Your smartphone has replaced so many things that used to be considered daily essentials: the watch, alarm clock, camera, GPS, calculator, and more. Chances are pretty good that you are reading this on your smartphone. As the smartphone is integrated deeper and deeper into our lives, it only makes sense for your home’s thermostat to fit in your pocket.
How do you choose the right smart thermostat for your home? The answer to that question is largely dependent upon your goals for owning a smart thermostat.
The reason most homes are converting to smart thermostats is energy efficiency and—most importantly—cost savings! Standard thermostats offer programming which allows temperatures to be adjusted on a time schedule. This works really well for individuals with a consistent schedule.
Some smart thermostats have the ability to detect activity in the home and adjust the temperature of the home accordingly. Additionally, smart thermostats can be adjusted through your smartphone. This means no more wondering if you remembered to adjust the thermostat before you left for vacation!
With so many options on the market, it can be difficult to understand the difference between smart thermostat options and even more difficult to choose an option. Here are a few features to consider when shopping for your smart thermostat.
For many homeowners, this is the most appealing function of a smart thermostat. Accessing the system controls through your phone allows the temperature to be adjusted remotely. It’s hard to consider it a smart thermostat if it doesn’t connect with your smartphone.
Some smart thermostats can connect with additional smart devices such as lights or security locks. In addition, many will connect to devices like the Amazon Alexa or Google Home.
Smart thermostat’s greatest feature is their ability to create energy efficiency, but the systems can require a large amount of energy to function. The best available options can be powered through your home’s comfort system using what is known as the HVAC’s ‘C’ Wire.
The added bells and whistles of a smart thermostat are great but completely useless if you can’t use them! Find a thermostat option with a touchscreen option that is easy to read and easy to program.
Energy Efficiency Reports
It’s great to talk about energy efficiency, but find a smart thermostat that puts numbers to those efficiency claims! Your thermostat can issue a monthly report that allows you to adjust consumption in the interest of savings.
Preventive maintenance is much cheaper than major repairs! Your smart thermostat should be able to send reminders of regular maintenance requirements, including when to change your filter.
McElroy’s professional technicians can service and install almost any model of smart thermostat, but for the best features and functionality, we recommend the Côr thermostats by Carrier.
The Côr thermostat offers all of the features listed above plus additional options that make it the industry’s best. The Côr thermostat offers advanced humidity control options (a must during summers in Northeast Kansas!). It also has a smart setback feature which allows the thermostat to learn your family’s energy needs and compare them to current weather forecasts in order to adjust your home’s HVAC for comfort and efficiency!
The Côr thermostats also feature an industry best three year warranty. That warranty is increased to five years when it is installed by a McElroy’s professional technician!
Contact us for help making the right smart thermostat decision for your home. Our professional, courteous technicians are always the right call when it comes to your comfort and cost savings!