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Should You Make a Smart Thermostat Your Home’s Smart Hub?

Learn about some of the advantages of today's smart thermostats

Think of your thermostat as being at the heart of your family’s home comfort zone. It keeps the interior space at an ideal temperature during both summer and winter. But can you expect even more out of this fairly simple device?

Let’s start with some of the better-known advantages of today’s smart thermostats.

Program, control and monitor

Like many other smart devices now in the marketplace for homes, your smart thermostat is digitally connected to the cloud. Using your Wi-Fi or other wireless networks, it can be programmed, controlled and monitored 24/7 from wherever you are.

A smart thermostat can “learn” the habits of your family and adjust the temperature accordingly. So, while everyone is at work or school, temperature settings might be raised or lowered to conserve energy (and money). Then it readjusts the setting for more comfort during the hours when family members are typically home.

The smart technology also allows the homeowner to change settings “on the fly,” so to speak. For instance, if the family leaves for vacation and only remembers later that the home temperature hadn’t been reset to conserve energy, the setting can be changed from a smartphone app.

All of that might be impressive enough. But the truth is, your smart thermostat can do even more for your family.

Your home’s smart hub

In addition to performing all of the standard functions of a smart thermostat, smart devices such as the Google Nest Learning Thermostat1 can also act as your home’s smart hub2. What this means is that it can send and receive and act upon communications from other smart devices in your home.

Consider, for instance, if your home also contained smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and surveillance cameras. All these devices might work together with your smart thermostat as the hub or “command center.”

So how might this work?

When alerted by cameras or motion detectors of the presence of home visitors during hours when none are expected, your smart thermostat might alert you by phone.

If smoke or carbon monoxide alert your smart technology, you will also receive a notification to your tablet or smartphone app. Your thermostat might also automatically shut down your furnace if it’s to blame for the dangerous fumes.

Smart capabilities

With your digital thermostat acting as your smart hub, you might get more than you expected, including a more trustworthy home and added family protection. The possibilities might be worth further exploring as you upgrade your home technology capabilities. Learn if your smart devices need a hub or would benefit from one as well as which smart thermostats might be able to act as one.

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