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How do smart thermostats work in Chicago?

December 12, 2022
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Imagine having the ability to direct your home’s heating and cooling systems by speaking a command or by utilizing an app on your mobile device. Now, go even further and visualize having a device that is able to learn your routine and adjust automatically. As you will see, smart thermostats are extraordinary technological advancements that can bring more convenience, energy savings, and even safety to your home. Keep reading to see how they work and what they can do for your family.

How are smart thermostats different from regular models?

Notwithstanding their unique abilities, smart thermostats operate in a similar fashion to standard models. For example, they are wired straight to your HVAC equipment. You can also manually raise and lower the comfort settings by touching the device connected to your wall. But that’s pretty much where the commonalities finish.

Chicago smart thermostats bridge to your home’s Wi-Fi

The main difference between smart thermostats and traditional models is that they link to your property’s wireless network. Having your heating and cooling system paired to the internet gives you access to your system like you’ve previously never had. Essentially, you can adjust your HVAC system from any location. Did you not remember to lower the temperature when leaving on a family excursion? That’s OK. Just go to the convenient Vivint app on your cell phone and make the adjustments. There are many other actions you can take with the app, like:

  • Change between heating and cooling
  • Adjust your system to a certain mode like home, vacation, or sleep
  • Turn your fan on or off
  • Obtain updates if comfort levels are automatically or manually altered

Change comfort levels by simply saying a command

Your internet connection provides an additional incredible advantage as you are able to sync your device to an Amazon or Google smart speaker. If you’re trying to stay comfortable on a frigid winter’s evening and you don’t want to get up from your cozy seat on the couch, just give an order like “Alexa, turn up the thermostat three degrees”.

Vivint Smart Thermostat will update automatically

The Vivint Smart Thermostat can take convenience to a higher level with its available Smart Assistant. When part of your smart home, the thermostat has the ability to employ various sensors and other capabilities like geolocation to determine if you’re at home or not. In addition, this smart component will even learn your preferences and change settings accordingly. For instance, if you typically like the house a bit cooler at night, the thermostat will observe that and adjust it for you.

Integrated safety measure to counteract a fire

The automated aspect of your device also plays a role in your safety. The Vivint Smart Thermostat has an emergency HVAC shutoff when fire is identified to decrease the escalation of smoke and flames. You could also set it to automatically turn on the exhaust fan to assist in venting your property.

Reduce your utility costs in Chicago

Your smart thermostat’s potential to adapt HVAC settings by itself and your ability to modify them from any location isn’t just a nice feature, it’s good for your pocketbook. If you change temperatures up to 10 degrees for times you aren’t home, you are able to save a good deal - up to 10% on energy bills.

Get started on your own Chicago smart home

Since you now have a better idea of how smart thermostats work in Chicago, it’s time to incorporate one into your residence. The Vivint home security professionals are standing by to show you the way. Just dial (312) 626-4802 or complete the form on this page to get started.