Everything You Need to Know About Smart Thermostats

September 25, 2019

Smart home technologies allow for devices that can communicate via the Internet of Things. Among the first such technologies were Smart Thermostats, which took the concept of programmable thermostats to the next obvious step in development. Smart thermostats require even less manual control.

Reduce Energy Consumption

The primary purpose of a Smart Thermostat is to minimize the energy consumed in achieving your optimal comfort. This approach is not only eco-friendly but can also significantly lower your monthly utility bill. In fact, the EPA estimates that most families recoup the cost of a smart thermostat within the first year of use.

Smart vs. Programmable

Summit Heating & A/C has been providing cooling and heating services throughout Denver and the surrounding areas for more than 20 years. We find that many homeowners are unsure of the difference between smart and programmable thermostats. The line is often blurred. The main difference is that a truly smart thermostat requires little programming because it learns and programs itself based on that data. It can then adjust without your input to keep you comfortable while also saving you money.


Geofencing is a tech supported by many smart thermostats. The thermostat creates a virtual perimeter by being in communication with each family member’s smartphone. When no one is home, it can save money more aggressively. It can also detect your impending arrival and adjust accordingly.

Energy Usage Data

Smart thermostats also collect energy usage data and provide reports to you via a LAN or web portal. This helps you see the difference being made. It can also help you identify where the thermostat has been less than optimal. You can then make recommendations in order to help dial in the programming.

Install Your Smart Thermostat

Summit Heating & A/C can help you choose a smart thermostat and install it for you. We also provide a broad range of heating, cooling and air quality services. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about these services and to schedule an in-home consultation.

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