Because smart thermostats are a relatively new technology, there’s often confusion about what, exactly, they are. Allow us to clear up some misunderstandings.
Myth: Every thermostat is a smart thermostat.
Fact: While you may see many thermostats at your local retailers branded as “smart,” it’s important to note that not all modern-looking thermostats fit the bill. Wi-Fi or connected thermostats are thermostats that can be controlled remotely through a Wi-Fi or internet connection, and programmable thermostats can adjust home heating and cooling equipment according to a pre-set schedule—but neither are smart thermostats.
Smart thermostats are Wi-Fi enabled and have programmable functionality. They also can learn your temperature preferences and establish a schedule that automatically adjusts to energy-saving temperatures when you are asleep or away.
Myth: Every smart thermostat is ENERGY STAR® certified.
Fact: Manufacturers who apply to have their products certified through the ENERGY STAR program put their products through rigorous testing to ensure they meet high performance requirements.
Myth: Smart thermostats require professional installation.
Fact: Each manufacturer provides detailed guides to help you install your new smart thermostat, all by yourself. There are also manufacturer-specific installation videos with step-by-step instructions.
You can learn more about these thermostats’ features by using this handy comparison tool.