3 Types of Smart Thermostats Available Today

October 20, 2020

Smart thermostats are popular because of their features, functionality and ability to save money on energy bills. You can make an informed decision about what type of smart thermostat to get by knowing a few things about them.

1. Motion Sensor Thermostat

This type of smart thermostat uses algorithms in a few ways. They usually come with one sensor; but you can install more. If the sensors detect motion, the thermostat goes into ‘Home’ mode. The thermostat goes into ‘Away’ mode if the sensors don’t detect motion for a period of time.

This thermostat learns your schedule. Your home’s temperature will be adjusted based on the times you’re regularly away or at home. You can override this through an app, such as when you’re home but staying in a room where there isn’t a motion detector.

2. Geofencing Thermostat

This type of smart thermostat keeps track of where your phone is in order to decide if you’re home or away. You can set the range anywhere from 500 feet to seven miles. It detects when you’re coming home so the temperature can be adjusted accordingly.

There are two things to be aware of with this type of thermostat. It doesn’t work well if two people in the house have the app installed on their phone. The thermostat may also trigger ‘Home’ mode if you’re working nearby.

3. Automated Vent Controllers

With some smart thermostats, you can zone your home. The thermostat can close and open individual vents. If nobody is in a room, the thermostat shuts the vent so the room doesn’t receive conditioned air. It can also control vents if rooms get warmer or cooler than what you want.

The team at Vent Masters in Carefree, AZ, is very familiar with the different smart thermostats available and their installation. We’re a full-service HVAC company that installs, repairs and maintains both heaters and air conditioners. We can also help you with your ventilation, indoor air quality, ductwork and new construction. Please contact us today to find out more. We look forward to serving all of your indoor home comfort needs.

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