People have been talking about smart homes for a while now, but a smart thermostat is a much easier change that can save money. It also greatly improves convenience and comfort.
A smart thermostat, also known as a connected thermostat, can do far more than turn on and off at scheduled times. Smart thermostats like the iComfort and Nest, learn your habits, respond to temperature conditions, and provide usage reports for great insights and planning.
10 Benefits of a Smart Thermostats From iComfort & Nest
- Saves Money
- It Learns Your Habits
- Phone in Your Preferences
- Greater Security
- Sensing Your Activity
- Energy Usage Reports
- Easier to Use
- Built-in Compatibility
- Good for the Environment
- Check for Rebates
Smart thermostats go beyond programmability. Set the weather zone for your area and your preferences. Many smart thermostats can lower your cooling and heating costs beyond what a programmable thermostat can. A home with zones can save even more by keeping the rooms rarely used at a different temperature.
Some smart thermostats, like Nest and iComfort, have the ability to learn when you’re active and adjust cooling and heating accordingly. This is very beneficial when the seasons change.
Smart thermostats come with apps that allow you to check your home’s temperature from anywhere – assuming that you have a WiFi connection. This allows you to check things when you’re not at home, change schedules accordingly, etc. So if you get stuck at work, a longer than usual commute or any other schedule change you can adjust your smart thermostat to save energy while you aren’t home.
Some smart thermostats have email alert capability. That way if your home’s temperature goes up or down beyond a certain range when you’re away, such as if your system malfunctions, you are alerted. The same can happen if there’s a power outage.
When paired with sensors that can detect movement, smart thermostats are able to react to changes better than a programmable thermostat. The sensors also allow for more finely tuned results.
Smart thermostats track and report your energy costs and usage so you can improve your home’s energy efficiency. The more you know about your energy patterns, the better you can plan conservation and money-saving efforts. The reports also typically make recommendations for further savings.
Smart thermostats tend to have larger, easier to read displays. The app is also typically easier on the eyes, unlike classic thermostats that are often in places with limited lighting or tiny screens.
Speaking of smart homes, for most buildings, it’s a gradual evolution to smart technology unless it’s new construction. Smart thermostats are frequently compatible with other smart devices. Sometimes devices like smart humidifiers, smart air purifiers and smart thermostats can be paired for greater environmental control.
Because smart thermostats help you save money, less energy is used, lowering your carbon footprint, which is good for the environment. Smart thermostat manufacturers project that they can reduce energy bills by at least 10-15%. To go even greener, pair a smart thermostat with solar panels to further reduce the use of carbon-producing energy.
Some utility companies offer rebates for installing a smart thermostat. Check their website or Google it for details.
If you’re thinking about smart thermostats, talk to a Tragar air conditioning expert for more information. Contact us today.