Installing a Smart Thermostat
Setback and programmable thermostats are so smart that they’ll not only make your home more comfortable, but will conserve energy and save money, too
Unless you live in a home built recently or have upgraded the original thermostat, chances are your thermostat isn’t “smart.” Setback and programmable thermostats are so smart that they’ll not only make your home more comfortable, but will conserve energy and save money, too. How, you ask? Simple. A smart thermostat can be programmed to turn the heating system on just before you get out of bed in the morning; turn off about the time everyone leaves the home; turn on again just in time to have the home toasty for your return after a long day, and finally turn off just about the time you snuggle into bed.
Some electronic models can be programmed day to day or for weekdays vs. weekends, or to raise and lower the temperature several times a day. What’s more, like computers — as technology improves — the product becomes more affordable. Setback and programmable thermostats range in price from $35 to more $100 depending on features, and can be installed by most do-it-yourselfers.