A Beginner’s Guide to Smart Home Tech: Energy Control

After improved home security, saving energy is the second most popular reason for installing smart home technology. That makes a lot of sense since it is one of the most powerful and helpful tools in energy conservation available today. But smart home technologies can seem complex and intimidating if you are new to them, and many people new to them have many questions especially as it relates to heating and cooling.

Where it all Begins. Smart Thermostats

The right smart thermostat can save you hundreds of dollars in energy costs each year, and more when coupled with other smart home technologies. But what exactly is a smart thermostat? Let us break it down.

Smart vs Programmable

First, don’t confuse a smart thermostat with a programmable thermostat. Though you may sometimes see the term used interchangeably and the two have some things in common, there are differences. A programmable thermostat has settings you can use throughout the day. A smart thermostat allows you to control and monitor your thermostat automatically and remotely and respond to certain cues to help reduce your energy consumption and lower your energy costs.

It’s All in the Components

There are three important components that make smart thermostats intelligent.

  1.       Innovative controls. Smart thermostats are far easier to operate than standard programmable thermostats and able to be controlled from more than one interface.
  2.       Sensors. In addition to temperature sensors, smart thermostats are usually equipped with additional sensors such as motion sensors or remote temperature sensors for other rooms.
  3.       Automation. Smart thermostats turn information gained from the sensors into automatic actions. This is what allows the thermostat to respond to and learn your activity patterns or react in real time to make things comfortable according to your preferences.

Smart Thermostat Tips for Buyers

  •         Ask about the thermostat’s sensors. The more sensors, the more it is able to read and respond to your activity and needs.
  •         Ask about what powers the platform. A whole-home platform integrates the thermostat into a complete home ecosystem connected to other devices.
  •         Installation is tricky. It is best to have knowledge of heating and cooling systems as well as electrical wiring to avoid damaging your HVAC system. Most times it is best left to the professionals.

While complex in nature and technology, smart technologies are easy to use and integrate into your life. If you have questions about smart home technologies and want to learn more, feel free to call GuardMe Security today. We have been serving the community with custom integrated home security systems since 1997.

Craig Metzger
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