February 25, 2016
Smart Thermostat: A Wise Option For Your Home

Hello, my studies. Spring is just around the corner and, in many areas of the country, the temperature this time of year can vary widely one day to the next. That can make indoor temperature control difficult for homeowners, who have to turn down the heat today, only to turn it up again tomorrow.

Reactive temperature control can be costly. You know that cars burn more gasoline at engine start-up or when accelerating than they do when maintaining cruise speed — the same principle applies for home heating. More electricity or natural gas is used to catch back up on cooler days if the temperature of the home falls far from comfort level while the homeowner is away.

So, today, we wanted to show you how you can avoid wasteful energy use using smart home improvements. Over here at the LivingWise home, we’re about to install a smart thermostat.

What is a smart thermostat?

A smart thermostat is Internet-integrated. It learns not only a homeowner’s temperature preferences, but also the timing of those preferences. Do you like to keep your home warmer in the daytime and cooler at night? The thermostat’s programming picks up on that.

After several days of operation, it learns enough about your schedule that it will begin to automatically adjust the temperature to optimize your comfort level, so that you don’t need to tinker all the time.

That, in turn, prevents your furnace from having to work extra hard to re-heat your home, or your air conditioner from having to run overtime to cool you down, when the weather varies. The smart thermostat will just make incremental changes as necessary. And that can reduce mechanical wear and tear on your HVAC systems.

Isn’t that amazing?

Mission Control for your home.

A smart thermostat can have other neat capabilities that would make your home smarter and greener. Some can be remotely controlled from a smartphone app, so that you can make manual adjustments before you get home.

They’re usually compatible with most of the HVAC systems currently on the market, so most of the time you don’t need to replace your central heating or central air unit.

Of even more value as we move closer to becoming a society that is wired together via an “Internet of Things: smart thermostats can often integrate with other web-enabled home devices, like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, lights, appliances and more, to help you create a secure, cost-efficient, fully-automated domicile.

Curious to see what a smart thermostat can do?

Two American Modern associates, Scott and Joan, installed one in their own home. Click here to watch a video about their experience. Then, share it and spread the word about the availability of sustainable, cost-saving smart tech.

Now that our LivingWise home is nearing completion, our partners will begin using it as a test bed for fixing and replacing damaged smart home tech. Keep checking back to see some of those tests in action and learn why we should all consider coverage that protects our investments  in home innovation.