What is Smart Thermostat?
A smart thermostat is a thermostat that can be controlled with a phone, tablet, smart speaker, or other internet-connected devices. Smart thermostats typically allow you to schedule your desired temperature settings, and you can also incorporate them into home automation systems.
Is a smart thermostat worth buying?
With a smart thermostat, you can make the most of your heating system without wasting money or energy. Almost half of the monthly energy costs are controlled by your thermostat.
How do you use a smart thermostat?
Do you save money and energy with a smart thermostat?
Yes, Smart thermostats save you money simply by cooling and heating the home only as much as needed. Using features like learning, scheduling, geofencing, by diagnosing problems with the system, and by reminding you of when it’s time to perform maintenance, your HVAC system runs more efficiently and uses less energy. Room sensors can also reduce energy consumption by heating and cooling specific areas more accurately.
Who can install a smart thermostat?
Many newer homes have a C-wire, but some older ones don't. In those cases, homeowners should hire a professional electrician to install one or, if that's not an option, select a smart thermostat that offers an alternative method of powering the unit.
Features of Smart Thermostat
Smart schedule: The Nest Learning Thermostat learns the more you use it, so it can start building a temperature schedule based on your habits.
Geolocation: It also knows when you’ve left home using your phone’s location, meaning it can turn the heating down when no-one’s in – helping you prevent energy wastage
Nest Leaf: The Nest Leaf feature lets you know when you’ve changed the temperature enough to start saving energy
Sensors: The device also houses a number of sensors to track the home’s temperature, humidity, and whether anyone’s at home
Multi-zone: With Nest, you can control up to 20 thermostats in your home, and you can control Nest in three homes from your account
Hot water control: You can control your hot water tank through the Nest app too. You can boost the heat so that you have extra hot water if you want it. And when you’re away from home for a few days, you don’t have to remember to turn off the hot water.
Safety alerts: Get an alert on your phone or tablet if your home gets dangerously hot or cold
Early-on - Nest learns how your home warms up and keeps an eye on the weather to get you the temperature you want when you want it
Farsight: When the Nest thermostat spots you across the room, it lights up beautifully to show you the temperature you've set or the time
Nest learning thermostat works with 95% of 24-Volt heating and cooling systems, including gas, electric, forced air, heat pump, radiant, oil, hot water, solar and geothermal
Better together: the Nest thermostat works with Nest protect, if Nest Protect detects dangerous carbon monoxide gas, it can tell the Nest thermostat to turn off the furnace which is a common source of carbon monoxide leaks
Remote control: Connect it to Wi-Fi to change the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop
Energy History: See when heating and cooling were on and what affected your energy use