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How Smart Thermostats and Home Automation Will Benefit Your Home (and Your Wallet)

Today everything is smart: cars, phones, and now home appliances. With the push for smarter technology, it is no surprise that your heating and cooling system is no exception. Your furnace, boiler, or heat pump plays an essential role in your home, and connecting it to a smart thermostat ensures that you not only reap the benefits but also lengthen the life of your furnace. 

How Do Smart Thermostats Work?

Home automation can be as simple or extensive as you want it to be. Smart thermostats are made up of three basic components: 

  • The part that plugs directly into your HVAC system
  • The thermostat control itself
  • The smart thermostat app which can be controlled remotely from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. 

These three parts work together to allow you to adjust the temperature in your home from any location. You can have anything from just automating your HVAC system to a fully automated system controlling appliances, home security, devices, and your heating and cooling system. However, bear in mind that WiFi connection is required. With the help of the team at MSCO, you can have control over your home’s automation in the palm of your hand. 

How a Smart Thermostat Benefits Your HVAC System

Smart thermostats help your furnace to work more efficiently and avoid wear and tear in the following ways:

Tracking Energy Usage

A smart thermostat can track how much energy your HVAC system is using each month and you can control that amount straight from your app. This not only benefits you so that you’re aware of your energy usage bill but it also helps to keep your furnace healthy. How? A higher-than-normal energy bill can be a sign of a problem if nothing about your energy usage has changed.

Providing More Accurate Readings

A smart thermostat is able to give you a more accurate reading of the temperature inside your home than digital thermostats. As a result of home automation, you’ll end up with fewer temperature fluctuations and less stress on your HVAC system that doesn’t have to work as hard. 

Letting You Know When Something’s Wrong

Your smart thermostat is programmed to know when something isn’t right. Typically this will be signaled when the furnace starts putting in more work than usual, which could signify a number of issues within your HVAC system. 

How a Smart Thermostat Benefits You

Access Remotely

A smart thermostat allows you to control your HVAC system from any device in any location. It adds convenience to your heating and cooling system. Let’s say you’ve been out of town for a few days in the winter and turned the temperature way down to help save money. You can turn the system back up from your phone, tablet, or computer a few hours before you expect to arrive back home and be welcomed home by a comfortable temperature. 

Smart Technology

The more high-tech smart thermostats are able to learn from your patterns, keeping track of when you make changes to your routine and start to adjust themselves accordingly. Your smart thermostat starts to automatically make these changes for you as it’s programmed to make the most energy-efficient choices


About half of monthly energy costs are related to the temperature at which you keep your home. A smart thermostat not only offers convenience but it also helps to reduce your energy bills. Most models use some method to detect if you’re home whether that be geofencing your phone or using motion sensors. If it finds that you’re not home, it’ll adjust your system accordingly into a lower power mode to save energy. 

Smart thermostats offer convenience, help to lengthen the lifespan of your HVAC system and increase energy efficiency thereby saving you money. If you are ready to make this simple home improvement, give us a call!

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