Benefits Of A Smart Thermostat
In a world now full of smart devices, smart thermostats are changing how people are heating and cooling their homes. While it may seem like an unnecessary luxury to some, more and more people are saving money every month on their energy bills while coming home to their ideal comfortable temperatures regardless of the weather outside. Smart thermostats are easy to use, help save money, and give you more control of your home.
Smart Thermostats Are One Of The Most Effective Ways To Save Energy
One of the reasons people aren’t able to routinely save money on their energy bills is because they don’t know how much energy they’re using. By having an accurate and simple way to track your energy usage, it’s easier than ever to save. Not only can you take full control over your heating and cooling usage, but you can see energy monitoring reports that can help you make decisions when setting a heating and cooling schedule for your home.
Monitoring Your Energy Usage
Smart thermostats are an accurate way of tracking your energy use. By using scheduling features, you can maintain an automated temperature control schedule to help save money while you’re not home. You can also see your heating and cooling habits throughout the year to be able to accurately predict your future energy bills, which can also help you plan to save more money down the road. These energy reports may also give you tips on how to save money and be more efficient in your energy usage.
Smart Learning Technology
While any smart thermostat can be completely controlled by a homeowner, they can also learn your tendencies on their own. It can set itself to start cooling the home to your ideal temperature right as you would normally get home. By being able to learn your patterns, your home will use energy and maintain the perfect temperature comfort level of your choosing based on when you’re home.
Depending on the weather outside, your home will either need to heat up or cool down. If you live in a place like the midwest of America where you may need to switch between heating and cooling multiple times in the same week, it can really catch you by surprise. Some smart thermostats have the ability to track the weather and adjust the temperature of your home according to fluctuating outside temperatures. With automated weather tracking, your home will always be comfortable no matter what it feels like outside.
As mentioned earlier with smart learning technology, your smart thermostat needs to be able to accurately learn your habits. Some of these smart thermostats have movement sensors, so they can tell when you or your family are home. These room sensors can sense when nobody is home for long stretches of time so it can help save you money and set a better energy usage schedule.
Smart Thermostats Are Compatible and Convenient
Homeowners today turn to home automation as a way to increase the efficiency and performance of their homes. But as technology continues to advance, it can often lead to more headaches when it comes to programming and compatibility. However, many smart thermostats currently on the market help minimize the headaches by offering features geared towards compatibility and convenience.
Sync With Other Smart Devices
Smart devices are becoming more and more popular these days. Many people have several smart device platforms and applications throughout their home, and oftentimes they can all link up with one another. This means your thermostat can communicate with other electronics in your house to enhance their smart learning abilities or to better track energy usage around the house.
How nice would it be to be able to change the temperature of your home without even moving a finger? Sometimes it’s too cold and you’re stuck under a blanket and don’t want to get up. Using smart speaker devices like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home, you can just speak your wish into existence. “Alexa, raise the temperature to 72 degrees” can be all it takes.
Control Remotely From Smart Device
Coming home from work early? You can change the air temperature of your entire home from your phone, whether you’re at home already or not. Start to cool your home down before you even leave the office by simply using an app on your smartphone. You can also turn the air off to help save money once you’ve left the house.
While your smart thermostat may have sensors and learning abilities, sometimes it’s nice to have control of your own schedule. Using app-based scheduling, you can have full control of when your home is using heating and cooling without having to stand at the thermostat and press a bunch of buttons trying to figure out what you’re doing. These apps are simple to use and can be used outside of the house when you’re on the go.
Smart Thermostats Can Recognize When Your Furnace or AC is Broke Before It Stops Working
Some smart thermostats have the ability to send you alerts when things may not be working correctly. If the indoor temperatures of your home reach a certain point, it can be a bad sign that your HVAC system may be experiencing some issues or failing. Using devices like Ecobee thermostats, you can set alerts for high and low temperatures, one for the summer and one for the winter.
If you set the maximum temperature of your home to 72 degrees, but receive an alert from your smart device that the indoor temperature has climbed to 80+ degrees, it’s very likely that your air conditioner is experiencing some kind of problem. Some smart thermostats not only will tell you when less than ideal temperatures have been reached, but have the capability of diagnosing why the issue occurred in the first place. Finding out what the problem is with your HVAC system can be costly, so having a device that will alert you right away what the problem is and when it occurs can save you time and money.
Upgrade Your Efficiency Today With A Smart Programmable Thermostat
With all of the benefits of a smart thermostat becoming more common knowledge, more and more brands are making their own devices. These are a few of the best on the market today:
Bryant Connex Thermostat
The Bryant Evolution Connex Control thermostat is a wifi-enabled control system that’s also very user-friendly. Gain complete home control over your humidity, ventilation and zoning, and of course heating and cooling. Control your home using its touchscreen features or through its wifi-enabled remote access.
Ecobee Smart Thermostat
The Ecobee thermostats use smart learning capabilities to adapt the comfort of your home to your schedule. This is an energy star-certified smart thermostat with Alexa built-in to utilize voice control. Ecobee thermostats give you control of your home remotely through IOS or Android.
Nest Smart Thermostat
Nest is a Google product that not only uses smart capabilities to control the comfort of your home but can synchronize with all Google smart devices around the house. Nest uses voice control and remote access to make scheduling your heating and cooling a breeze. Nest also makes energy reporting readily available and simple to understand.
Save Up To $75 With Smart Thermostat Rebates
Some energy companies are currently offering rebates for their customers that use smart thermostats. Not only will you be saving money through more efficient energy usage, but these companies will give you money back to make buying your new smart thermostat even more affordable.
Ameren: $50 Rebate
Ameren Missouri is offering a $50 sign-up bonus for anybody using a qualifying smart thermostat that registers for their Peak Time Savings Program. Visit the Ameren Missouri Online Store or your local retailer to purchase a qualifying thermostat.
Spire: $25 Rebate
Spire is offering users a $25 rebate for installing a qualified smart thermostat. Learn more about how to earn your rebate and how to apply on Spire's website.
Schedule Programmable Thermostat Installation Today!
If you are considering upgrading the technology in your home to use smart thermostat capabilities, Superior Heating and Cooling is here to help. We have created our own St Louis home automation system installation team. Call us at (314) 209-7500 today to start turning your home into a smart home.