Smart Thermostats: Myths vs. Facts

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Smart Thermostats: Myths vs. Facts

Because smart thermostats are a relatively new technology, there’s often confusion about what, exactly, they are. Allow us to clear up some misunderstandings.

Myth: Every thermostat is a smart thermostat.

Fact: While you may see many thermostats at your local retailers branded as “smart,” it’s important to note that not all modern-looking thermostats fit the bill. Wi-Fi or connected thermostats are thermostats that can be controlled remotely through a Wi-Fi or internet connection, and programmable thermostats can adjust home heating and cooling equipment according to a pre-set schedule—but neither are smart thermostats.

Smart thermostats are Wi-Fi enabled and have programmable functionality. They also can learn your temperature preferences and establish a schedule that automatically adjusts to energy-saving temperatures when you are asleep or away.

Myth: Every smart thermostat is ENERGY STAR® certified.

Fact: Manufacturers who apply to have their products certified through the ENERGY STAR program put their products through rigorous testing to ensure they meet high performance requirements.

Myth: Smart thermostats require professional installation.

Fact: Each manufacturer provides detailed guides to help you install your new smart thermostat, all by yourself. There are also manufacturer-specific installation videos with step-by-step instructions.

We offer instant discounts on ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats from trusted brands like ecobee, Emerson, and Google Nest.

You can learn more about these thermostats’ features by using this handy comparison tool.

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