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What is a Smart Thermostat?

Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat has a full range of programming options, allowing homeowners to schedule a series of automatic temperature changes throughout a day or a week. When programmed correctly, a smart thermostat can reduce HVAC usage while the whole family is at work or school during the day or away on vacation for a week or two. By programming the thermostat in advance, there is less of a need to make manual adjustments, and you reduce the risk of wasting energy by letting the HVAC run in an empty house.


This device can also connect to a home's Wi-Fi network, which allows homeowners to log in remotely in order to make adjustments from nearly anywhere. Many models can even sync with a smartphone app to make real-time or scheduled temperature adjustments from afar. With a Wi-Fi connection, the thermostat can monitor weather forecasts and make temperature-related changes accordingly, so it doesn't use more energy than necessary.

Benefits of Smart Thermostats

  • Helps save energy by automating a home's climate control
  • Can lower a household's overall energy usage
  • Helps monitor energy usage using energy reports
  • Makes adjustments on the go with a Wi-Fi connection
  • Adjusts automatically based on weather conditions