There is a huge push these days for homes to be “smart.” You can have everything from smart plugs to devices like Alexa. One option for your smart home is the smart thermostat. Is a smart thermostat the right choice for you? Ask yourself these questions to find out.
What is a Smart Thermostat?
Before you can decide if you need one, you need to know what one is and what it can do for you. A smart thermostat can be controlled remotely by a wifi device such as your cellphone, tablet, or virtual assistant. In addition, it can learn your temperature preferences and adjust the temperature automatically which saves you the trouble and can also save you money.
Is it Time for a New Thermostat Anyway?
If you are already in the market for a new thermostat, a smart thermostat can be an excellent choice. You are already planning to upgrade and spend the money, why not get the best thermostat for your home? Any time you can upgrade, it helps you in the long run. Small upgrades over time can considerably increase the value of your home.
Are You Planning to Sell?
Before selling your home, it’s a good idea to upgrade your home with some finishing touches that will really make a good impression on potential buyers. Having smart technology in your home will let them know this house has been kept up to date and will have the modern conveniences they are looking for. This works especially well if you are selling an older home. Potential buyers that may be put off by the age of the home will no doubt feel comforted to see that care has been taken to keep the home not only in working order but in the absolute best condition.
Is Your HVAC System Compatible with a Smart Thermostat?
Speaking of older homes, you will need to make sure your current HVAC system is compatible with a smart thermostat. An HVAC technician can help you determine if your system would be a good fit for a thermostat that uses smart technology. Honestly, if your system isn’t compatible, it may be time for an entire system upgrade as most units will work beautifully with a smart thermostat.
Are You Comfortable Using Apps?
You need to assess whether you are comfortable controlling your thermostat from a device. Not everyone is as tech savvy and that is ok. You need a thermostat that is easy for you to use and while smart thermostats are meant to be an easier option, this may not be true for those uncomfortable with new technology. If you regularly use apps on your phone, you should have no problems with a smart thermostat.
Do You Have an Irregular Schedule?
Many smart thermostats feature geo-fencing technology that can sense when you are at home and when you are away. For those with a strict schedule, an ordinary programmable thermostat can be set up to reflect that schedule. For those with a less regular schedule, a smart thermostat is the best choice. You won’t be wasting money on keeping the house comfortable when it’s empty. Instead, you’ll get the best bang for your buck and only use the amount of heat or air you need to get the job done.
Are You Concerned About Aesthetics?
This one may not be a big deal to you since thermostats are pretty small an unobtrusive. However, there is no denying that smart thermostats are generally more aesthetically pleasing. They offer sleek designs with bright, often colorful touchscreens. They also give the impression that you care about the details. For looks, the smart thermostat is the obvious option.
What is Your Budget?
Budget is another important consideration when choosing a thermostat for your home. While smart thermostats have a considerable amount of bells and whistles not found in standard thermostats, they are a bit pricier. You pay for all those added features. If your budget is tight you need to decide if you need the extras that come with a smart thermostat.
Do You Value Convenience?
One of the big selling points for a smart thermostat is the convenience that comes with it. Wouldn’t it be nice to adjust the temperature of your bedroom from under the covers without ever having to get out of bed or to turn the air on when you are on the way home from your vacation and know that you’ll be walking into a cool home even though you didn’t waste a ton of money keeping it cool all week? This convenience makes the smart thermostat attractive to many who want the control of their home at their fingertips.
Want to Know More?
If you would like more information about whether a smart thermostat may be right for you, give us a call today. We can schedule a consultation and answer any questions you may have.