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.
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.
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.
Savings on heating and cooling bills
If you ever find yourself choosing between the perfect temperature inside your house or sky-high energy costs, here’s some good news—the Vivint Element can help you save up to 12% on your heating and cooling bills.
The auto-adjusting features work to ensure you’re saving energy (and money) by reducing usage when you’re on vacation, at work, or sleeping.
Automatic HVAC shutoff during emergencies
Not only does the Vivint Element help you save money, but it can also be a lifesaver—literally.
In a fire, an air conditioner or heating unit that’s blowing full-blast can actually increase the spread of flames and smoke, accelerating damage and making it significantly more dangerous to escape to safety.
The Vivint Element features emergency HVAC shutoff to help limit the spread of smoke and flames during a fire.
Elegant, minimal design
When it comes to your home’s interior, looks matter. The Element features an elegant, minimalist design that blends seamlessly into your home’s interior.
But its minimalist design doesn’t mean minimalist information. The thermostat's display illuminates automatically when you approach, showing you current and target temperatures. You don’t even have to lift a finger.
Custom alerts keep you in the know
Remember sneaking over to the thermostat as a kid and sliding it to a cooler or warmer temperature when your parents weren’t around?
As an adult with your own home and bills to pay, you can look back and appreciate your parents’ need to keep the thermostat at an electric-bill friendly level.
With the Element, custom notifications will alert you on your phone if someone cranks up the heat when you’re not around. With mobile control, you can simply lower it back to the level you want—and you don’t even need to be home.
Vivint Element Thermostat integrates with a complete Vivint Smart Home system
It's easy to see how the Vivint Element Thermostat can make any home more comfortable and convenient. But when you integrate it with a complete Vivint Smart Home, it goes above and beyond.
Smart home integration
Sure, you can control your thermostat with your phone. But when it's part of a Vivint Smart Home, you can integrate it with other smart home devices.
With a smart speaker, you can control the temperature in your home with your voice. "Alexa, turn the temperature down 3 degrees." Or, you can turn off the lights, arm your security system, and increase the temperature in your home all at once from your Smart Hub.
In a rush out the door? Don't add changing the thermostat to your list of worries. With one-touch leaving, pressing the lock button on your smart lock will automatically adjust your temperature to conserve energy while you're away.
Each Vivint Smart Home system includes professional installation, so you don’t have to spend your weekends trying to wire and connect an entire system yourself.
Our Smart Home Pros will take care of it for you, and then show you how it all works. When they leave, you can be sure your devices work together seamlessly. And if you ever have any questions, help is just a phone call away.
There's nothing more stressful than being away from home during an emergency. But with Vivint's 24/7 monitoring, you can rest easy knowing that your home is protected, even when you're away.
If your smoke alarm goes off while you're on vacation, the monitoring station will contact emergency responders for you. If a family member has a medical emergency and presses the panic button on your Smart Hub, help is on the way. It's truly priceless peace of mind.
Make your home smarter with a smart thermostat
If saving energy without sacrificing comfort sounds appealing to you, contact us today at 800.646.1469 for a free quote.