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There’s been a lot of talk about smart thermostats lately; how popular they are, how they make great gifts, etc. But what is a smart thermostat, exactly? Despite this narrative that they’re all the rage, many American homeowners still don’t fully understand what they are or what they do.

On the most basic level, smart thermostats serve the same purpose as regular thermostats. That is to say that like your average programmable thermostat, they are used to adjust the temperature based on what time of day it is, what the weather is like outside, whether you’re going to be away from home for long, and your other general preferences. They can also be used to help save you money on utilities, with heating and cooling levels being changed based on your family’s needs.

The main difference is that smart thermostats essentially give you the ability to customize your comfort preferences even further. Most thermostats can be operated from your smartphone or tablet, so you can control them from anywhere. Say you know you’re not going to be home for a long time, you can use your phone to turn your thermostat off, thereby saving you more on your utility bills. Or, if it suddenly starts snowing while you’re at work for the day, you can raise the temperature in your home so it’s nice and toasty by the time you get back.

Some smart thermostats even go beyond remote capabilities. Certain brands learn your schedule and preferences, so you can spend less time worrying about programming the right temperature in your home and more time enjoying it. For instance, say you prefer the house to be several degrees cooler while you sleep—your smart thermostat can program itself to automatically make this adjustment every night! On top of this, recent innovations in home thermostats have even linked them to security systems, all in an effort to become an integral part of your modern, automated home.

At Donmar Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, our Sterling HVAC and plumbing pros provide all the smart thermostat assistance you need. We are proud to help homeowners install cutting-edge smart thermostats at a reasonable price. For technicians who can upgrade your home to the way of the future, call Donmar Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today.

Smart thermostats will only become more popular in the coming years! Contact us online for more information, or dial (703) 457-8676 to schedule service now.

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