If you live in a climate where you are constantly relying on your heat and AC, your thermostat can be your best friend or worst enemy. It can take years to figure out the perfect settings that will keep your home comfy without wasting energy. Smart thermostats take away some of the guesswork and have a number of benefits that you will love. Here are three reasons to install smart thermostats.

Control Your Thermostat From Anywhere
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Smart thermostats have intuitive, easy to use, and simple smartphone applications that allow for a range of control options. First and foremost, you can change your temperature, power on your system, shut it down, and program long-term settings within the app. This means that no matter where you are, you can make changes to your thermostat.

There are so many instances where the ability to control your thermostat remotely can be advantageous. Imagine driving home from a restaurant on a particularly cold night, and your baby just fell asleep on the ride home. You could immediately use your app to pump up the heat a little to make sure that the baby's room is warm and cozy by the time you get home. Or, imagine leaving for a summer vacation. Did you remember to turn off the AC? With a smart thermostat, you can make sure, whether you are just a few miles down the road or in another country. As long as you have an internet connection, you can use the app.

Let the Thermostat Learn and Perfect Your Heating and Cooling Habits
Smart thermostats truly live up to their name when you allow them to "learn" your usage habits. That is, you can turn on a feature that enables your thermostat to remember when and how you use your heating and cooling. It can even make automatic adjustments based on previous usage data. This intuitive design means that you don't need to constantly adjust your thermostat when the weather changes. Most likely, you will use your smart thermostat less and less because your home will be comfortable regardless of the weather, so you won't need to make adjustments throughout the day.

Saving Money
All of these fancy features are convenient, time-saving, and easy to use, but they wouldn't be as useful if they didn't help you to save some money. Obviously, saving money is the best reason to invest in a smart thermostat. When your smart thermostat helps you perfectly program your heating and cooling for the most comfort and efficiency, you can start to see reduced energy bills.

Since you can always turn off your system remotely, you don't need to worry about leaving your AC or heater running when you are away from the home for extended periods. If you think that you could benefit from a smart thermostat in your home, have an HVAC tech come to your home and check out your current setup. Within days you could be programming the perfect setting for your HVAC system.