If you want a way to save money and energy in your home, it might be a worthwhile investment to research getting a smart thermostat. These gadgets can do everything from track when you leave the house, so that it doesn’t throw away electricity heating or cooling an empty home, to adjusting energy usage based on how many people are in a room or what time of day it is.
We’ll review what a smart thermostat is, how it runs and why it’s worthwhile to invest in one. We’ll also talk about how it can help you save money on your energy bills by reducing energy consumption.
A smart thermostat is an automated device that allows you to do it all from changing your heating and cooling settings for various times of day, to monitoring when people are in the house, so it isn’t wasting energy by heating or cooling an empty home.
Most smart thermostats have learning capabilities, which means they pay attention to how you change your settings and make automatic adjustments over time based on what they learn from you.
A smart thermostat links to Wi-Fi, so you’ll be able to change and monitor your energy usage from just about anywhere.
A smart thermostat has learning algorithms and can connect with other smart home technology, like Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit, for even better control over your comfort. They work with most systems, including home heating and air conditioning.
Smart thermostat features include a temperature sensor that can tell when the home is empty, and then automatically adjust to an energy-efficient setting. Your smart thermostat may be able to geofence with your phone to know when you’re at home or away.
A smart thermostat does tasks like adjust more for rooms that are occupied or have more people in them, as well as monitor what time of day it is so it knows how much heating or air conditioning should be used.
For many people, the answer is yes. If you do a lot of travel or are out for long hours during the day, it may be worth your money to get one of these devices. You could save a lot, especially if you forget to adjust it when you leave for the office or go out of town for the weekend.
You won’t have to be concerned about whether your smart thermostat is on the appropriate program, or if you remembered to adjust the temperature setting before you left. It doesn’t require much effort from you, but you’ll notice it in lower energy bills.
Many homeowners have a standard programmable thermostat, but 40% of them aren’t set correctly. This means you could be missing opportunities to save on heating and cooling costs.
Smart thermostats are handy because they adjust to your schedule and automate heating and cooling to match. You can set a similar schedule on a programmable thermostat. But it’s more work to program your thermostat by hand.
A smart thermostat conveniently adjusts and gradually changes the temperature inside your home for the biggest energy savings. If you manually change a programmable thermostat, you can overload your HVAC system and make it work harder to meet your changes.
Yes, because your smart thermostat will learn about your temperature preferences and day-to-day activities to make a schedule that reduces heating and cooling costs. You don’t have to do much as your thermostat does all the work for you while saving money.
You can acquire the same energy savings with a programmable thermostat, but it’s going to require a little bit more work than a smart thermostat. To put together a schedule on programmable models, we advise following these recommendations from ENERGY STAR® to save energy.
To sum up, you don’t have to buy a smart thermostat to decrease your energy bill. All you need is a programmable thermostat, but it’s important to know that any savings may come at the expense of your comfort and convenience.
Nest, one of the most prominent smart thermostat manufacturers, states its smart thermostat saves U.S. households about:
Your smart thermostat will provide you with a monthly heating and cooling report, which usually compares you to other residences in your community.
Your potential savings differ based on your house, where you live, how much insulation you have and your preferred temperature settings. You might experience average savings, significant savings or somewhere in the middle.
If you’re noticing you’re only seeing minimal savings on energy costs, you might be optimizing for energy efficiency currently. This includes switching off your HVAC system when you’re not at home or moving your thermostat up/down when you’re asleep.
Smart thermostats make this easy through their hands-off process that gradually shifts the temperature. If you’re at home often, it might not save you much on energy costs as is the point in an automated, energy-efficient schedule.
Many utility companies give rebates to homeowners who install energy-saving, ENERGY STAR-certified equipment such as a smart thermostat. The rebate total varies by company, but in most instances, it will cover most or all the expense. To learn more, visit your utility company’s website for rebate information.
Installing a smart thermostat is an investment, but it can help you spend less money in the long run. If you’ve been considering getting one and want to know if they work as promised, we provide free home comfort assessments. Call our Experts at 866-397-3787 to request yours now!
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