The Pro’s and Con’s of Installing a Smart Thermostat in California

A programmable thermostat is a quintessential feature of the modern smart home. Once you’ve installed a smart thermostat, life may simply never be the same. It functions using internal sensors that monitor ambient temperature and trigger the unit if it differs from the set temperature. Depending on the model, the thermostat may also have a range of other functions. There are several types available, including electromechanical, digital, hybrid, occupancy, and light sensing thermostats.

By installing a smart thermostat in California, you may be eligible for a rebate by a local power company or the government. But that’s not the only advantage; you could also see the following

Pro’s of a Smart Thermostat:

  • Easy Installation: If you have the right wiring (including a C wire), installation is simple. Also look for wires marked “R”, “W”, “Rc”, or “Rh”. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation, but the process generally involves turning off the power to the old unit, removing it, connecting the wires of the new device, and installing the new one. Then restore power and follow the instructions for programming.
  • Reduce Energy Use: You can schedule the thermostat to kick in just before you get home, and leave it off during the day. Since your home is heated or cooled only when you’re there, you can see energy and cost savings. Many smart thermostats let you track energy usage over time and can uncover ways to cut costs even more.
  • Remote Management: You can adjust your thermostat using a smartphone app. With Wi-Fi control, you can log into the app and adjust your cooling schedule, receive alerts if interior temperature falls below or rises above a set limit, or check whether you forgot to turn off the AC.
  • Customization: You can make many adjustments, or the system can customize a schedule based on your habits. A smart thermostat can learn your habits by using algorithms to create a schedule and improve efficiency.
  • Maintenance Alerts: Your thermostat can remind you of when to change your furnace or AC filter. The unit can provide an audible sound such as a beep. Or, it can send you an email or text message.

Con’s of a Smart Thermostat

However, there are some con’s to consider when installing a smart thermostat in your home, such as:

  • Compatibility: Not every smart thermostat is compatible with every brand or model of AC or furnace, plus old home wiring may need to be updated.
  • Installation Cost: A greater investment than a manual thermostat, a smart model varies in price depending on the model and its features, and you’ll need to factor in professional installation costs if necessary.
  • Learning Curve: Some smart thermostats require some technical knowledge to program before it learns your schedule. It may also take some time to master all the different features.
  • Peak Efficiency Is Possible Only If Someone Isn’t Home: Smart thermostats save energy by adjusting to when people aren’t home. That means your home must have no occupants for part of the day to see energy savings; individuals who work from home and/or rent may not benefit.
  • Not Worth It If You Plan to Move: Your thermostat can’t always be moved with you. The cost of installation might not be practical if you aren’t planning to live in your current location for long.

Contact Express Electrical Services for Installation Help

Express Electrical Services can help with smart thermostat installation and will ensure your system works as designed. We serve all of Southern California. Our Los Angeles electricians also specialize in a full range of electrical services. To schedule service or learn more about our specials and financing, call 323-727-7799 today!