We have smart devices all over our house these days: smartphones, smart TVs, even smart refrigerators! It seems like using technology for our benefit has fully taken over our households, and, with that in mind, we’ll discuss the benefits of a smart thermostat in this post.
Ease of Access
Owning a smart thermostat provides another level of comfort and convenience that other thermostats cannot provide. Programmable thermostats have been around since the 1980s, but oftentimes they are hard to understand and program. In fact, a recent study showed that 89% of programmable thermostat owners surveyed rarely even programmed their thermostats. With smart thermostats, you can control the temperature from your smartphone using an app instead of trying to figure out how to press the correct button to program your weekly temperature schedule.
In addition to the ease of programming, if you have an Alexa device or a Google home, you can use it to find out what the thermostat is set at and even change the temperature. Working hard on a project and don’t want to lose focus or take time away to go change the thermostat? With a smart thermostat, you don’t have to worry about any of that. Just command your smart device to change the temperature for you. It’s that simple!
On top of that, having an app allows you to change the temperature in your home from absolutely anywhere! You won’t have to worry about whether or not you set the thermostat at the right temperature before you left for vacation because you can check it with a few taps on your phone.
According to Energy.gov, “you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.” The average electric bill is $117.65 per month, so after doing the math that means you could save around $141.18 every year by using a programmable or smart thermostat.
With smart thermostats, you can use the programmable features to make sure that you don’t come home to a place that’s too hot or too cold. Some smart thermostat apps even allow you to use your location so the temperature can be right where you want it when you come home!
Tracking Energy Usage
In addition to saving you time and money, you can also keep track of your energy usage with smart thermostats. All of the apps from the major brands have great visual aids to show you how much energy you use each day, and, over time, you can see how much you used compared to the previous month or previous year.
Knowing what days you are using more energy can help you to develop better habits on those days, and over time, that will save you even more money!
Smart thermostats have many positive benefits to make your life easier and help save the environment and your wallet. If you already have smart devices in your home, this is an easy addition that will be invaluable over time. With the programmable features, an app with the ability to change the temperature and check energy usage, and the savings over time, it seems like a great upgrade for any household.
Parthenon Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling has been installing smart thermostats in the greater Nashville area for years now. Whether you live in Nashville or any of the surrounding communities, we are ready and willing to help you upgrade your home with the latest smart thermostats, including Nest, Honeywell, and Ecobee. Give us a call today at (615) 298-2995 to schedule an appointment to install your smart thermostat!