Residential Thermostats2023-01-20T09:52:22-06:00



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If your programmable thermostat is permanently set to “hold,” you’re not making the most of its energy-saving capabilities. While you could program it, the process takes a lot of time and isn’t helpful if your schedule varies from day to day.

A smart thermostat is designed to keep your home comfortable while using less energy. And the best part is, it does the programming for you. Most models have learning capabilities, which mean they pick up on your routine and adjust the temperature accordingly.

When it comes to saving energy, smart thermostat installation is a wise decision. At Howe, our family has been helping families like yours live more comfortably for more than 80 years. Call or text us at 605-339-2020, and one of our knowledgeable technicians will help you find the right solution for your home.


Smart thermostats are convenient and easy to use. Here’s a few more perks of adding one to your home:

  • May improve energy efficiency. If you weren’t using your programmable thermostat properly, ENERGY STAR® says installing a smart thermostat could save you up to $180 in energy costs each year.
  • Automatically changes temperatures based on your schedule. You won’t have to worry about whether your thermostat is on the wrong program, or whether you left it on “hold” after taking off for the weekend. A smart thermostat knows when you’re at home or away and adjusts the temperature accordingly.
  • Adjust your HVAC system with your phone. A smart thermostat allows you to monitor and adjust your system from your bed or halfway across the country. Some models will even alert you if they detect a problem with your system, or if it’s time to change your air filter.
  • Monitors energy use. Most models will provide you with a personalized energy report each month. Some will even show how your energy use stacks up to comparable homes nearby.
  • Remote alerts and safety notifications. Some models of smart thermostats can send you an alert when something goes wrong. If you are away when this happens it can save you from a catastrophic failure. They can also send maintenance reminders so you don’t have to think about it.

Thermostat FAQs

Are you ready to upgrade your home with a smart thermostat? Don’t just pick one blindlymake sure that it meets all of your needs. To help ensure you get the most out of this investment, check out Howe’s thermostat FAQs. 

Are smart thermostats worth it? 2023-01-19T08:57:49-06:00

Smart thermostats have pros and cons. On the positive side, they can operate your system more efficiently. Most models are also Wi-Fi compatible, which means you can run your thermostat from an app on your phone or other smart device. You can even get text alerts when something is wrong with your system or it’s time for routine maintenance.

The biggest negative is that they are more expensive than a conventional thermostat.

How important is a thermostat to a home?2023-01-19T08:57:25-06:00

The thermostat is very important in your home. It is the main control that operates your heating and cooling system. With the proper settings, it can make a significant difference in how efficiently your home is heated or cooled.

Can I replace a thermostat myself?2023-01-19T08:56:15-06:00

You can replace your thermostat by yourself if you are mechanically inclined, but proceed carefully. When you install your new thermostat, there are some program features you need to setup in the install settings to correctly match up with the type of HVAC system you have installed on your property. This could include a furnace, heat pump or electric heater.

How does a thermostat work? 2023-01-19T08:55:48-06:00

The thermostat is the primary way to control your heating and cooling system. The thermostat senses the temperature in the room and turns on the heating or cooling system when needed. It will continue to run until the thermostat detects the change in temperature.

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Let Howe Help You Create Your Custom Comfort

Sometimes, making a small change can lead to a big difference in your comfort and energy bills! Want to learn more about our smart thermostat installation in Sioux Falls, SD, and surrounding communities?

Call or text us at 605-339-2020 to request your free estimate today.

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