By now everyone has heard about smart thermostats and how they’re better and more energy-efficient than that old thermostat that has been installed in your home or apartment ever since you moved there. Sure, having the latest smart thermostat hooked up to your phone and running on your Wi-Fi is cool and all but do you sometimes wonder what the fuss is all about? HOW do these thermostats save you energy and money? WHAT is it that they actually DO?
Welcome to our smart thermostat guide! Here we will walk you through the features of a smart thermostat to help you better understand how they work to help you save energy and money in your everyday life.
Essentially, smart thermostats are loaded with features that make it easy to save energy. At the surface, they eliminate confusing programming, adapt to your preferred heating and cooling schedule, and can be controlled from anywhere using a smartphone – but what else can they do?
Pop quiz time! If your thermostat maintains a comfortable temperature in your home, even when nobody's there to appreciate it, does it needlessly bloat your utility bills? Unfortunately, yes! Most people have felt the dread of opening a pricey bill as the result of maintaining optimal temperatures in an empty home. Sounds silly, right?
Smart thermostats are a simple solution to this situation and share the following features:
That’s right! Many smart thermostats today have the ability to detect if someone is in the room or not and will adjust the temperature accordingly. They also memorize your habits, learn what your preferences are by the adjustments you make, and create a personalized schedule that fits your needs. It’s like having a quiet assistant available at all hours of the day (and night)!
Cool…what else? Well, there’s more:
The above means you are always in the know, up to speed, and aware. Your app alerts keep you posted from wherever you are – at the office, on vacation, you name it! Security is important when you’re away and the ability to receive alerts or even just check to make sure everything is functioning properly can put you at ease.
Receiving reports that show you how you’re using energy is also extremely insightful and educational. It can open your eyes to how your energy is being used and help you change your routine to start saving energy instead. It’s empowering to have reports like these available at your fingertips.
So what do you say? Ready to upgrade to a smart thermostat? Your utility company may even offer them at a discounted rate!
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