Depending on who you ask, smart thermostats are either all the rage, or just another trend. The truth is, a smart thermostat can do things that traditional thermostats cannot—and that includes new ways of saving you money. But what exactly are the benefits of a smart thermostat, and is it worth it to get one? We’ll give you an in-depth look below.
What is a smart thermostat?
A smart thermostat is a digital, wi-fi connected thermostat that controls your home’s AC and heat. It does everything a normal thermostat does, but it allows you to check and control it remotely from an app on your phone. Additionally, many use machine learning to optimize energy use based on when you’re home and what your personal temperature preferences are.
Most of this happens automatically—as the homeowner, you simply get comfortable temperatures and lower energy bills, without a lot of effort on your part.
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4 Main Benefits of a Smart Thermostat
The biggest benefits of a smart thermostat include:
- Bigger energy savings. Lots of conventional thermostats, especially “programmable” ones, are meant to help you save money on energy. But smart thermostats do much more. They are designed to nudge you toward energy-friendly habits, recommending when to turn down heat or AC and giving you rewards like badges when you reach new levels of energy efficiency. This translates to real dollars: the average smart thermostat is estimated to save homeowners $130 to $145 a year, quickly paying for themselves. Many feature smart “learning” about your energy habits to save you even more.
- Easier to use. If you’ve used some of the programmable thermostats of yesteryear, you may have felt like you needed NASA training to operate them. Not so with smart thermostats. The screens are modern touchscreens with intuitive, user-friendly layout.
- Remote access. You can access your thermostat from your phone, meaning you can quickly change the temperature even when you’re at work or on vacation. Suddenly have to stay out late? No problem, you can turn down the AC remotely so you’re not wasting energy until you get home.
- You get the info you need, when you need it. Smart thermostats will alert you if the temperature suddenly goes above or below the pre-set range, which could indicate a problem. Power outage at home? You’ll get an alert for that, too. And perhaps most importantly, these devices give you maintenance alerts so that you stay on-schedule and keep your heating and AC at peak efficiency. They even sense when it’s time to change the air filter.
Is a Smart Thermostat Right for You?
Some people can’t wait to try smart thermostats, while others want to know if they really live up to the hype. Let us answer your questions. At Ambient Edge, we can walk you through the features and help you figure out if a smart thermostat will make a difference for you. And all of our thermostats come with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Give us a call at 888-628-5890 or fill out the form to your right and get answers from an expert today.