Most of us in Harford County have become accustomed to smart phones. We rely on them to stay connected with out-of-town family on Social Media, check our work emails from anywhere, and even shop and buy products that we have shipped directly to our homes. So in the age of such technology, it’s not surprising that new smart products are popping up in every industry. The question is who can make use of them and who should take advantage of them.
Smart thermostats are one of the newest innovations in HVAC technology. They monitor your home activity then program themselves to adjust to your heating habits. Knowing when you’re home and not home prevents the furnace from clicking on and wasting heat when you’re away, potentially saving you a lot on energy bills.
Do smart thermostats cost more?
Brands like Nest, Ecobee and Honeywell all have smart thermostats on the market. The standard Nest model is $249 which costs more than a standard thermostat, but if you end up saving enough on heating bills, the upfront cost could be worth it.
How does a smart thermostat work?
Smart thermostats have features to help maintaining a comfortable temperature while saving you money.
- It keeps track of your habits. When you turn your thermostat down a few degrees at night and back up in the morning, it remembers and then starts to replicate your changes on its own.
- It knows when you’re not home. The thermostat can sense when the house is empty and lowers the temperature so you don’t waste energy.
- It keeps a log of your energy history. This allows you to inspect data and look for places to make changes and save more money.
- It monitors local weather reports and adjusts the temperature accordingly.
- It can be controlled from your phone. You can turn up the heat before heading home for work or maintain the current temperature if you’re going to be gone a little later than usual.
Is a smart thermostat worth the extra cost?
Programmable thermostats are a great energy-saving option for those who don’t want to spend the extra money on a newer smart version. As long as you have a pretty consistent routine and program your thermostat accordingly, you’ll still save hundreds of dollars per year more than you would with a standard manual thermostat.
But if you’re someone who isn’t careful about adjusting the temperature when you’re away from home or sleeping, you could end up paying for the extra cost of the thermostat in just a year. And if you often end up being out of the house at inconsistent times, such as after-work dinners and kids’ ballgames, your bills could benefit from being able to make that adjustment from your phone.
One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning in Aberdeen would be happy to talk to you about the options available in smart and programmable thermostats. One of our HVAC technicians can install it in your home at a time that’s convenient for you. Just give us a call.