What to Know Before Switching to a Smart Thermostat 

smart home smart thermostat app on a smart phone

Smart thermostats have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their convenience, energy efficiency, and ability to learn your habits and preferences. We have seen many homeowners switch to smart thermostats in the Brunswick, Georgia area when looking to improve their home comfort and save money on energy bills.  

Not sure if you want to make the switch? Our HVAC pros at HendrixAir have created a list of things you should be aware of before deciding. (Or simply call us and we’ll talk you through all the ins-and-outs of smart thermostats.) 

Revolutionize Home Climate Control with a Smart Thermostat 

Before installing a smart thermostat in your home, there are a few pros and cons to be aware of. They include: 

  • Compatibility with Your HVAC System 
  • Learning Curve 
  • Wi-Fi Connection 
  • Privacy Concerns 
  • Integration with Other Smart Home Devices 

Let’s take a look at each! 

Compatibility with Your HVAC System 

Before purchasing a smart thermostat, it’s important to ensure that it’s compatible with your existing heating and cooling system. Some older systems may not work with certain smart thermostats, so it’s important to do your research before making a purchase.  

Some smart thermostats require a C-wire for power, which some older systems may not have. If you have a newer home, you’ll likely be safe here. In case you do not have a C-wire, you’ll need a professional HVAC technician to install a new wire to provide power to the thermostat. 

Learning Curve 

Smart thermostats are designed to learn your habits and preferences over time to optimize energy usage and improve home comfort.  

It may take a few weeks or even months for the thermostat  

to fully understand your routine.  

During your thermostat’s learning period, you may need to make adjustments to the temperature manually, which can be frustrating for some homeowners since it may be expected to work on its own from the start. Just remember to be patient and give the thermostat enough time to learn so you can fully benefit from its energy-saving features. 

Need help making the switch? > Schedule an appointment with our pros! 

Wi-Fi Connection 

Smart thermostats rely on an internet connection to function properly. This means that if your internet goes down, your thermostat may not be able to communicate with your HVAC system, and you may not be able to control it remotely.  

Some smart thermostats also have a backup battery that can keep them running for a short period in the event of an internet outage, but it’s important to be aware of this potential issue so you can create a backup plan if ever needed. 

Privacy Concerns 

Smart thermostats collect data about your habits and preferences to optimize energy usage and improve home comfort. While this can be helpful, you should be wary of the privacy implications of having a device that is constantly collecting data about your home. 

Smart thermostats do not collect or store 

 any personal or sensitive information. 

Although smart thermostats do not collect sensitive data, you must ensure that your wi-fi router is absolutely secure with a complex password. This is because your smart device can act as an entry to other devices on your network if they are not properly secured.  

Understandably, some homeowners may not be comfortable with this level of data collection and may prefer a traditional thermostat that does not collect any data. 

Integration with Other Smart Home Devices 

Many smart thermostats can be integrated with other smart home devices, such as smart speakers, smart locks, and smart lighting. This can allow you to control multiple aspects of your home from a single device or app.  

If you have other smart home devices such as Google Home, Amazon Alexa, or Apple HomeKit, it’s best to see which thermostat is best compatible with your current devices. As you can imagine, getting devices that cannot be paired defeats the purpose of having a streamlined smart home system throughout your home.  

Ready to Make the Switch?  

Smart thermostats can be a great investment for homeowners who are looking to improve their comfort and save money on energy bills. With this information, you are now prepared to make the right decision for you and your home!  

Of course, if you have any questions or are ready to get your smart thermostat installed by a professional, feel free to contact us at HendrixAir where we serve the entire Brunswick, GA area!  

Skip to content