Benefits of Smart Thermostats

If you have considered a home automation system, you will see many people recommend the inclusion of the best smart thermostat in the design. A smart thermostat is a modern and technologically advanced device that integrates with your home automation system and allows you to both controls your heating and cooling system with a high degree of precision as well as review the data collected by the device.

The primary benefit of a smart thermostat is that it is an adaption of the programmable thermostats that are very popular for homeowners seeking a way to save money on energy costs as well as be environmentally responsible. As energy costs rise, it is important to take supreme control over how that portion of a homeowner’s budget is used. A user of a programmable thermostat is able to set times of the day for heating and cooling that suit the times which the home is occupied. As an example, during the summer, it is nice to have the air conditioning running to allow for a cooler and drier home. However, it is expensive to run this during the day when the occupants are at work or school. Additionally, it is beneficial to raise the temperature a little during the overnight hours because intense cooling is not required while sleeping and when outdoor temperatures have reduced. To meet these needs, a smart thermostat can be programmed to turn off the air conditioning during the day time hours. It can then be programmed to be cooling, but to a lesser extent, during the overnight hours.

Smart thermostats also benefit homeowners by collecting data about the system. It can collect information about run times, diagnostic information about the equipment and other operational information about the homeowners heating and cooling system (HVAC). Some examples of use could be to review data to ensure that the programming is as efficient as possible to save on energy costs. Another example application of this metadata (metadata is simply data about the data or operation of a system) is that the smart thermostat could notify the homeowner that a filter may need to be changed. These types of notifications are usually provided to an app on a smart phone which is integrated with a home automation system.

Incorporating a smart thermostat in a complete home automation system has, even more, benefits when using a smart learning thermostat. Several manufacturers provide devices such as this. A smart learning thermostat takes this information even further as it incorporates with other elements of the home automation (motion detectors, door sensors and more). For example, a learning system can understand that no one is home and turn off the HVAC system. Smart thermostats have come a long way, and it may be impossible to know what the future holds for these smart devices, however, it is clear that their many benefits provide a compelling argument for investment in a system for your home.