Choices, Choices, Choices! Programmable, Connected And Smart Thermostats
The number of homes with “regular” thermostats is dwindling. These now ancient thermostats are seen as quirky and vintage, as the age of programmable, connected and smart thermostats takes over. A recent Ipsos poll suggested that over half of Canadians—55% to be exact—are interested in installing a smart thermostat. However, when pushed, many people don’t understand the difference between the different thermostat choices available to them.
The Difference Between Programmable, Connected and Smart Thermostats:
Programmable: This is the new minimum standard in home thermostats. These touch screen units will digitally display the current temperature and program your HVAC system to turn on and off at predetermined times you select.
Connected: Connected thermostats take programmable units to the next level by including Wi-Fi capabilities. From a smartphone or computer, you’re able to wirelessly connect to your home comfort system to monitor or program your settings. Whether you’re at work or on vacation, you can always adjust your home’s temperature.
Smart: This is the top tier of thermostats. Not only can you program and connect to Wi-Fi, your thermostat “learns” from your habits and makes choices based on your presence about heating and cooling. Some models collect thousands of data points, including local weather, type of HVAC system being used, habits and lifestyle of family members and home location. With this information, your smart thermometer can make decisions on when to turn your home system on and off to maximize efficiency and comfort. The future is here!
We know that everyone’s needs are different and we are happy to carry a number of different thermostats for our clients. We carry different models of Nest, ecobee, Honeywell and Daikin thermostats so you can be sure that we have a product that is perfect for you.
The thermostat is the heart of your home comfort system and with the proper one installed, you can see improved efficiency and savings.
Martino HVAC has been designing, installing and repairing home comfort systems in the GTA and Quinte Regions for over 30 years.