How to Choose a Smart Thermostat

March 16, 2018
Smart Home Thermostat

When it comes to controlling your home’s temperature, you can’t beat a smart thermostat. Smart technology is something every homeowner in Overton, Texas, can appreciate. But how can you choose the right smart thermostat for your home? Read on to find out.

Consider Your HVAC System

Not every smart thermostat model works with every HVAC system. Therefore, you must perform research before rushing to select a model for your home.

For example, some models might only support variable-speed systems instead of two-stage heat pumps. Plus, if you have a separate heating and cooling system, you’ll sometimes need separate thermostats for each. Ask your HVAC service technician which smart thermostat models are compatible with your home’s HVAC system.

Prioritize Features

Programmable and smart thermostats offer a variety of features. Since you want to get the most bang for your buck, you’ll want to prioritize which features are essential and narrow down your options.

Some smart thermostats boast automated temperature changes that learn your routine through geofencing software, scheduling temperature changes automatically. As a result, you’ll rarely have to worry about changing it yourself.

Other handy features include automatic changeover switches, intuitive screen prompts, app and voice control, and filter-change reminders. Investing in a quality thermostat with extra features can help you consume less energy. As a result, you’ll benefit from lower utility bills. And the thermostat will eventually pay for itself.

Consider Zoning Your Home

Smart thermostats are designed to control the temperature based on where they’re installed. This can lead to temperature discrepancies between rooms, making it difficult to please the entire family.

One way to eliminate this problem is to zone your home with multiple thermostats. If your current HVAC setup is compatible, discuss zoning options with your HVAC service technician. You can install thermostats on every floor to manage these temperatures separately.

Inspect Your Wiring

Most programmable thermostats work with low-voltage wires, which are common in older heating systems. But newer smart models typically require C-wire to provide continuous power for those extra features. If your home doesn’t have C-wire, you might be able to use a model with a power adapter.

Improve your home’s comfort and indoor air quality with a smart thermostat. Call JD’s A/C at (903) 759-7483. In addition to providing excellent customer service, we offer a range of high-quality products that can make your home smarter.

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