Three Reasons to Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat
Other than occasionally adjusting the temperature to our liking, we usually do not think much about our thermostat. You may still have an old mercury-based thermostat, or maybe you have an electronic thermostat and assume you are on the cutting edge of technology. Over time, this apathy can be expensive. Newer, smart thermostats are programmable and can help regulate our heating and cooling very conveniently, and even remotely. New programmable thermostats can save money, avoid or solve classic thermostat problems, and convenience.
There are many options available and costs vary, but smart thermostats generally range from $75 to $200 plus installation costs. However, smart thermostats will pay for themselves and save money over time. Because these are energy-saving devices, check with your power company to see if your upgrade qualifies for a rebate. Smart thermostats can automatically adjust the thermostat multiple times per day so that when no one is at home, your HVAC unit is not working hard to keep optimal temperatures you don’t need, which saves money and can actually extend the life of your HVAC system. Old mercury-based thermostats are not always accurate and must be adjusted by hand, which encourages them to stay at the same temperature all of the time, whether anyone is at home or not. Basic programmable digital thermostats are a step up, but can only be programmed, in person, for a standard 7-day period. If your needs change, you have to redo the programming. Smart thermostats can also be used if you have different zones in your home and can even remind you to perform routine maintenance such as changing filters.
Older thermostats that have been in your home for many years can experience several problems such as poor placement, dirt and grime buildup, and bad electrical connections. All of these problems reduce your comfort and reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system. Upgrading to a smart thermostat results in better accuracy, improved comfort, less maintenance, and less worry about energy consumption.
Many smart thermostat models are Wi-Fi enabled, which allows you to change temperature settings whenever you want from your smartphone, tablet, or computer – even if you’re away from home. Forget to reprogram your thermostat before taking a weekend trip? Simply readjust the program while you’re on the road. Nothing could be more hassle-free. Some models even learn behaviors to make automatic adjustments. They monitor when you are typically home and what temperature you prefer and can create a program based on this data. Have a whole house humidifier? No problem, many smart thermostats can monitor humidity and manage the humidifier as well.
The many benefits of a smart thermostat should put it on your home upgrade agenda.