I recently did some research into smart thermostats and the various features and benefits. The more complex the technology, the greater the cost savings on monthly heating and cooling bills. Even the most basic programmable thermostat offers at least 15% cost savings on energy bills. The more expensive and intricate models can trim upwards of 20%, which can quickly recover the initial investment. A wireless thermostat provides far greater control over the operation of the heating and cooling equipment. Wifi connectivity allows adjustments through an app on a smartphone, computer, tablet or any other device that’s connected to the internet. The thermostat really comes in handy when my family heads off on a trip. Rushing around, packing up the kids, it’s easy to forget to set the thermostat to vacation mode before leaving the house. I can then log into the app, and easily adjust the programming. I no longer need to worry about wasting energy while the house is empty. Plus, I am also able to set alerts and get notified if the home gets too hot or cold. I receive a text if the indoor temperature fluctuates, which can save me from the water pipes freezing and bursting. I get periodic notifications for maintenance requirements, such as air filter changes and professional upkeep. I not only save energy and money, but minimize the workload and wear and tear on the HVAC system. Hopefully the heating and cooling system will last longer and experience fewer malfunctions. The thermostat even tracks the energy usage and creates helpful reports. These reports offer greater opportunity to maximize efficiency and reduce costs even further.