Find out what features to look for in a smart thermostat
With new tech popping up every day, there’s no definitive answer on which smart thermostat is right for your home. But we can give you some solid questions to consider as you shop. We also want to applaud you for thinking smart. According to Energy Star, you’ll likely save at least $100 a year on your energy bill when you install a smart thermostat.
What is a Smart Thermostat?
Before smart thermostats, the hottest tech was the programmable thermostat. This type of thermostat automatically adjusts based on the schedule you set up to help you save money on energy expenses. But like all good tech, thermostats keep getting better (and smarter!)
Smart thermostats still have the energy-saving features of a traditional programmable thermostat, but take it to the next level. They use a WiFi connection to let you manage your home’s heating and cooling directly from your smartphone, tablet or desktop. And they’re so smart they can even learn your temperature preferences, know when you’re at home or away and factor in your local weather.
The payoff of getting a smart thermostat is more efficient temperature settings that can save energy dollars in the long run. Plus, you can control your smart thermostat whenever and wherever you want. Ready to shop? Read on to find out what features to look for.
3 Things to Consider When Shopping for a Smart Thermostat
- Are looks important?
If you’re a tech junkie, you may prefer designs that resemble the sleek look of Apple devices to add an upscale touch to your decor. If you care more about what’s on the inside, a device with plastic casing will work just fine.
Keep in mind packaging doesn’t affect thermostat performance. Every product may look a little different, so be sure to compare functionality to find the perfect one for you.
- Are you obsessed with saving energy?
You may want a device with superior data tracking and reporting, if efficiency and energy savings at home are your must-haves. Any smart thermostat is likely to save money on your energy bills. But systems that can observe your behavior, discover patterns and program themselves accordingly will add more nuances to your efficiency. Remember, buying Energy Star qualified appliances can make shopping easier when you want to be extra confident that your home’s energy efficient.
- Will it work with your HVAC system?
First, determine if your heating system is a furnace or heat pump. Most models work with both, but you may have to set up the device differently depending on your system. It’s smart to know up front which type of system you have, so you can check the thermostat packaging to make sure it’s compatible.
Second, find out if you have a C-wire. The C-wire provides continuous power for your smart thermostat display and WiFi connectivity. Roughly 40% of homes have this fifth C-wire, also called common wire. If you don’t have one or aren’t sure, you should consult an HVAC technician.
Making Your Final Decision
It’s wise to shop around and evaluate your criteria when making big home purchases, especially smart home technology. You can always count on Trane connected thermostats to help make smart home automation easier. The Trane ComfortLink™ II XL1050 has a 7” large color touchscreen and can gather and display live weather data. Its multi-system controls allow you to adjust the temperature in different rooms and floors from different locations.
When you pair it with the Nexia smart home system you can adjust your home’s temperature directly from your smartphone or other web-enabled device. As a bonus, Nexia diagnostics can monitor your HVAC system in real time and alert your Trane dealer if there is a problem.