One of the easiest and most cost-effective upgrades you can make to improve your comfort at home and realize great savings on your fuel bills is to install a smart thermostat.
You probably know thermostats track the air temperature in your home and control your heating or cooling system to keep air at your desired setting. The most basic models are manual: turn the dial to adjust the temperature. Programmable thermostats use a timer to let you set different temperatures on a daily or weekly schedule. This helps use less fuel and keep heating and cooling costs more manageable.
Smart thermostats take the technology to the next level.
Wireless connectivity lets you check your thermostat settings and your home’s temperature from anywhere, using an app on your phone or tablet. Forgot to turn on the vacation setting for your central air conditioning? No problem—use your phone to do it while waiting in the security line at the airport.
Smart thermostats are designed to learn your heating and cooling habits, creating a schedule that matches them. Some even connect with your home automation system like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, so you can adjust your thermostat with a verbal command.
Here’s what make smart thermostats the smart choice
You know the best way to combat high heating and cooling bills is to reduce energy usage. When you “teach” a smart thermostat to lower the heat when you leave the house and turn it back up in time to make the house comfortable by the time you to get home you may be able to cut your heating and cooling costs by 10%, according to the United States Department of Energy. The savings you’ll enjoy will quickly offset the cost.
Old manual thermostats can vary by as much as five degrees between the temperature you set on your thermostat and the temperature of the air in your home. That makes a big difference not only in comfort, but in energy costs, as each degree difference can raise your heating or cooling costs by up to 2%. Smart thermostats are much more precise, with only a half-degree difference. The temperature you set is the temperature you get.
Constantly running your heat or air conditioning, or manually making extreme temperature adjustments, like you might when you come home to a very hot or cold house, adds stress to your HVAC system. Over time, this can cause breakdowns and ultimately shorten its lifespan. By using your smart thermostat to change your heat or air conditioning automatically, it will adjust gradually, taking pressure off your HVAC system and helping it last longer.
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