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What Are the Advantages of a Smart Thermostat?

Many homeowners in Fishers, Indiana, are diligent about maintaining and upgrading their heating and cooling equipment. But one piece of HVAC equipment that often is overlooked is the thermostat.

There have been significant improvements in recent years to thermostats compared to the round dial models seen in many older homes. Although there’s nothing necessarily wrong with older models, today’s programmable thermostats – often referred to as smart thermostats – provide so much more in terms of convenience, technology and energy savings.

If you’re interested in upgrading your older thermostat to a smart thermostat, contact the NATE-certified technicians at Star Heating & Cooling today. We have several models of smart thermostats to choose from – and guarantee we have one that is just right for your home.

What Are the Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat?

Programmable thermostats are a great upgrade to your home because they are relatively inexpensive and can hook up directly to your existing HVAC system. Some of the benefits of a smart thermostat include:

Upgraded Technology

Most importantly, smart thermostats have digital displays, opposed to the older, manual models. With a smart thermostat, you can automatically set your system’s heating and cooling schedules – from anywhere. Many newer thermostats connect to our home’s Wi-FI network, which allows you to adjust the thermostat from your smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. When you’re away from home, you can preset the temperature for more energy savings.

Energy Savings

Speaking of energy savings, you’ll quickly make up the costs of a programmable thermostat with the money you’ll save money on your monthly energy bills. If you’re away from home for long periods of time, you have options to program the temperature accordingly. Before you return home, you can reset the temperature to a comfortable setting. Some smart thermostats can even be automatically programmed to an energy-savings setting.


Some smart thermostats send alerts to your smartphone if the temperature falls above or below the preset temperature. If this happens, you’ll know something is awry either with your HVAC system or power.

Detailed Reports

Some more advanced thermostats can analyze your home’s energy usage and send a monthly report. For example, in the summer months, the report will show you how much air conditioning was used to cool your home.

Built-In Learning Capabilities

Some newer thermostats actually have built-in movement detectors and use geofencing to know when people are home. These thermostats have built-in learning capabilities and will adjust the heating and cooling based on seasonal changes. In some cases, they can even monitor the weather.

Star Carries Several Brands of Smart Thermostats

Star Heating & Cooling carries several makes and models of programmable thermostats from top brands.

Carrier Infinity

This thermostat connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network so you can control temperature, air quality and humidity settings from anywhere through a smartphone or other device. Additional features include:

  • Custom settings for up to eight zones in your home
  • 10-year limited warranty
  • Easy-to-use touch screen for simple settings changes
  • Filter replacement and maintenance reminders plus energy-tracking reports
  • Seven-day programming from one source

Carrier Cor

The Carrier Cor thermostat provides easy touch-screen controls and remote access. It’s compatible with several HVAC brands and models.

Carrier Performance Comfortzone II

This home-zoning system allows you to program seven-day temperature and humidity levels cycles across four separate areas of your home. One of the best features of this model is its easy-to-read LCD display.


Honeywell’s economical programmable and manual thermostats allows you to control energy costs.

FocusPRO 6000

The FocusPRO 6000 can be programmed for weekday/weekend operations and comes with a five-year warranty. It’s backlit, wireless and able to be placed anywhere in your home.

VisionPRO 8000

Features allow for easy seven-day programmable schedules with added humidity and ventilation control with a large, backlit touch screen and a five-year warranty.

FocusPRO 5000

The FocusPRO 5000 is available in standard or large screen sizes and includes a five-year warranty and is designed to hold a constant temperature until manually changed.

Contact Star for a Smart Thermostat

Star Heating & Cooling has been in business since 2005 and is Fishers, IN, and all of central Indiana’s most trusted HVAC company. Our technicians go above and beyond to provide services and results that customers appreciate and depend on. We truly care about the Indianapolis area families we service on a daily basis.

There are so many advantages to installing a smart thermostat in your home. Are you interested in learning more about smart thermostats and how they can make your life easier and more comfortable, as well as save money and energy? Then contact the friendly professionals at Star Heating & Cooling today to make an appointment.