What are Smart Thermostats? (And How Do They Work)

Most every home has at least one thermostat or two installed to control the temperature and keep you comfortable all year round.

However, people are getting more and more interested in smart thermostats because of their convenience.

What are smart thermostats you ask?

As your trusty companion, I’ll explain what smart thermostats are and how they work so you can decide if one is a good choice for your home or not.

What are Smart Thermostats?

Smart thermostats are a relatively newer product that is catching on with homeowners and landlords all over the world.

These devices have gained in popularity over the past five years, and many energy companies praise them for potentially helping save on heating costs all year round.

There are dozens of smart thermostat brands available today and it can be hard to choose which one is the best to get. To make it easier for you, I go over the top 5 cheapest smart thermostat options and what they can (and can’t) do for you.

Basically, a smart thermostat allows you to control your home’s thermostat remotely. They have several features that set them apart from traditional thermostats, and the convenience factor is one of the main draws for people who currently use a traditional thermostat and want to make the switch.

You can switch your heating on and off from your phone or device with the app, set it to switch off automatically or set it to regulate your home at a certain temperature.

Depending on the thermostat, you may also be able to look at your home’s energy consumption in real time. This can help you cut or reduce your energy bills as soon as you see an electricity spike or notice a pattern.

How Does a Smart Thermostat Work?

Now that you know what a smart thermostat is, you have to understand how it works.

This will allow you to fully appreciate everything that your new smart thermostat can do for you. Heating your home represents one of the biggest chunks of your home’s utility bills, and it can go up drastically in colder weather.

Once you install your smart thermostat, you connect it to your home’s Internet through a wireless connection. Most smart thermostats also come with a brand-specific app that you download onto your tablet or phone. The app will walk you through a step by step guide to set up your thermostat and program it the first time you open it.

The app allows you to take your thermostat with you wherever you go and switch it on or off from anywhere that has a stable Internet connection that you have access to. With a click of a button, you can adjust your thermostat’s temperature without having to touch the thermostat physically.

Also, some smart thermostats let you program it to automatically switch on, switch off, or adjust itself depending on the temperature outside and inside. It’ll work just like your regular thermostat. The difference, however, is that you can do this all from your phone or tablet instead of being home and manually adjusting the thermostat.

Other smart thermostats can start to control themselves by tracking you through GPS or picking up on any patterns you may have. This learning feature allows your thermostat to be lower during the day and to switch on when you’re on your way home, so you have a warm house to come back to.

Again, not all smart thermostats do this. This is why it’s important to read about all of the features you can get and comparing various smart thermostats to see which one has the most features you want.

You may also be able to get a smart thermostat that gives you a detailed breakdown of your home’s energy consumption with reports so you can track your usage.

All of these smaller features can add up and help you save money all year round. Investing in an Energy Star certified smart thermostat is also a good idea. The potential savings are another reason why smart thermostats have gained in popularity so quickly over the past five years.

So, how do smart thermostats work? Now you have the answer in addition to how they differ from traditional thermostats. Hopefully, this post gave you enough information to help you make a decision on whether or not this type of thermostat will work for your home or if you should stay with your traditional one.

Your pal,
Trusty Joe