The idea of a smart home or an intelligent home has been around since the 1950s, largely in science fiction books and films. In the last few years it has become a reality, and technology now provides huge opportunities for improved safety and comfort in your home.

Smart Thermostats

Modern smart thermostats are incredibly easy to use, largely because they are designed with a smartphone or tablet in mind. They can help to significantly reduce energy usage and costs, and they give homeowners greater control over their heating and hot water systems in any way they choose.

Scheduling

People can schedule what time they want the heating system or hot water to come on, and they can even choose different times on different days. 

A smart thermostat can be used to change the temperature depending upon who is in the house, what time they make it back from work or school, and how many people are in the house. 

Different scheduling can be set for different days of the week or for holidays and weekends, all of which can be fully controlled by a smartphone or tablet.

Weather Sensitive

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Smart thermostats can make allowances for the weather outside and how changeable or not it may become, it can take into account levels of humidity and can be fully programmable depending upon your needs. 

Some thermostats will also give you a seven day weather forecast for the area you live in. They can also take into account if you are using an air purifier in any particular room to improve air quality.

Sensors

A smart thermostat will work with sensors in your house. Sensors can detect things like an open window or open outside door that changes room temperature, and the thermostat will adjust controls accordingly. 

Also, sensors can detect things like your kitchen being particularly hot because you’re cooking in it. The smart thermostat will automatically reduce heating controls to a more manageable level.

Which To Choose

Although there are many smart thermostats to choose from, there are a few criteria that should guide your decision. 

One of the most important things is to choose a thermostat, such as one made by Nexia, that has open architecture. This means that it is compatible with any other smart device or voice-activated command system you may use in your home, such as Google Home or Echo. 

To really get the benefits of a smart thermostat, the installation should be done by a qualified HVAC technician who can also service it when needed. They can also make sure the Wi-Fi is synchronized with your home broadband system. The smart thermostat also needs to be able to link to any other smart home devices and systems you have now or plan to get later. These can include things such as surveillance, security and safety systems, and electrical systems. 

A smart thermostat can help your family stay warm this winter while keeping your heating bill under control. Follow these tips, and you’re sure to find the right device for your home.