Summer is finally winding down, which means it’s about time for a break from both the heat and the high energy costs of the humid weather here in East Texas. But one way you can save on your energy bill all year round is by investing in a smart thermostat. With a number of features designed to save you money, a smart thermostat will maintain your home temperature no matter what the weather may bring, all while providing you with convenient options to manage your home comfort needs. Take a look at the top five reasons you should switch to a smart thermostat below.

#1 Access Your Home Comfort From Anywhere

The basic function of a smart thermostat is the same as a regular one: to control the temperature of your home. However, the benefit of a smart thermostat is that you can access the controls from anywhere, using just your smartphone, tablet or computer. Meaning if you’re working from home in your office upstairs and get cold, you don’t have to stop what you’re doing to trek downstairs to the control panel. All you have to do is pull out your phone and adjust the temperature.

The best part is: you don’t even have to be in your home to manage your comfort settings. With a few swipes on your device, you can turn your A/C back on if you’re coming home from a trip early or turn it off if you forgot to do so before heading out.

#2 Set It and Forget It with Automatic Tuning

While the ability to control the temperature of your home from anywhere is appealing, your smart thermostat won’t make you do all of the work yourself. A smart thermostat is equipped with special technology that will learn the adjustments that you and your family make throughout the year and will automatically update your comfort settings to keep you comfortable. This reduces the amount of manual changes you have to make.

Additionally, smart thermostats are equipped with occupancy settings that will turn off your A/C or furnace if you’ve been gone for a while, and turn it back on again when you return. Just make sure to turn this setting off if you’re leaving pets in the house!

#3 Save Money on Your Energy Costs

Perhaps the most important feature of a smart thermostat is its ability to save you money. With its variety of convenient options, a smart thermostat truly allows homeowners to take control of their energy usage and minimize costs wherever possible. Because of this, The U.S. Department of Energy has even recommended that all homeowners have a smart thermostat.

#4 Manage Your Usage with Alerts and Reports

Another useful feature of smart thermostats are their ability to warn you if something is malfunctioning. As long as you’re connected to your thermostat via its app, it’ll let you know of extreme temperature changes, indicating a big problem such as an A/C or furnace malfunction. They can even remind you when it’s time to replace your filters.

Plus, if you want to dig in to the nitty gritty of your energy usage, your thermostat app will generate reports to show you how much you’re using, and some will even provide you with tips on how to use less.

#5 Give Yourself Peace of Mind With Easy Installation

Smart thermostats can be installed easily but are not always compatible with every A/C unit or furnace. At Elite Comfort Home and Commercial Services, our team is experienced in installing the best Trane smart thermostats on the market, such as the Trane ComfortLink™ II XL1050, a smart thermostat that combines zoning technology and a home automation hub to remotely control your home, comfort, and energy use. For more information about our selection of smart thermostats, or to schedule an appointment, visit or call (832) 309-3771.