital thermostat now.
1. Minimising energy costs
Perhaps the biggest reason to upgrade to a WiFi thermostat is to save on energy costs. With a smart thermostat, you can easily schedule your HVAC to run less while you're away, so you can reduce your energy consumption by only cooling your home when you're home. You can program your digital thermostat to start immediately before a family member is scheduled to start coming home, so that your home is cooled to a perfect 26 °C from the moment you walk through the door.
2. Track your energy usage
Most digital thermostats allow users to track their energy usage. You can create a home energy profile that tells you how your energy usage has changed over time, how this may affect your future energy costs and how you can adjust your heating and cooling preferences to further reduce your energy costs.
3. Control your thermostat remotely
Another welcome benefit of installing a WiFi thermostat is that it allows you to control the temperature of your home remotely. If you get home early and want to cool your home before you arrive, you can simply log into your thermostat app and adjust the cooling schedule for the day. If you're going on holiday, you can change your cooling schedule to keep your house warm while you're away.
Have a holiday home to maintain? Your thermostat will send alerts to let you know if the internal temperature of your home is below or above the limits you have set so you can monitor from a distance if your HVAC is working properly.
4. Save yourself the hassle of scheduling your HVAC usage
Many homeowners refuse to install a digital thermostat because they fear it will be difficult to program, or difficult to adjust the heating and cooling schedule to accommodate seasonal changes in-home use. But the truth is that heating and cooling use can be more easily scheduled with a smart thermostat, and not just because you don't have to adjust the daily temperature yourself.
Most smart thermostats have motion detectors, so they can tell when family members are home and active. Over time, they can learn from your family's movement patterns when the house needs cooling or heating, and they can even use this data to adjust heating and cooling schedules to suit seasonal changes in the way you use your home. This makes it much easier to schedule your heating and cooling needs. They can even monitor the weather to cool your home when a heatwave hits, or heat your home when a cold snap arrives.
5. They are easy to install
Installing your Smart Thermostat is easy as long as you have the correct thermostat wiring. Remove the current thermostat cover and check the wiring. You will need the thermostat C wire. If you see wires marked C or common, and other wires marked R, W, Rc or Rh, you should be able to install the Smart Thermostat according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Usually, all you need to do is disconnect the power to the thermostat, remove the old thermostat, connect the wires to the new thermostat, install the new thermostat panel, restore power and then follow the prompts and the programming instructions in the manufacturer's instructions.
This summer you can stay comfortable and cool without the cost of cooling. Install a smart thermostat and achieve unprecedented control over the temperature in your home.