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Smart Thermostats: How Do They Work?

Knowing how smart thermostats work can help you determine if they will be the best fit for your specific needs. At Expert Electric, we want to help you keep up with the latest electrical trends. That is why we offer a wide range of residential electrical services and commercial electrical services, including installing smart thermostats that are compatible with many electrical heating options.

What are Smart Thermostats and How Do They Work?

Smart thermostats are programmable digital heating systems that allow you to switch your heat on or off remotely via the Internet, using a tablet, smartphone, or laptop. This type of thermostat is more intelligent than a traditional thermostat, as it is able to connect to both your boiler—using your existing thermostat wired connection—and your Wi-Fi network, allowing your boiler to be a part of the smart home system without having to buy a new boiler. Through the use of a circuit controlled by a thermometer, smart thermostats can automatically shut off the boiler when the desired temperature is reached.

How Smart Thermostats Can Save You Money

Smart, Programmable thermostats have become hugely popular in fall and winter, and the reason is that they provide some very substantial energy saving benefits, improved comfort, convenience and cost – $$$ effective savings. These thermostats save energy and money on utility bills by allowing residents to set home temperatures according to various different factors.

Programmable thermostats supply personal comfort through pre-set temperature levels and are generally more convenient and accurate than manual thermostats.

Here is the best part: If you’re looking to cut back expenses, you will usually see the return on your programmable thermostat investment within one year. When used properly, this device can save residents about $150 annually. Programmable thermostats are also a plus for the environmentally conscious because they contain no mercury and are eco-friendly. Using less energy helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production.

Depending on the type of smart thermostat you are looking at having installed, it may offer a number of different features that can help lower your energy bill. Some smart thermostats can be programmed to track how much energy is being used, storing information that will allow you to track your heating history.

In some cases, smart thermostats can even learn your normal patterns or track your phone’s GPS in order to ensure that your home is heated only when you are home. Unlike traditional thermostats, most smart thermostats are designed to allow for each room’s temperature to be controlled individually, so that only the rooms in use are being heated.

Smart Thermostats are Easy to Program

If you are a homeowner who works outside the home during the day and have a different schedule on the weekend, a programmable thermostat can offer many benefits.

Programmable thermostats can be set to adjust the temperature of a home according to a your schedule. Here is the best part about this: the temperature on programmable thermostats can be set to change based on whether or not the home is occupied or whether residents are asleep or awake. For example, in the morning before you wake up, the thermostat can be preset for a slightly warmer temperature. As well, the thermostat can be adjusted for both heating and cooling seasons.

Programmable thermostats can automatically store settings and repeat those settings each day. However, they can still be manually set, overriding the programming when desired. A programmable thermostat generally allows more precise temperature management and a wider range of selections, offering a number of programming choices.

Most conveniently, it provides daily programming that allows one schedule to be used each day. Additionally, you can program your thermostat with different settings for the weekend. In fact, most programmable thermostats have a full seven-day programming ability, allowing for a different temperature schedule for every day of the week.

If you would like to learn more about how smart thermostats work, or if you are interested in one of our residential electrical services or commercial electrical services, please contact Expert Electric at 604-681-8338.