Smart thermostats allow you to monitor and control your home’s temperature, indoor air quality and more through your smartphone, PC or tablet. With the versatility of how you can control your smart thermostat comes additional savings. Since these devices can be controlled from outside of the home, you can customize your heating and cooling according to when you need it.
There are many different types of smart thermostats available on the consumer market today to choose from. Some of these thermostats offer options that others will not. Take for example, the Ecobee4, one of the most popular smart thermostats in the United States. The Ecobee4 allows you to deliver the right temperatures on a zoned or room by room basis. It also knows which rooms in the home are currently occupied and it comes with an intuitive app that works with Apple’s Home kit as well as other smart home system software. The Ecobee4 also has Alexa programmed into it, so you can use it with Amazon’s voice assistant.
How to Install a Smart Thermostat
Depending on your current heating and cooling system in your home will determine the simplicity or lack thereof installing a smart thermostat. If you are not sure what you are doing then it is best to contact a local heating and cooling company to assist you in the installation of the smart thermostat. Working with electricity can be quite dangerous and if you do not know your way around electricity then it is best to hire a heating and cooling technician. Cypress Heating & Air can assist you with smart thermostat installation and any of your heating & air repair or installation needs.
Why You Should Upgrade
Smart thermostats have positioned themselves as one of the top must-have devices available on the consumer market today among homeowners looking to be more energy efficient. Although smart thermostats can be quite pricey and range upwards to $300 or more depending on what smart thermostat you decide to go with – these thermostats are the next generation of temperature control for your home. They offer long-term savings that will far exceed the initial costs to purchase them.
Is there a difference between programmable and smart thermostats?
Absolutely, smart thermostats are very much so different from programmable thermostats. A programmable thermostat basically only allows homeowners to pre-program temperature settings. Thus, allowing heating and cooling to be lowered during pre-scheduled times of the day or night. Programmable thermostats are a decent tool at reducing the consumption of electricity when conditioned air is not needed and they do offer a quick return on initial costs.
Smart thermostats however take programmable thermostats to an entirely different level. Smart thermostats learning capabilities allow the device to actually pick up on your habits and preferences automatically. Once the thermostat and its sensors understand the routines of the occupants of the home, it will automatically adjust temperatures in the home based upon triggered actions. Actions, such as when you get out of bed, the number of persons in the home and at what times, and more. Capabilities of smart thermostats vary from manufacturer to manufacturer but most of these devices are WiFi-enabled and have an application that can be downloaded and managed remotely through a smart phone, tablet, or other smart enabled device.
Smart Thermostats: Savings
Manufacturers of smart thermostats, claim that their products can help homeowners reduce their heating and cooling bills from anywhere between 10 to 15 percent on average. The ecobee4 stouts that homeowners average energy reduction is as much as 23%. The potential in savings is honestly depicted upon how much the homeowner is willing to leverage the said smart device to saving. Homeowners that work from home for example may not see a large reduction in their costs in comparison to homeowners who have 8 to 5 jobs away from home.
Heating and cooling accounts for a very large amount of the typical monthly electrical bill, ranging from anywhere between 40 to 60 percent. Any changes that can be made to lower the monthly electrical bill can be cost effective over the long run and have a pretty decent impact on lowering your monthly energy usage.
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