Smart thermostats are quickly becoming some of the most popular home technologies. If you’re thinking about installing one in your Columbia, Georgia, home, there are a few things you should think of before you choose your model. Compatibility is one of the most important considerations when selecting a smart thermostat. Here’s a quick guide to help get you started!

Electrical

Check if your existing thermostat has wiring that will support a smart thermostat. Unless you’re willing to get your wiring redone or want to move your thermostat location, it’ll save you a lot of time and money if the wiring is already ready to support a smart thermostat. Each thermostat has specific requirements that you can easily check on their brands’ websites or consult with your HVAC technician.

Smartphone

Your smartphone can be connected to many Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostats. This allows you to set your temperature while away from home to ensure you aren’t wasting energy or that your home is comfortable by the time you get back. In addition, many smart thermostats allow you to check your electricity usage, which is great for efficiency-minded homeowners. Most smartphones today, including iPhone and Android, are compatible with these systems, but it’s important to check first.

Home Automation

Finally, if you use home automation, many smart thermostats can be hooked into these systems. Using if-this-then-that—or ITTT—commands, you can set up your thermostat to change temperatures or kick on depending on your geotagged location. However, not all smart thermostats are compatible with home automation technology. If you’re interested in creating a home automation network, you’ll want to be sure that everything can work together. Each home automation base, such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa, comes with a list of compatible devices that can be used in conjunction.

If you’re interested in getting a smart thermostat for your home, give the experts at Krantz Kooling and Heating a call at 803-228-7253 to set up a consultation today!

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