Improve how your smart thermostat functions with geofencing!

Smart thermostats provide a breadth of features to better tailor your at-home experience, keeping you cozy and relaxed — the way it should be! Starting out simple, smart thermostats allow you to program your HVAC system to accommodate your daily schedule to adjust when your heating and cooling should be running. This is integral because it’s convenient and it saves you money on your monthly utility bill. But, what other smart thermostat features are available?

Are smart thermostats really worth the investment? Howard Services know they are! Streamline your at-home life with this easy and updated smart home technology. Learn more about the geofencing feature for smart thermostats in today’s post.

What Is Geofencing?

Geofencing for smart thermostats is a location perimeter based on RFID and GPS signals from a specific device or smartphone. When you’re inside your home, the geofence perimeter considers that you’re home and can signal to the HVAC to run accordingly. When you’re outside this boundary, the thermostat allows the temperature to rise or fall based on the settings, saving you energy and money.

Why Invest in the Geofencing Smart Thermoset Feature?

The geofencing feature is beneficial because it eliminates the need to program your thermostat, so if you’re busy and constantly in and out of your home, this feature can help keep your HVAC flexible without having to always program it based on that day or week’s schedule. At the end of the day, it saves you time.

Opportunities With Geofencing

While geofencing is extremely convenient and innovative, it does have some limitations. For geofencing to work optimally, it requires that most of the people who live there have a smartphone for the smart thermostat to be able to recognize when people are home — because you won’t always be together! This way the AC will still run when a member of the family is home, yet another left the geofence perimeter for work, errands, etc.

Additionally, geofencing doesn’t yet accommodate thermostat changes at bedtime. Typically, people turn down the heat at night and geofencing doesn’t account for that, so homeowners would still need to program that manually.

How To Accommodate The Geofencing Feature

 

Your smartphone is the typical device you’ll use to signal your geofence since it’s something you take with you when you leave the house. For geofencing to effectively function on your smart thermostat, the following settings need to always be on:

  • General Location – ON
  • WiFi – ON
  • Airplane Mode – OFF
  • iOS – Background App Refresh – ON
  • Android – Location Services – HIGH ACCURACY

Geofencing And Other Devices

Beyond your smartphone, there are other ways to achieve geofencing with your smart thermoset. While your phone configures individual devices, you can link all your smart home devices to a hub and control things through that.

IFTTT Via Life360 – These are free apps that allow you to create a geofence and can be used with other smart home technology.

HomeKit – HomeKit establishes a geofence and allows you to incorporate Siri, Alexa, etc. to adjust the temperature via voice control. This is available only for iOS users and you have to have a hub within your house — a Mac computer, Apple TV, iPad, etc. If you already have an Apple-integrated home, this works beautifully!

Smart Thermostats That Feature Geofencing

  • Nest – Great for multiple users, but Nest only supports its family of smart home products.
  • Ecobee – For an optimal experience, IFTTT and Life360 are needed, and it may require additional equipment for iOS users.
  • Sensi – Great for unpredictable schedules, but only works with the other Sensi products and no other home automation devices.

Want To Know More About Smart Thermostats?

Howard Services in Jacksonville routinely installs and integrates smart thermostats for homeowners. Because there are a wide variety of smart thermostat options available, it’s important to work with us to determine what thermostat your home can support and what features are right for you.

Some thermostats require additional wiring — if you’re not already set up with smart home capabilities — so it’s important to know what your first step may be. A smart thermostat is a great update to make, especially for those just starting out in home automation.

Connect with Howard Services today to learn more about smart thermostats!