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How Smart Is Your Smart Thermostat?

Heating and cooling your home accounts for nearly half of your home’s energy cost. Smart thermostats have shown that they can help save money throughout the year because they offer more control over your home’s temperature and climate. Check out this article from HomeKeepr that talks about the advantages of a Smart Thermostat. Enjoy the article and give me a call if have any real estate needs.

Source: | Re-Post Houterloot 10/25/2018 –

In the Internet Age, it seems like almost anything is possible. There are cars that can drive themselves, microwaves that you can talk to and, of course, smart thermostats. For the average homeowner, that last one might not sound all that special, but there’s really a lot of “neat” coming out of that weird little thing that hangs on your wall and controls the complicated HVAC system in your home.

But have smart thermostats lived up to the hype? Or are they really just vanity gadgets that you can use to one-up your buddies when they come over to visit?

What Can a Smart Thermostat Really Do?

There are two things every thermostat has to be exceptionally good at or it’s just not worth the effort: first, it must be able to tell what the temperature is where it’s located. Secondly, it needs to be able to turn the HVAC system on and off. Considering these two basic functions, nearly any thermostat is a pretty good one by some standards.

Your basic tilt-switch based thermostat (sometimes called Mercury thermostats because at one point they pretty much all contained the metal that’s liquid at room temperature) can get the job done, but it relies on you to do an awful lot of work if you hope to maintain any sort of efficient usage of your heating and cooling equipment.

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Posted on October 25, 2018 at 2:33 pm by Tim Houterloot

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