Published on September 13th, 2017
I wish smart thermostats existed twenty plus years ago. My mind thinks back to the time I woke up to get ready for school and my house was freezing cold. Being all of 10 years old, I turned the thermostat up to 80 degrees. But I forgot to turn it back down before I left for school. Eight hours later when Mom and Dad came home from work, they found our dog, Blue, lying on the kitchen floor, panting and waterless. They found my hamster, Joey, lying in his water dish. Needless to say, I got into big trouble that day! Had smart thermostats and smart phones existed back then, my parents could have received an alert to the situation at home. The temperature in our house could have been monitored from their phones. Thankfully, Blue and Joey survived my absent-mindedness that day.
Why a Smart Thermostat is a Good Idea
Thermostats aren’t what they used to be. Today they’re a solid investment in energy savings. When you install a smart thermostat, you acquire flexibility, options, and savings, too.
The concept of a smart thermostat is relatively new. It is based on thermostat technology that allows you to set different temperatures at different times during the day. The thermostat learns your temperature preferences and programs itself accordingly. And automatically adjusting the temperature saves money.
For example, the thermostat can be programmed to shut off the furnace or air conditioner when you go to bed at night and turn when you wake up. This keeps your HVAC system from running needlessly spending money needlessly. Wouldn’t it be terrific not to have to remember to do this yourself? You know it would!
Smart thermostats allow for total home automation. This includes keyless entry to your home, and the ability to turn lights on and off from anywhere. Ahhhh, numerous comforts that easily pay for themselves over time.
Advantages of a Smart Thermostat
What are some of the advantages of a smart thermostat?
- Saves money – It utilizes the technologies available today to save you money.
- Is Wi-fi enabled – Because a smart thermostat is Wi-fi enabled, you can program any device to control the temperature in your home.
- Learns its environment – From the moment it’s installed, it learns the weather and size, the number of occupants, and type of HVAC system in your home to improve efficiency. Simply allowing the device to learn its environment will save money in the long run.
- Easy to use – Just because smart thermostats involve technology doesn’t mean they are difficult to use. The touchscreen allows you to follow simple prompts to set up a program for your home.
How Smart Thermostats Save You Money
Did you know that more than half a home’s energy consumption is related to heating and cooling? That can add up quickly and take a toll on the ol’ wallet. If you’re looking to cut your energy costs, take a look at a smart thermostat for your home.
Because smart thermostats are programmable, you can schedule your home’s temperature settings on a schedule. They also learn your behavior and adjust heating and cooling levels accordingly. At night while you sleep and when no is home, they bring the temperature down. These kinds of minor adjustments made on a regular basis significantly reduce the amount of energy used and save money.
And if you don’t like where the temperature is at for whatever reason, you can manually override the smart thermostat. And you won’t affect the preset temperature settings. They allow you more temperature control for greater savings.
The Recurring Theme of a Smart Thermostat
Have you noticed the recurring theme of this blog post? It’s a smart thermostat’s ability to save money. The initial investment may seem high. But the way it utilizes technology to create an energy-efficient home saves money and pays for itself over time.
Increased savings and added convenience – two great reasons to call Blue Frost Heating & Cooling today. We can install and fully test a smart thermostat in your home in as little as 60 minutes or less. Get smart. Call (630) 761-9007 and start saving money now.