By now, you've probably read countless household energy efficiency tips designed to save you money. And one thing most of them have in common is that they all require at least a little bit of effort.
Even if the effort is as small as remembering to turn off the lights when you leave the room, the strategy only works if you remember to do it -- and then actually do it. And that doesn't always happen.
So it's amazing when technology is able to take over those responsibilities and allow you to save energy and money with almost no effort at all. That's where smart thermostats come in.
A Thermostat That Learns
Savvy homeowners were able to save a bundle on HVAC use when programmable thermostats were first introduced, but the introduction of smart thermostats has enabled a much larger leap in energy efficiency.
That's because the most sophisticated models are able to actually learn your schedule, habits and preferences, and can even tell when you're home or away. Owning a smart thermostat is like having an artificially intelligent butler who is trained to anticipate your home comfort needs and make everything just right before you even think to ask -- all while being mindful of the monthly utility bill.
With most smart thermostats, you'll need to use them much like manual thermostats for the first several days. This is the "training" period. Every time you make an adjustment, the smart thermostat will remember everything about that moment -- the current temperature, the desired temperature, the time of day, the day of the week, even the current local weather conditions.
Over time, you'll find yourself using the manual controls less and less because the thermostat will start beating you to the punch.
Even manual use of a smart thermostat is easier than ever -- if your smartphone is in your pocket, you don't even have to stand up. Smart thermostats can be controlled from anywhere in the world with a smartphone app, so if your schedule suddenly changes or you forget to set your thermostat to vacation mode before leaving for the airport, you're still in control.
Most smart thermostats also collect all sorts of data on your system's energy efficiency during different hours, months and weather conditions. Depending on your model, you may be able to use the app to access detailed data reports with actionable advice to cut your energy costs even more.
If you're ready to start saving effortlessly with a smart thermostat, get in touch with your local HVAC experts today.