As a homeowner in Winter Haven, Florida, you may have considered upgrading your thermostat to a smart thermostat. When looking for a smart thermostat, there are several features available for you to choose from to meet your specific needs:

Full-Color Touch Screen

Many people prefer the full-color touch screen for both aesthetic purposes and for ease of use. Some also come with a proximity sensor. They will stay dim until someone approaches it, and then they will light up so the person can see the controls.

Remote Access

Many smart thermostats offer remote access and can even track your proximity and operate accordingly. With remote access, you can use an app on your phone to change the thermostat settings. With geofencing, you can automate your thermostat settings depending on if you are home or away. This is done automatically through the location on your phone (which is presumably with you).

Home Automation

Many smart thermostats are designed to work with other home automation items, such as lights and locks. With a Google Home or Alexa hooked up, you will also be able to direct your thermostat’s settings using voice commands. This could require an additional purchase of a hub to set up this type of home automation. However, for those who already have these devices, it may be a big consideration.

Compatible with Your System

Smart thermostats need to be connected to a dedicated power supply since they need a constant WIFI connection to function as intended. This wire is called a common wire, or “C” wire. Your home may or may not have a “C” wire set up. If it does not, you would need to either buy an adapter or create a workaround using another wire. They do also sell smart thermostats that do not require a “C” wire, so you should know before purchasing if this is what you need.

For assistance with purchasing, installing, and servicing your new smart thermostat, give Wards Air Conditioning, Inc. a call today at 863-225-7202.

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