Is a Smart Thermostat Right for Your Home?

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Technology has continued to make life more convenient for people. In the past few years, these innovations have been brought into the home in the form of smart products. Smart thermostats are some of the newest smart products for the home, and some people may still be skeptical.

Cates Heating and Cooling is here to help educate you about smart thermostats and all that they can really do for your household.

What Are Smart Thermostats?

Like all thermostats, smart thermostats control the temperatures in your home. However, smart thermostats allow users to connect their thermostats to the Internet. Internet-connected thermostats can be controlled from anywhere the user can connect to the Internet. Being able to control a thermostat from hundreds of miles away means that users can now have constant access to the temperature of their home.

Over time, smart thermostats learn patterns of behavior in order to better serve your daily temperature needs. Like other programmable thermostats, smart thermostats give you control that an ordinary thermostat couldn’t. However, smart thermostats take this functionality to a whole new level. If you have always wanted to have complete control over the temperature of your home, regardless of where you are, smart thermostats are for you.

Smart thermostats are usually stand-alone pieces that are part of a larger smart home collection of products. If you are interested in a smart home, a smart thermostat is a great place to start, as it will help save you money and act as an introduction to the rest of the smart items that you can buy for your home. Products such as smart lighting, smart security, and smart smoke detectors are also available.

Why Are People Buying Smart Thermostats?

smart thermostat appThe main reason that people are considering the switch to a smart thermostat is the cost-savings. Being able to control the temperature of your home from nearly anywhere means that on day three of your vacation, if you notice the temperature in your hometown is lower than you anticipated, you can reset your thermostat to run at a lower temperature as well. You can even use vacation mode so you don’t mess up your current settings on the smart thermostat.

While smart thermostats are costlier than their “dumb” counterparts, they give you the ability to save more on your energy bill than ever before. Typically, smart thermostats pay for themselves after the first two years. The larger your home, the more you are likely to save with a smart thermostat. Saving energy while saving money is a huge bonus for many smart thermostat users.

With a smart thermostat, you can easily program the temperatures you want at different times of the day. Do you like lower temperatures while you sleep? Do you want the temperature to automatically rise when you leave for work for the day, but still be the perfect temperature when you get home? With a smart thermostat, the options are endless and simple.

Using a smart thermostat also means that you can track and analyze the way you use energy in your home. A monthly report can show you exactly when you are using your heater or air conditioning and how you can make changes to save more money in the future.

What to Know About Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are new, which means that not all homes will have the correct technology to support a smart thermostat. You need to be sure that your current HVAC system can support a smart thermostat. If not, you will waste your money buying a smart thermostat that you can’t use. Before purchasing a smart thermostat, visit the manufacturer’s website to see what systems are compatible. If you need help figuring out what your current HVAC system is, or if you want to upgrade your HVAC system, call Cates Heating and Cooling for help.

If you aren’t tech-savvy, a smart thermostat may be difficult to learn to operate. While they are fairly simple to use, getting them connected to the Internet and operating them from your smartphone can be a pain for people who aren’t comfortable using technology. Having a basic understanding of the technological benefits of a smart thermostat and how to utilize them is key before owning a smart thermostat.

If you already have a programmable thermostat, purchasing a smart thermostat may not save you much money. While you can’t get all the bells and whistles with a programmable thermostat, they offer very similar savings benefits. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, however, a smart thermostat may be the way to go.

While smart thermostats are the newest thing in the thermostat world, there aren’t many options out there just yet. Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell, and Hive are the most popular smart thermostats at the moment. In the next few years, we will probably see an increase in the options available.

Installing a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats can be a little tricky to set up. While many people have done it themselves, it is easier to leave installation to a professional. Cates Heating and Cooling is here to help those in the Kansas City Metro Area install their new smart thermostats.

If you would like help with smart thermostat installation or any other HVAC needs, call Cates Heating and Cooling at 913-888-4470, or send an email to