A smart thermostat is not only practical, it’s also slowly becoming a necessity. Any heating and air expert can tell you that a smart thermostat unlocks a myriad of capabilities you could only dream of getting with older devices.
In addition to programmability, the main selling point of programmable thermostats, a smart model can adjust temperature settings on its own based on your comfort preferences. It can also self-diagnose potential HVAC issues to prompt you to perform the necessary maintenance before these issues turn into real problems. In addition, remote access is also a useful feature if you want to control your thermostat when away from home.
A smart thermostat is not for everyone, but considering the factors below will help you decide if its the right product for you.
Smart thermostats generally work only with low-voltage (24 volt) HVAC systems. Usually, these are the central heating and cooling systems that regulate the indoor climate of the entire house. If you have designated HVAC units for individual rooms, smart thermostats may not be compatible with them due to wiring differences.
Changing thermostats may affect the look of your wall. This isn’t as common when replacing an old device with a new one, which will generally be bigger. Your project may damage the wallpaper or paint and merit a wall repair. If you don’t want to use a wall plate to cover the eyesore, you may wind up spending more money than you initially had planned on.
Should you hire a professional installer or try to do it yourself? While there’s no shortage of how-to videos on thermostat installation on the internet, it’s advisable to leave the job to a qualified technician. You can’t afford to botch the job, for electrical work comes with many dangers. While the cost of labor is another expense you’ll have to contend with, you can’t put a price on safety.
Enhance Your Heating and Air System With a Smart Thermostat
Determine whether your existing heating and air system lends itself to a smart thermostat upgrade. Call M & M Heating & Air Conditioning Service Co. at (209) 952-6580 or fill out this form to talk about your project.