Smart thermostats are all the rage these days, but many homeowners are confused about what advantages these devices provide besides space-age looks. After all, programmable thermostats can already be set to adjust your home to certain temperatures at particular times of the day. What makes smart thermostats better, and is it worth it to call a Gaithersburg heating repair serviceman to install one?
The main difference is that a smart thermostat learns your habits over time. Within a few days, it will be able to anticipate when you want your heater turned on and when you'd rather that the house cool off. Eventually you'll be able to count on your thermostat to warm up the house in time for your arrival, and it can shut things down as you're preparing to leave so that it can save energy.
The other principle difference between smart thermostats and simple programmable models is that you can typically control the smart ones with an iOS or Android app on your phone. For example, if you're at work and determine that you're going to be home later than usual, you can access your thermostat's controls over a WiFi or cellular connection and tell it not to heat up at 6 p.m. like it normally does.
These thermostats do tend to be more expensive. The Nest, which is one of the most popular smart thermostats, will set you back about $250, while a more conventional programmable thermostat runs between $30-50 depending on how advanced it is. If you're in the market for a new thermostat and aren't sure what type is best for you, give John C. Flood a call today and we can provide more details on each.