Avoiding the Hassles of DST With Programmable and Smart Thermostats

Daylight Saving Time (DST) always has an effect on your HVAC system. Your heating and cooling units must coincide with the sun’s movement; otherwise, they won’t stay in rhythm to work properly.

Even if you grew up adjusting clocks when DST began or ended, getting help from technology makes it much easier to adapt to this practice. Of all modern-day conveniences, programmable and smart thermostats are some of the devices that have proven to be the most helpful.

Learn what an advanced thermostat can do to regulate your HVAC equipment that yours can’t when you lose or gain one hour because of DST.

Adjusting Settings Automatically

A programmable or smart thermostat has a DST automatic adjustment feature. When activated, an HVAC system will revert to the settings observed during the standard time.

In the past, some products had trouble maximizing this feature due to laws affecting the start and end dates of DST, but manufacturers were able to get around this by embedding the updated dates into the thermostats.

Allowing Remote Access

Smart thermostats can be controlled remotely through an app as long as they’re connected to the internet. If you’re away when DST kicks in or concludes, a smart thermostat lets you stay on top of your HVAC system manually.

You only need to do this if your thermostat doesn’t have an automatic adjustment feature, or perhaps if you like to make these changes on your own. Either way, you don’t have to be physically at home to tap into a connected thermostat.

Providing Reminders

Have you ever forgotten to change the settings of your HVAC system to adjust for DST? You don’t have to worry about making the same mistake with your thermostat again if you have a virtual assistant. Asking Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa to advise you of DST in advance is a simple but effective trick to avoid waking up too early.

Buy the Right Thermostat From the Authority on Heating and Cooling in San Francisco

McMaster Heating and Air Conditioning offers programmable and smart thermostats that automatically adjust for DST and are compatible with various different heating and cooling units. Call us at (949) 481-7995 today, or fill out this form, to discuss your HVAC needs.