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How do smart thermostats work in Austin?

December 12, 2022
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Consider being able to control your home’s heating and cooling systems by saying a command or by using an app on your cell phone. Now, take it even further and think about having a device that is able to actually learn your preferred settings and adjust automatically. As you will see, smart thermostats are beneficial technological advancements capable of adding convenience, energy savings, and even safety to your home. Keep reading to get a better idea how they work and what they might do for you.

How do smart thermostats compare to standard models?

Even though smart thermostats give you a bevy of beneficial features, they are comparable in a couple of ways to the models we grew up using. For example, they are wired right to your HVAC system. You can also manually manipulate the temperature by touching the hardware attached to your wall. But that’s pretty much where the similarities conclude.

Austin smart thermostats connect to your home’s wireless network

You can summarize the difference between regular thermostats and smart models in two words - wireless internet. By having this connection to the internet, you’re able to gain a new level of access and control. Basically, you may adjust your HVAC system from any location. Did you not remember to turn down the temperature when leaving on a trip? No problem. Just open the easy-to-use Vivint app on your mobile device and take care of it. There are various other things you can do with the app, including:

  • Switch between cooling and heating
  • Change your system to a preprogrammed mode such as home, vacation, or sleep
  • Turn your fan on or off
  • Receive alerts when comfort levels are automatically or manually adjusted

Change comfort levels by simply speaking a directive

Your internet connection allows for an additional amazing bonus as you are able to sync your device to an Amazon or Google smart speaker. If you would like to keep comfortable on a chilly winter night and you don’t want to get up from your snug spot on the sofa, just give a command like ”Hey Google, set the temperature to 73 degrees”.

Vivint Smart Thermostat can adjust automatically

The Vivint Smart Thermostat actually takes convenience to a higher level by turning to its built-in Smart Assistant. When set up within your smart home, the thermostat can use in-home sensors and other functionality like geolocation to determine if you’re at home or not. In addition, this smart piece of equipment will actually note your preferences and adjust accordingly. To illustrate, if you generally prefer things to be cooler over night, the thermostat will discern that and adjust it for you.

Built-in safety precaution to limit fire

The automated capability also impacts your safety. The Vivint Smart Thermostat includes an emergency HVAC shutoff when fire is found to control the spread of smoke and flames. You might also set it to automatically activate the exhaust fan to assist in venting your property.

Reduce your energy bills in Austin

Your smart thermostat’s ability to adjust HVAC settings automatically and your ability to modify them remotely isn’t just nice to have, it’s a plus for your pocketbook. If you tweak temperatures between 5 to 10 degrees for whenever you’re not there, you are able to save a good deal - up to 10% on utility expenses.

Customize your own Austin smart home

Now that you have more insight into how smart thermostats work in Austin, it’s time to integrate one into your residence. The Vivint home security specialists are here to show you the way. Place a call to (512) 229-9684 or complete the form on this page to get started.