How Do Smart Thermostats Work?

January 20, 2021

If you’ve ever been in a battle with a family member over the temperature of your Beaumont home, you’ve understood, at a basic level, the importance of a thermostat. Thermostats can do far more than resolve disputes between family members, though. Some thermostats can precisely control the temperature of your house without you having to argue about it or even manually change the settings. In fact, they can do it even if you’re not home. These are called smart thermostats, and they are the focus of this article from Reed Service Company.

What Is a Smart Thermostat?

At its core, a smart thermostat has the same function as any other thermostat. It simply turns your HVAC system on and off at the appropriate times so that your home maintains a constant temperature. However, compared to an analog thermostat, the way in which a smart thermostat accomplishes this function is quite different.

A smart thermostat is essentially a programmable thermostat with far more customization options. It features a large screen to make it easy to program even if you’ve never worked with a smart thermostat previously. It also has Wi-Fi connectivity so that you can control your thermostat when you’re away from your residence, ensuring that you’re never wasting energy.

What Makes a Smart Thermostat So Accurate?

When it comes to saving energy with your HVAC system, accuracy is key. After all, if your thermostat isn’t operating at the correct times throughout the day or it isn’t detecting the correct temperature, your HVAC system might run when it doesn’t need to, resulting in utility bills that are higher than necessary.

One way that a smart thermostat maintains accuracy is through the use of multiple sensors located around your home. Using electrical resistance, these sensors can detect the different temperatures in multiple rooms. This helps your HVAC system run so that your entire home is comfortable instead of just the room where the thermostat is located.

A smart thermostat also has proximity sensors that detect movement in your home. If the thermostat notices that there hasn’t been a movement for a while, it will automatically change the temperature for you so that your HVAC system isn’t running when you’re away. Over time, a smart thermostat can learn your living patterns and create a self-organized schedule without any input from you.

What Are Some Other Features of a Smart Thermostat?

Since smart thermostats are connected to the internet, many of them offer unique features that wouldn’t be possible on a typical thermostat. For example, some smart thermostats allow you to access the current weather and local forecast for your area. This lets you to make changes to your heating and cooling schedule and help your home maintain optimal comfort. Plus, a smart thermostat can integrate with other smart home accessories. This ensures that you always have the perfect home environment for every occasion.

Are Smart Thermostats Difficult to Install?

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never given much thought to replacing your existing thermostat. The good news is that installing a smart thermostat is typically quite easy. The biggest challenge you’ll face is finding the C wire originating at your HVAC system.

This wire provides power that your smart thermostat will need to run the display and operate the WiFi. Some HVAC systems are not equipped with a C wire. If that’s the case for your system, you’ll need a technician from Reed Service Company to stop by and install one. While they’re there, you can go ahead and have them put in your new thermostat to ensure that it’s installed correctly.

Choosing the Best Type of Thermostat for Your Needs

Although smart thermostats offer many benefits, it’s important to think through your individual needs before choosing which type to purchase. In some instances, an analog thermostat may offer all the features that you need, especially if you spend most of your time at home. However, if you have a busy schedule and you want your HVAC system to take care of itself, a smart thermostat is definitely the way to go.

Installing Thermostats and Much More

The professionals from Reed Service Company are proud to assist residents of Beaumont with superb home comfort services. This includes the repair, maintenance and installation of both furnaces and air conditioners. We also offer HVAC design, install geothermal systems and provide indoor air quality improvement options. Thanks to our integrity and professionalism, we have been trusted in this community for more than 45 years and given numerous five-star reviews. To learn more about smart thermostats, contact us at Reed Service Company today.