Smart Thermostat V. Regular Thermostat

“What can a smart thermostat do that a regular thermostat can’t?”

All the hype in the HVAC industry is all about Nest thermostat and other smart WIFI-capable thermostats, but is it worth it? What can a “smart” thermostat do that a regular Honeywell or Venstar thermostat can’t? Both are programmable but a smart thermostat does it differently. Here’s what a smart thermostat can offer:


A smart thermostat is a programmable control panel for your heating and air conditioning system. What makes this different from a regular programmable thermostat is that a smart thermostat is able to learn from your behaviors, allows you to control the temperature remotely, shows your consumption of energy in real-time, and is able to adjust itself based on conditions like humidity.

For example, you can schedule the thermostat to turn off when you leave for work or to turn on before you arrive, making it comfortable by the time you get inside your home. Also, most smart thermostats show you how long it’ll take to cool or heat up your home, removing the need to turn the temperature all the way up or down to feel the effect faster. Plus, you can manage the thermostat through a phone or a webapp.


There are two different types of thermostats: one that is able to learn and adjust from the user’s behavior and one that offers internet connectivity for remote managing and programming. The best models would be those that fall into both types.

One of the first smart thermostat to hit the market was the Nest Thermostat, which combine a clean design and a bright LCD that provides a lot of useful information. This is a learning thermostat, which can sense when someone’s home or if there’s any rise in temperature and will adjust accordingly. However, there are other alternatives: Ecobee Smart Thermostat and Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat.

The only issue is that these types of thermostats tend to be expensive, ranging from $200 and $500.


If you have a regular programmable thermostat and you tend to stick to its set program, there’s no need to invest into a smart thermostat. However, if you are the type to forget to turn the system on or off and does not have a programmable thermostat, a smart thermostat is for you. You can literally leave it up to the thermostat to control the air and heat in your home.

All smart thermostats do is take the hassle out of controlling the temperature. It learns from your behavior so it’ll adjust according to what temperatures you like. It’s able to be controlled remotely via phone or webapp. Plus, a smart thermostat will give tips on how to save money. In other words, a smart thermostat shows you data and adjusts automatically to help you save money based on your air conditioning and heating usage.

California Air Conditioning Systems, Inc.

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