If you want to control the temperature of your home remotely from your computer or smartphone, a connected or “smart” thermostat might be the way to go. But if you have a regular routine, a traditional programmable thermostat could be the better option.
A smart thermostat connects to wifi and allows you to change the temperature with an app on your smartphone. Most models also work with virtual assistants such as Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, so you can change the setting with your voice. Most smart thermostats have simple controls and touch screens to make programming easy. Some also can factor in your local weather and learn your temperature preferences.
More traditional programmable thermostats are still a great option, especially for people who aren’t as tech savvy. Easy-to-program thermostats can be set for multiple days at a time, so you don’t have to change the temperature in the morning or before you go to bed. Keep in mind that programmable thermostats are not recommended for heat pumps.
No matter what kind of thermostat you choose, it’s important to have it properly and safely installed by an HVAC contractor to ensure it will work with your existing system. Air Services can handle the installation for you and show you how to use the settings and controls.
Your Air Services technician also will recommend the best location in the home for your thermostat and determine whether one can control the whole house or whether you’ll need multiple units for the various heating or cooling zones in your home.