Many homeowners have a smart thermostat, and experts expect the number of homes with a smart thermostat to increase over the coming years. Don’t confuse digital thermostats with smart thermostats. Although sometimes the two terms are used interchangeably, it’s possible that you have a thermostat with a digital display that still isn’t considered “smart” because it doesn’t connect to Wifi.
A smart thermostat offers a long list of great benefits, but we know the best reasons to invest in a smart thermostat. If you’re interested in smart thermostat installation in New Braunfels, TX, our team can help. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about why a smart thermostat is an investment in your home and comfort.
How a Smart Thermostat Works
A smart thermostat is one that connects to Wifi so that you can control it from any phone or computer, no matter where you are. It also has the capability of learning your heating and cooling patterns as well when you’re home or away. It does this by tracking your manual temperature changes and using geofencing or motion sensors in your home.
The idea is that your smart thermostat takes the guesswork out of reducing your energy costs. You can save energy without having to remember to change your temperature manually. It also helps you to improve the accuracy of your temperature settings. An older thermostat has a manual dial where you end up making a best guess of what the temperature setting is. Getting it wrong by even just a couple of degrees can cost you.
Smart Thermostat Benefits
To save money on energy costs you should lower the heating temperature when you leave for the day and increase the heat again when you come home. Lowering the temperature by ten degrees for at least eight hours per day is a great way to save on your energy bills. You can program your smart thermostat to make these temperature adjustments at certain times of the day.
You can make changes to the thermostat settings even while you’re away. For example, if you expect to arrive home early, you can program your thermostat to heat up again sooner than it usually would. If you’re going to be away longer, you can choose to maintain a lower temperature for longer so you’re not heating an empty home.
Your smart thermostat has the ability to learn your patterns and make suggestions to improve your energy use even more. This may include lowering the temperature even more while you’re away or even lowering the temperature some while you’re at home. For example, you may lower the heat by a few degrees when you lay down to go to sleep.
When your heater uses less energy, you’re also reducing the wear and tear on your system. Doing this consistently over time can help your heater to last for years longer. If the average lifespan is 15 years, you can help yours to last upwards of 20 years or longer.
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