Posted: March 18, 2023 at 11:35 am
By: Lakes Region HVAC
New heating and cooling technology arrives every year to make HVAC more efficient and effective. However, it can be challenging for a consumer to sort through what technology is worth investing in and what is not.
Programmable thermostats evolved into smart thermostats, and now smart thermostats have increased their features to include geofencing technology. When smart thermostats first hit the market, they revolutionized how we can control and monitor our home heating and cooling systems. Now, with the integration of geofencing technology, these thermostats have become even more sophisticated, offering a more personalized and efficient experience. But is this new feature right for you? Let's find out.
Geofencing technology creates a virtual boundary around your property using GPS coordinates, and then a geofencing thermostat can track if you are within that boundary by connecting to your smartphone. The thermostat will adjust the temperature in your home to match your preference when you are within the boundary or "geofence" around your house. When you leave the property, your thermostat will adjust the temperature settings to save energy. This feature helps you avoid fidgeting with the thermostat, which taxes your HVAC unit and raises your utility bill. You can connect your thermostat to multiple smartphones, so your home is always at the perfect temperature when anyone is home. You will still be able to set a schedule, like you can with a programmable thermostat, to avoid steep increases or decreases in temperature. Slow and incremental changes in temperature are the goal, as this will be the kindest to your equipment and allow your HVAC system to run at peak efficiency. Many people enjoy this feature if they have a different temperature preference when sleeping. Your smart thermostat with geofencing won't interfere with any pre-programmed schedules.
You no longer have to manually adjust the temperature when you enter or leave your home. Instead, your smart thermostat will take care of everything for you, ensuring your home is continuously operating at the most comfortable setting for your family.
By automatically adjusting the temperature when you are away from home, you can reduce energy use and lower monthly energy costs without sacrificing your comfort when you get home from a long day at work or have just arrived home from a trip.
Many find the geofencing feature helpful if they're on vacation or only use the house seasonally. Suppose you're away from home for an extended period. In that case, the thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature to prevent damage from freezing or overheating, which can lead to pipes bursting or mold growth.
If you don't own a smartphone, geofencing technology is not going to be a utilized feature. Another important note is that you should check to make sure the geofencing thermostat is compatible with the model of smartphone you own.
Smart thermostats, in general, including those with geofencing technology, are more expensive than traditional thermostats. However, putting funds towards the geofencing thermostat can ultimately save more money in the long term with lower energy bills.
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