Are Smart Thermostats A Smart Choice?

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Are Smart Thermostats A Smart Choice?

3 February 2016
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Thermostats used to be simple, but nowadays there are many different kinds to choose from. You may have heard of smart thermostats and wonder if they are worth the expense. Here you will get some information about smart thermostats so you can decide if they are a smart choice.

Savings With a Smart Thermostat

There are savings to be had with a smart thermostat, but they depend on a lot of different factors. The main savings from a smart thermostat comes from adjusting your thermostat for the heat or AC to not run as much at night and when you're gone. So, it's important to know that if you're the type of person who forgets to set the thermostat back at night or when you leave, this could be a wise investment for you with significant savings. If you remember to adjust your thermostat at night and when you're gone then you probably won't be saving as much, but it will be more convenient for you. It generally takes several years for the thermostat to pay for itself and start really saving you money.

Convenience with a Smart Thermostat

Another huge benefit is the convenience that a smart thermostat provides. If you have a hectic life, you don't want to worry about your thermostat. A smart thermostat gives you the freedom to live your busy life with one less thing for you to worry about. Also, there are wi-fi thermostats, which are the most convenient. You don't even have to be in your house when you adjust your thermostat.

Extra Features of a Smart Thermostat

There are even more features to smart thermostats besides savings and remote access.

  • Sensors: Some smart thermostats come with sensors to adjust your thermostat depending on the conditions in your home, such as humidity, equipment alerts, and weather changes.
  • Smart scheduling: Certain smart thermostats come with a great feature where it remembers your scheduling and adjusts the thermostat to your schedule.
  • Energy history: This is a great feature to help you use your thermostat in the best way to save money. It allows you to see your usage history so you can make changes for better energy usage and savings.

So are smart thermostats a smart choice? That really depends on you and your household. If you are planning on moving in the near future, it won't be a smart choice. If you are getting it for the savings, you may be disappointed if you don't utilize the settings properly. If you appreciate convenience, potential savings on energy and your bill, and you aren't planning on moving any time soon, then smart thermostats may be a smart choice for you. Contact an HVAC contractor to have one installed.