Hot? Your thermostat’s got you covered. Cold? Yep, your thermostat’s getting ready to heat things up. That is if you have a smart thermostat. If you still have an old-school thermostat, you’re missing out on increased energy efficiency, cheaper utility bills, and remote access (on vacation and forgot to turn the AC down? All you need is your smartphone and voila, the temp is changed!).
So, what is a smart thermostat? It’s a Wi-Fi enabled device that automatically adjusts heating and cooling temperature settings for optimal performance, according to energystar.gov. You can control it from an app or website and it learns from your habits and identifies what temperatures you prefer and when. A smart thermostat also provides home energy data you can track and manage.