What is a smart thermostat?
A smart thermostat is a Wi-Fi enabled device that automatically adjusts the temperature settings in your home. These are used to obtain optimal performance for your heating and cooling systems.
Can a Smart Thermostat Save Me Money?
According to energy.gov, you can save up to 10% a year on heating and cooling by turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day. That doesn’t mean you need to compromise your comfort, however. Keeping your home cooler while you are away or asleep during the winter saves you energy and money in the long run. In turn, keeping your home warmer than usual while you are away in the summer (while ensuring humidity control), accomplishes this same goal in the warmer months. Remembering that the smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your energy bills will be.
What is the difference between a smart thermostat and a standard programmable thermostat?
Smart thermostats actually learn the patterns of the household and adjust the heating and cooling levels accordingly. Standard programmable thermostats can be effective but most people don’t actually use them. Smart thermostats add a level of convenience by establishing a schedule that automatically adjusts to energy-saving temperatures when you are away or asleep. The ability to control your thermostat remotely also adds to the convenience factor. For those who enjoy data tracking, smart thermostats provide users with temperature and equipment use you can track and manage.
Considerations before installing a smart thermostat
There are many forms of heating and cooling equipment (air conditioner, heat pump, gas furnace, etc.) and it’s possible you will need a specific thermostat to control your system’s functions. Smart thermostats require specific wiring and it is important to consult with a licensed professional HVAC technician before proceeding with installation.
A smart thermostat is an easy and convenient way to manage the climate in your home and save money in the process. If you are interested in upgrading your system we are happy to assess your equipment and determine which thermostat would best fit your needs.
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