Smart thermostats can be installed by owners in 30 to 60 minutes by following the instructions in the manufacturer’s manual. A professional contractor can be hired if more than a simple replacement is needed.
According to earth911.com, there are three kinds of smart thermostat. Connected thermostats allow users to control the temperature using a wireless device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Learning thermostats monitor users' habits and automatically adjust temperature levels, while smart grid technologies are compatible with local smart grid systems. Using a smart thermostat can reduce energy bills by 20 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.