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How do smart thermostats work in Minneapolis?

December 12, 2022
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Imagine having the chance to direct your home’s comfort settings by vocalizing a simple directive or by going to an app on your smartphone. Now, go a step further and think about having a device that is able to learn your preferred settings and automatically adjust. As you will see, smart thermostats are beneficial pieces of technology that can bring convenience, energy conservation, and even safety to your home. Keep reading to understand how they work and what they might do for your family.

How do smart thermostats compare to standard models?

Although smart thermostats give you a wealth of unique features, they are comparable in a couple of ways to the ones we are accustomed to. For instance, they are wired right to your HVAC equipment. You can also manually raise and lower your home’s temperature by interacting with the unit connected to your wall. But that’s pretty much where the commonalities end.

Minneapolis smart thermostats connect to your home’s wireless network

The critical connection to your home’s Wi-Fi is the overriding factor in differentiating smart thermostats from standard models. Having your HVAC equipment paired to the internet gives you accessibility and command like you’ve previously never had. Essentially, you are able to adjust your comfort settings from anywhere. Did you not remember to decrease the heat when going on a family excursion? That’s OK. All you need to do is access the intuitive Vivint app on your cell phone and make the adjustments. There are a range of other things you can do with the app, including:

  • Switch between heating and cooling
  • Set your system to a specific mode such as vacation, home, or sleep
  • Turn your fan on or off
  • Receive notifications if settings are manually or automatically adjusted

Modify the temperature by simply using your voice

Your wireless connection allows for one more amazing advantage as you can sync your unit to a Google or Amazon smart speaker. If you’re trying to stay warm on a chilly winter’s evening and you don’t want to get up from your snug seat on the couch, just say an order like “Alexa, turn up the thermostat three degrees”.

Vivint Smart Thermostat will update automatically

The Vivint Smart Thermostat will take convenience to a new level by using its built-in Smart Assistant. When integrated into your smart home, the thermostat can employ in-home sensors and other functionality like geolocation to determine if you’re in the house or not. Additionally, this intelligent component will even grasp your preferences and adjust correspondingly. To illustrate, if you generally like the temperature lower in the evenings, the thermostat will discern that and adjust it for you.

Integrated safety measure to limit fire

The automated aspect of your device also impacts your safety. The Vivint Smart Thermostat features an emergency shutdown of your heating and cooling system when fire is found to control the escalation of smoke and flames. You could also have it instantaneously turn on the exhaust fan to help vent your property.

Lower your energy costs in Minneapolis

Your smart thermostat’s potential to adjust temperature settings by itself and your ability to change them from a distance isn’t just nice to have, it’s good for your bottom line. If you tweak temperatures 5 to 10 degrees for times you aren’t home, you stand to save a good deal - up to 10% on utility bills.

Get started on your own Minneapolis smart home

Since you now have a better idea of how smart thermostats work in Minneapolis, it’s time to integrate one into your home. The Vivint home security experts are standing by to assist. Simply call (612) 662-1765 or complete the form on this page to begin.