When it comes to smart homes, each device provides so many benefits that it’s hard to pick a favorite. But in one survey, the choice was clear—more than 72% of homeowners said a smart thermostat was their most desired smart home device.
It's not hard to see why smart thermostats are such a highly-coveted commodity. After all, who wouldn't want a device that automatically keeps them comfortable and saves money at the same time?
If you're new to smart thermostats, need help deciding the best one to get, or just want to learn more about what they do and how they work, this smart thermostat guide will help.
What is a smart thermostat and how does it work?
Like most devices, smart thermostats vary in features and functionality based on brand and price point. At their most basic level, smart thermostats integrate with smart home automation, allowing you to control them remotely via an app or other smart device.
Smart thermostat vs. programmable thermostat
If you're familiar with programmable thermostats, you may be wondering if a smart thermostat is the same thing.
A programmable thermostat lets you schedule your temperature based on your preferences and location. For example, you might set your programmable thermostat to run the air conditioner at a much higher temperature from 9-5 while you're at work in order to cut down on cooling costs.
A smart thermostat goes a step further than programmable thermostats. Rather than relying on you to program it, it does the work for you. Using in-home sensors to determine whether you're home or not, it automatically adjusts the temperature according to your preferences. This helps you save on energy without having to sacrifice comfort.
A smart thermostat differs from a programmable thermostat in that it can automatically adjust the temperature based on your preferences.
What makes the Vivint Element Thermostat stand out?
The Vivint Element Thermostat is a stand-out among smart thermostats, with features and benefits that not only deliver comfort and savings, but also integrate with a complete Vivint Smart Home.
Take a look at a few of the benefits the Element provides:
Control wherever you are
Imagine yourself in any of these scenarios. You’re watching TV and your spouse comments that it’s too cold. You’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner and the kitchen is starting to feel stuffy. You’re coming home from a business trip and know your house will be scorching hot when you walk inside.
With a Vivint Element Thermostat, changing the temperature in each of these situations is as easy as picking up your smartphone.
This is because you can control your thermostat no matter where you are with the Vivint Smart Home app. So whether you’re in another room or another state, you’re always in control.
Whether you're in the other room or across the country, you can adjust your home's temperature from anywhere via the Vivint Smart Home app.
Automatic temperature adjustments
Being able to control your temperature while you’re away is great, but what if you forget? No worries. The Element has you covered with its built-in Smart Assistant, one of the features that truly makes it intelligent.
Using in-home sensors, geolocation, and information about your climate and home, Smart Assistant can tell when you’re home and away and automatically adjust the temperature accordingly.
Smart learning thermostats, like the Element, also keep track of your temperature preferences. So if you like the house a little cooler at night, the Element will take note and adjust it for you automatically.
This auto-adjusting feature offers two major benefits:
- comfort when you’re home
- and energy savings when you’re away
And the best part? You don't even have to think about it.
Have you ever turned your air conditioner off to conserve money and energy when you go on vacation, then returned home to a hot, stuffy home? It’s not fun.
The Element’s Smart Assistant means you’ll always come home to a comfortable temperature.