Smart technology is quickly becoming the norm in many households, especially when it comes to thermostats. While some homeowners are still unconvinced that smart thermostats are all that great, they actually come with a host of benefits that just can’t be ignored. Here are some of the main reasons smart thermostats are a must in your home.
Control Your HVAC System From Anywhere
What makes a thermostat smart? There are a few things, but one of the main “smart” features of a smart thermostat is that you can control it using your smartphone or other smart home devices. This means you can control your air conditioner from virtually anywhere. Many homeowners use their smartphone controls to turn the AC up before they get home so it’s nice and cool by the time they get there. And if you forget to turn the AC off when you leave for a vacation, don’t worry — you can turn it off with your phone and still save money on energy bills!
If everyone in your household goes to work or school for most of the day, your AC wastes energy keeping the house cool when no one is there. That’s where programming your smart thermostat comes in. With a smart thermostat, you have the ability to program the system so it coincides with your schedule, saving you energy daily. Some common schedules include:
- Turning the temperature up when you leave for work.
- Turning the temperature back down 30 minutes before you get home from work.
- Lowering the temperature at night for a more comfortable sleep.
Like the Nest Learning thermostat, some smart thermostats can even learn your schedule and make energy-efficient adjustments without any work on your part. All you have to do is go about your day as normal!
Track Your Energy Use
Some thermostats have the ability to monitor your HVAC system’s energy use, analyzing its performance and creating a report that you can view on your phone. Not only does this feature bring you more in-tune with your HVAC system, but it will also alert you of possible problems with the system. If your AC starts using much more energy than normal, it may need repairs. If your old system is slowly becoming less and less efficient over time, you’ll notice and be able to plan for a replacement.
Lower Energy Costs
The biggest benefit of investing in a smart thermostat is that it increases your HVAC system’s energy efficiency. With smart thermostats, you can easily program your system, control the settings from your phone and closely monitor the system’s performance. All of this minimizes your energy costs, saving you money in the long run. In fact, most thermostat manufacturers estimate that homeowners can save 12-13% on heating costs and up to 15% on cooling costs. Those kinds of savings mean your thermostat will quickly pay for itself.
You may think that a thermostat with so many advanced features is much more difficult to install, but it’s actually easy. While we don’t recommend doing it yourself, smart thermostat installation is simple and quick.
When you choose Ball Heating & Air Conditioning for smart thermostat installation, our technician will quickly install your smart thermostat and help you connect it to your phone, making sure you know how it works before they leave. If you need a smart thermostat, simply call Ball — that’s all!