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Smart Thermostats (And the Smart Way to Use Them!)
From phones to TVs, it seems like everything is getting “smarter” these days. This is also true of the thermostats that can be used in any of the homes within the Ft Worth, TX, area. These handy devices, which can be affordably installed by trained Service One technicians, are now capable of doing more than just displaying the current household temperature and determining at what point your furnace or AC runs.

The smart thermostats that can be installed with Service One heating and air conditioning products include models from Nexia, Nest, and Honeywell. Let’s take a moment to explore these different choices and explain a bit more about how smart thermostats differ from standard ones.

Nexia Thermostat Pros and Cons

WiFi-connected Nexia smart thermostats have a compact, color touchscreen that display an assortment of data that includes indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity. Most models come with upgradable software, so won’t have to worry about being behind the times as thermostat technology evolves. Some other pros associated with Nexia thermostats, other than being able to monitor your home’s indoor climate from anywhere, include:

• Access to a five-day weather forecast and weather radar
• The option to display a single picture or an entire slideshow when not using the device to show temperature info (on some models)
• Easy-to-use user interface (on all models)
• The ability to create up to six daily heating and cooling schedules

Drawbacks: The only significant drawback is that this brand may not be right for you if you really don’t need or want a whole bunch of weather-related data displayed with your home’s temperature. Price can also be a concern, although you may be able to enjoy a decent return on your investment by improving the accuracy of your home’s heating and cooling settings.

Nest Thermostat Pros and Cons

Nest produced one of the first smart thermostats available for residential use, and they continue to make top-notch temperature monitoring devices. Specifically, what the Google-owned company offers is a top-quality thermostat that includes an abundance of appealing features, such as a large, print display and clear resolution that allows for easy viewing. Some other pleasing features include:

• Alerts if something is wrong with your unit
• WiFi connectivity and built-in rechargeable battery
• Complete control of settings from your smartphone
• Automatically adjusting the temperature in your home when the auto-away feature is used for times when you’re not at home

Drawbacks: It does not have remote temperature sensors, which means the temperature may not always be precise. It can also be a bit pricey — although potential savings could be as much as $145 a year, according to some estimates.

Honeywell Thermostat Pros and Cons

Probably the most recognizable name on this list, Honeywell has been producing thermostats for many years. Their smart thermostats include easy-to-use touchscreen displays, WiFi connectivity, and most models can be linked to Amazon’s Alexa. Companion smartphone apps are just as easy to use. Plus, there are plenty of traditional energy-saving features that could help reduce your heating and cooling costs. Additional pros associated with Honeywell’s smart thermostats include:

• On-screen alerts when problems with your heating/cooling unit are detected
• On-screen alerts when it’s time to change your filter
• Outdoor temperature and humidity is displayed
• All models are basically self-sufficient once programmed
• Compatibility with most smart home platforms

Drawbacks: A short warranty (below the industry average) and limited automatic scheduling features are the primary drawbacks of Honeywell’s smart thermostats. They also don’t have motion sensors to make adjustments when you enter a room — go with the Nest Learning Thermostat if you want this particular feature.

Traditional Thermostats vs. ‘Smart’ Ones

Traditional or regular thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature in your home by controlling when your furnace or air conditioning unit comes on. In other words, a traditional thermostat is simply a control panel for your heating and cooling system.

Programmable thermostats, like the smart ones available from Service One, on the other hand, allow you to set your preferred temperature and have the thermostat adjust it based on factors such as the time of day. The reason such thermostats are called “smart” is because they are able to learn your behaviors.

They can even self-adjust based on ambient conditions such as real-time temperatures and humidity levels. Smart thermostats are also highly controllable, often right down to the hour. Of course, this also means there are many smart ways to use smart thermostats, some of which include:

• Adjusting heating and cooling setting prior to arriving home so your house is nice and comfy when you arrive
• Managing features from your smartphone or via a Web app
• Seeing how much you are spending on heating and cooling
• Viewing accumulated data online or via an app to identify heating and cooling patterns to see where you can make adjustments to the programming to save money

Service One is your trusted source for heating and air conditioning repair services and heating and AC installation and replacement in Keller, TX, and nearby communities. We’re also the company you can call on to upgrade your thermostat to one with high-tech comfort features. If you plan to remain in your home for the foreseeable future, a smart thermostat can certainly be a wise, long-term investment that will likely pay for itself over time.

Contact Service One today to schedule an appointment with one of our service technicians to explore your options with smart thermostats.

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