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3 Reasons You Need a Smart Thermostat

Wild and unpredictable weather can wreak havoc on a home's heating and cooling system. Temperature extremes outside can limit the ability of our HVAC systems to properly heat and cool our homes. For instance, a cold morning but warm afternoon, means coming home to a house that feels like an oven. Similarly, cold days might mean walking into an ice cave.

This is why we have thermostats. The sole purpose of a thermostat is to regulate a home's HVAC unit. Standard thermostats are hardwired into an HVAC unit's air system or furnace and have the ability to turn off a heating or cooling system once it reaches a set temperature. While many standard thermostats are programmable, smart thermostats operate with expanded capabilities, including remote access via Wi-Fi and sensor technology that makes them more efficient than traditional thermostats.

Advanced technology ensures that smart thermostats will become standard for most homes, so let's see the best reasons to purchase a smart thermostat today.

1. Energy Efficient and Saves Money

Smart thermostats appeal to homeowners for two reasons: One, they're energy efficient and two, they save homeowners a ton of money in the long-term. Smart thermostats are equipped with "algorithmic learning," meaning the unit can learn about your heating and cooling habits and adjust settings accordingly. For example, a smart thermostat will self-adjust your away-mode setting if it has learned that your schedule has changed.

All of these automatic adjustments help homeowners save both energy and money. Instead of an HVAC unit wastefully using energy to heat or cool a home, smart thermostats help those units regulate themselves more efficiently than a traditional thermostat.

While smart thermostats cost more than traditional units, homeowners save more on heating and cooling costs in the long-term. Experts suggest that the average homeowner will save up to 12 percent in heating savings, and 15 percent in cooling savings.

2. Better Access and Control

The most important difference between a smart thermostat and a traditional unit is its accessibility. Smart thermostats connect to a homeowner's Wi-Fi network, so adjustments can be made via mobile app or a computer. Homeowners have better control over their thermostats settings when they are away from home.

Smart thermostats also offer information on your HVAC system that wouldn't be available from a regular thermostat. For example, most smart thermostats are equipped with a large display or LCD touchscreen that offers details about your system's operation. Some smart thermostats can remind homeowners when to change air filters or send alerts when something requires attention.

Additionally, smart thermostats have the ability to assess environmental changes outside and adjust a home's internal settings automatically. Sensor technology can detect when anyone is home and further alter temperature settings, all without human intervention.

3. Increase the Longevity of an HVAC System

One of the greatest benefits of a smart thermostat is that it helps increase the longevity of a homeowners HVAC system. By regulating your home's heating and cooling system, the HVAC unit gets a break instead of running continuously. HVAC systems are sturdy, but they aren't built to last forever. Using a smart thermostat will increase the life of your HVAC system and save you money in the long run.

If you're interested in installing a smart thermostat in your home today, visit us at

Henry Bush Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. Our 120 years of service in the heating and cooling industry means we have the expertise, service, and determination to help with all your heating and cooling needs. are committed to keeping your home as comfortable as possible.