Smart thermostats make it easier to operate HVAC systems and make your home comfortable. The thermostats can also save energy and reduce your bills. However, many types of thermostats exist, and some have more features than others. Discover innovative features that your thermostat should have.

Be Compatible With Other Smart Devices

Other smart devices in your home should be able to sync with your smart thermostat, making your HVAC an extension of your smart home network. The syncing process can happen through various communication protocols, such as WiFi and Bluetooth. This technology allows you to use your smartphone to control the temperature in your home.

Provide Energy Reports

Smart thermostats can track energy usage in your home and prepare a report. The report can also include information about the amount of money you spend on energy in a month. These reports can help you modify your energy usage habits and move towards sustainable habits. Some thermostats even make recommendations about how you can reduce energy usage in your home.

Have Automatic Software Updates

Technology always changes, and a thermostat can become outdated soon after you buy it. Smart thermostats usually have automatic software updates that allow you to use the latest software to control your HVAC. The updates will happen automatically via your home’s WiFi network and may contain extra security features to deter hacking.

Include Geofencing

Most smart thermostats have a corresponding mobile app that you can install on your phone. The mobile app has geofencing features that detect when you are away so that the thermostat can switch off the HVAC. The proximity sensors will then turn on the thermostats when you return. This feature is helpful when you go on vacation and forget to turn off the thermostat.

Have Smart Fan Activation

Some air conditioners may create temperature imbalances throughout your home. Smart thermostats have comfort functions and efficiency features to detect when some rooms are warmer than others. The thermostats will then automatically activate fans to modify warm air circulation to balance the temperature. The fan may also automatically run to adjust the humidity in your living space.

Have Climate Zoning

If your home is too large, your HVAC system may have problems regulating temperature throughout the house. If you can’t invest in smart fan activation, then consider thermostats with zoning abilities. Zoning abilities allow you to have different temperature settings in each room to make everybody comfortable. For instance, you can set a higher temperature in your bedroom to provide more warmth but allow the kitchen and the living room to remain cooler.

Setting different zoning systems in your home reduces energy wastage. You don’t have to heat or cool unused rooms.

Receive Alerts

If something goes wrong with your HVAC system, smart thermostats can alert you wherever you are. For example, if the temperature drops, a smart thermostat will give you a warning that some of the pipes may have frozen. You can then hire a plumber to identify the frozen pipes and fix the problem.

Have Auto Scheduling

Most smart thermostats allow homeowners to schedule temperature settings throughout the day and week. Some smart thermostats can even learn about your preferences and start developing a schedule without your input. Auto scheduling saves time and increases the comfort of your home.

Accept Voice Activation

The latest thermostats can detect and receive commands via voice activation. You don’t have to use your phone or touch the thermostats to change your HVAC temperature settings.

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