Smart home technology has become a major part of home comfort and savings in several areas, and the HVAC realm is no exception. The single most common home automation feature found in HVAC systems, and perhaps even in homes altogether, is what’s known as a smart thermostat – what is this, and should you be considering one for your home?
At My Buddy the Plumber, we’re happy to offer numerous plumbing and HVAC services, including the selection and installation of smart thermostats for those looking to upgrade. Smart thermostats are even more versatile than programmable thermostats, allowing for control from anywhere and major convenience upgrades – plus several other areas. This two-part blog will go over all the varied benefits of switching to a smart thermostat.
The key draw for many homeowners when it comes to smart thermostat installation is savings on their energy bill. The smart thermostat is designed to keep you comfortable, yes, but to do so while using the smallest amount of energy possible. It does this through several themes, such as setting itself to energy-saving temperatures while no one is home – this might save you as much as 10% on your bill. In addition, there are many parts of the country that offer rebates on using a smart thermostat certified by Energy Star.
In addition, installation is a breeze with a smart thermostat. It takes very little time and has no extensive costs.
Through many of the same themes as we just went over, smart thermostats are also hugely beneficial to the environment compared to other thermostat varieties. Energy Star certified smart thermostats offset millions of pounds of greenhouse gas emissions by making systems more efficient, and this number only continues to rise each year as more and more homeowners make the move to smart thermostats.
From the convenience and control side of things, smart thermostats offer options that have never before been seen in the HVAC world. Did you and the family just leave for a summer vacation, but forget to set the thermostat? No problem – you can do it from your smartphone, tablet or a variety of other Wi-Fi-connected devices. This is on top of the general scheduling you would already have in place, scheduling you can easily alter or override from your device if needed.
One of several ways a smart thermostat conserves energy while keeping you comfortable is through learning your daily routines. If you go several straight days where you turn the temperature down for sleep right at 11pm, for instance, the thermostat will begin to automatically program itself to make this change without your command. There are numerous other similar features, such as the system’s ability to connect to your phone’s location and automatically turn on eco-friendly mode when you leave the house.
For more on the benefits of installing a smart thermostat, or to learn about any of our HVAC or plumbing services, speak to the staff at My Buddy the Plumber today.
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