Smart thermostats give homeowners an edge when controlling home temperatures to maximize energy savings. New technologies now allow homeowners to access programmable thermostats remotely with a web-based program that offers more convenience and options.
These new remote-access programmable thermostats utilize the same principles as standard devices, giving homeowners the ability to schedule various temperature settings throughout the day, based on when the home is occupied. In this way, homeowners can set temperatures lower when they’re out of the house during the day and while they’re sleeping. In the same way, these settings can be programmed to cycle the furnace or A/C to come on when the home will be utilized.
But smart thermostats go even further, allowing homeowners to control their thermostat remotely via the web or smartphone.
If you’re interested in the features a smart programmable thermostat offers, you’ll want to consider the following options:
- Alerts – Some smart thermostats can monitor your heating and cooling systems, alerting you to problems that could cause significant damage, such as when your system overheats or freezes up, or if there’s a power failure.
- Vacation settings – Going out of town? Smart devices let you program a separate setting for a period of time, without having to reprogram the device upon return. Further, if temperatures drop below freezing, you can access your thermostat via the web and turn up the heat to avoid freezing pipes.
- Programming – Top-of-the-line programmable thermostats give homeowners the ability to program, at most, a 7-day setting; smart models offer every-day-of-the-year capabilities.
- Control – Some models will allow you to shut down manual access to the thermostat, an important feature if you’re away from the home during the day and don’t want home occupants, such as a babysitter, children or other staff to adjust the home’s temperature.
Interested in learning more about smart thermostats? With ease of use and convenience making them a hot commodity, more homeowners are turning to a smart device to maximize energy savings and comfort. For expert advice, or for any other home comfort issues, in the Calgary area, contact Arpi’s Industries.
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