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  • There is something about coming in from the dark on a bitterly cold day into a warm home. But even when you want some convenience that helps you escape from the murderous clutches of nature, and a painstakingly cold house in winter, you don’t want your pump running all day long when no one is home. At the end of the end, if you’re like most people, you want to conserve electricity. Modern thermostats are the remedy to freezing houses and unnecessary use of electricity. Newer thermostats have capabilities that allow you to turn your HVAC system on as you leave your office and by the time you get to the house, your house will be a lovely 72 degrees- exactly what you need.

    Traditional thermostat can either be programmable or non-programmable. Although Non-programmable thermostats are usually cheaper than their counterparts, they are very antiquated. To either heat or cool your house, non-programmable thermostats require you to set the temperatures manually, and this can lack exactness. Programmable thermostats on the other hand feature a digital interface which allows time period programming. This type automatically adjusts the temperatures based on time and you can have multiple settings per day. However, programmable thermostats may count as a type of automation, but they aren’t exactly smart. Both programmable and non-programmable thermostats don’t come close to the  convenience modern Wi-Fi thermostats offer.

    Smart thermostats have revolutionized how homeowners now heat and cool their houses. Smart thermostats come with added features that include remote programming, improved efficiency, and feedback, geofencing, learning and alerts. Once you sync the thermostat with a Wi-Fi- router, you will have access to the HVAC setting from your computer, smartphone or tablet which means you can operate your system from anywhere.  There are three mains types of thermostat tech: geofencing, algorithms and motion sensors.

    Geofencing feature Allows you to set a range of 3 miles to 30 so that when you leave that radius, your thermostat automatically sets to Away mode and as you near that mode, it returns back to Home mode and sets your home temperatures comfortable to prepare for your arrival.

    Algorithms feature allows you to input the basic parameters for your schedule. This is similar to how a traditional programmable model works. The difference is that smart thermostats, over time, have an ability to pick your schedule and automatically adapt to changing patterns. For instance, the thermostat may notice that you’re normally out of the house at a particular time. It will them pick up this pattern and adjusts its schedule accordingly.

    Remote sensors just like the name sounds rely on proximity sensors and motion. If the sensors detect that you’re near, it switches into home mode and vice versa is also true. Placing the remote sensor where there’s most traffic in your house will make its Home and Away mode accurate. Of course, just like the rest of the tech features, this one is also not perfect. Remote sensors entirely depending on your physical presence to trigger the sensors which means that when you’re out of range, the sensors assume you’re out.

    Configuration will vary depending on your HVAC system model however, each smart thermostat will ask you some common questions that cut across. Questions such as what system you have, your fuel source and so on. For more information on how to set your HVAC thermostat,air conditioning system professionals of Classic Air Conditioning, New Braunfels will be happy to help.