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5 Hacks to Get the Most Out of a Smart Thermostat

5 Hacks to Get the Most Out of a Smart Thermostat

Investing in a smart thermostat is, well, smart. Not only does this WiFi-connected device reduce your energy consumption, but it also enhances your comfort. But like all smart gadgets, there are hacks you can do to improve performance and convenience. Here are five.

1. Let it Know Your Whereabouts

You can operate your smart thermostats like any programmable thermostat, which is fine if you maintain a rigid schedule. However, a more efficient approach is to utilize its geofencing feature. By linking your smartphone’s GPS, the thermostat will adjust for maximum energy savings based on your location. It will ratchet down the heat while you’re away and bump it up again shortly before you arrive so that your home will be just as comfortable as you left it. Pretty slick.

2. Lock it Down With a Pin Code

If you have children or a spouse who always tamper with the thermostat, put an end to that by setting a pin code so that only you have access to the controls. This simple hack will finally resolve the thermostat wars and establish you as the Dictator Supreme of indoor comfort.

3. Control the Thermostat With Your Voice

Most smart thermostat models interface with Google Home, Amazon Echo, and other voice assistants. Simply tell Alexa or Google to adjust the temperature from the comfort of your couch.

4. Utilize the HVAC’s Fan

Your heating and cooling system’s fan runs when the air is on. However, some smart thermostats can be programmed to keep the fan spinning even when the air is off. Why would you want to do that? Because there’s still some warm or cool air remaining even after the system powers down. The fan will keep that conditioned air circulating to improve your comfort and increase efficiency.

5. Receive Alerts and Reminders

Wouldn’t it be good to know if your HVAC system isn’t operating correctly before a full-blown breakdown? Many smart thermostat models can be programmed to send alerts via text or email when the performance of your heating and cooling system is compromised. Even cooler, you can receive reminders when it’s time to replace the air filter or schedule an appointment for preventative maintenance.

Bottom line: A smart thermostat is the most convenient way to control comfort, and by taking full advantage of its functionality, you can expect to slash your heating and cooling bill. At Custom Cooling, we’re experts in smart comfort controls. To schedule an appointment, call (602) 428-9007.

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