When it comes to heating and cooling your home, you may have considered upgrading to a smart thermostat. After all, smart appliances seem to be the wave of the future. By 2022, 63 million homes in America will be “smart homes.”
And yet, with so many options on the market, it can seem overwhelming when you’re trying to buy a new thermostat. Which brand should you go with, and are smart thermostats worth the extra money?
In this guide, we’ll answer those questions as well as give you some important tips for smart thermostats. Read on to decide if upgrading to a smart thermostat is right for you.
When to Replace Old Thermostats
A broken thermostat can leave you sweltering in the summer heat. In the blistering Arizona sun, there’s nothing worse.
Your AC unit won’t know what to do if you have a broken thermostat. Some common AC problems, such as the air constantly running or shutting off too soon, stem from a busted thermostat.
If you have an older thermostat and the temperature in your house doesn’t seem to reflect the number on your unit, it could be time to call for a replacement.
If you have a programmable thermostat, you can simply recalibrate it. If that doesn’t seem to fix the issue, or you’re interested in the additional features of a smart thermostat, you should upgrade.
Tips for Buying Smart Thermostats
When you’re buying smart thermostats, there are a few questions you should ask yourself.
First, a smart thermostat costs more than a traditional or programmable thermostat. This is because they do much more than your average thermostat. Decide if these extra features are worth the added cost for you.
Some features of smart thermostats include:
- Remote access connection via Wi-Fi
- Ability to monitor energy usage and optimize heating and cooling
- Insights to save money
- Maintenance reminders
Consider your budget as well as how you use your system now and compare the pros and cons of the upgrade.
Another thing to keep in mind when buying smart thermostats is whether your home system can support a smart thermostat. If you’re not sure, reach out to a heating and cooling company to ask and set up an appointment.
When it comes to buying a smart thermostat, they might be able to offer suggestions on which model you should go with.
Smart Thermostat Maintenance
Smart thermostats don’t require much maintenance, but there are few things that can possibly go wrong.
You may encounter a software glitch or bug. This can sometimes happen if your system goes offline due to storms or outages.
Your battery can sometimes die or start to behave strangely. Usually, a system restart can fix these issues. Otherwise, you can call a heating and cooling tech to take a look.
It’s important to maintain your entire HVAC system for the best results. Smart thermostats can provide reminders. For instance, it can tell you when it’s time to replace your air filter.
Ready to Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat?
Smart thermostats offer a variety of convenient features such as maintenance reminders and the ability to change your home’s temperature from virtually anywhere. You can also gain insight into how you use your heating and cooling system and learn tips to save money on energy bills.
Whether they’re right for you depends on what you want in your system and how much you’re willing to spend.
If you’re ready to upgrade or if you have any questions about smart thermostats, don’t hesitate to request a service today!
Time to replace your old, outdated thermostat in your Arizona home? Contact the Surprisingly Affordable HVAC experts at Scottsdale Air Heating & Cooling to get more information ~ 480-359-7141.
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