As the cold season sets in, you will probably want to throw on a warm sweater and turn on the heat to keep your space comfortable. However, you will also need to think about convenience and energy efficiency when running your heater. A smart or digital thermostat can help make winter more bearable while enabling you to significantly slash your heating costs.

Here’s how:

Minimize Energy Costs

Smart thermostats come with a user-friendly app that lets you create a heating schedule based on your lifestyle. Once you have pre-set your temperature preferences, the thermostat will observe your schedule and adjust temperatures accordingly when you are away or need less heat. This way, you will reduce your energy usage, lower your carbon footprint, and save some money.

Eliminate Human Error

When you install a smart thermostat, you will not have to worry about forgetting to turn off your heater when leaving your home. Smart thermostats with motion sensors can detect when no one is home and automatically shut off the heater. Programing the unit allows you to control your home environment without heat going to waste.

Track Energy Consumption

A smart thermostat will provide you with reports on your energy usage from time to time. When you build a home energy profile, you will get a real-time picture of your energy use and see how the consumption has fluctuated over time, and determine how energy costs may change in the future. You can also make some adjustments to reduce your energy use further.

Convenient Remote Access

When you have a smart thermostat installed in your home, you can adjust temperatures from anywhere through your smartphone. Provided you have the mobile app and Wi-Fi connection, instant remote access makes it possible to turn on your heater before you get home or your kids come back from school.

Improved Air Quality

Smart thermostats do not directly improve indoor air quality but play a part in ensuring you have clean, fresh air. The unit can alert you when the filter needs to be changed or when scheduled maintenance is due. Some of these thermostats include a humidity sensor that helps to control humidity levels.

Easy Installation

For those who like to do things around the house on their own, you may be able to install a smart thermostat quite easily. However, an HVAC company will ensure your heating and cooling system is optimized to make the most of the programmable thermostat.


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