Smart Thermostat 101
What is a smart thermostat?
Your HVAC system thermostat regulates the temperature setting for your air conditioning, furnace, or heat pump. Thermostats are connected directly to your HVAC system. A smart thermostat allows you to control your home’s HVAC system remotely and will “learn” your habits to efficiently keep your home regulated.
Certain apps also allow you to remotely control your wireless thermostat even when you’re not home.
Why choose an interactive thermostat?
One of the biggest benefits of an interactive thermostat is energy savings. Your smart thermostat allows you to program your home’s temperature to match your schedule. You will consume less energy by efficiently setting your thermostat and allowing your HVAC system to work smarter, not harder.
Your smart thermostat can also adjust indoor temperatures based on the outside temperature to help you regulate energy usage. Interactive temperature setting by your thermostat will take away the worry of having to remember if you adjusted temperature settings while you are away.
Smart thermostats allow you to adjust temperatures from anywhere, anytime. If you want to turn down your AC before you arrive, you can do that. If you notice a warm/cold front while you are on vacation, you can make the adjustment as necessary.
Advanced Benefits of a Smart Thermostat
Wireless smart thermostats go above and beyond the features of a programmable model to deliver an effortless indoor comfort experience. With a wireless thermostat, you’ll get:
Easy Programming: A smart thermostat learns your habits and behaviors, schedule, and preferences to keep you comfortable without the need to adjust the temperature setting.
Wi-Fi Connectivity: You can control your thermostat and your home’s temperature settings from your mobile device or desktop computer.
Energy Consumption Reporting: Your smart thermostat compiles data regarding your energy consumption so you can fine-tune your HVAC system to maximize your energy savings.
Repair and Maintenance Alerts: Smart thermostats will alert you to upcoming system maintenance and can also alert you to any improperly functioning systems.
What Savings Should I Expect
While actual savings will vary from home to home based on factors such as temperature preferences and energy costs, installing a smart thermostat offers the potential for significant savings.
According to ENERGY STAR, the correct use of a programmable thermostat will save you approximately $180 per year. The determining factor is if the programmable thermostat is used correctly or not.
Many interactive thermostat manufacturers offer online savings calculators which can help you determine your potential savings based on the area in which you live. Smart thermostats will cost more and can cost more to install than a manual thermostat.
The energy savings achieved by smart thermostat usage will allow the equipment to pay for itself over time.
If you currently have a manual thermostat, upgrading to a “smart stat” is certainly going to be worth it because of the energy savings it helps you achieve by taking system adjustments out of your hands.
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