What Makes Smart Thermostats Cost Effective?
If you are like many people, you probably wish your heating and cooling bills could be less expensive each month. Despite this desire, you continue setting the thermostat to a comfortable temperature for the sake of yourself and your loved ones. Instead of spending excess money on a regular basis, consider how smart thermostats might allow you to stay comfy at home while keeping more funds in your bank account.
A smart thermostat allows you to schedule temperature increases or decreases in your home with the touch of a button. For example, on winter days, you might want the heat to be at a certain temperature shortly before your family wakes up in the morning. During the height of the summer, you may want the air conditioning to kick in right before you get home from work. While traditional thermostats are also programmable, those systems can be tedious and cumbersome. With a smart thermostat, you can control the temperature right from your phone.
Smart thermostats are designed to maintain a consistent temperature in your home until the last moment possible. In other words, the system won’t start cooling down or warming up your house until doing so is necessary to achieve the target temperature by the set time. Therefore, the precision of a smart thermostat allows you to save money.
Some people are hesitant about installing a smart thermostat because of the associated costs. While you’ll need to lay out the money for installation, you’re likely to see a return on your investment soon in your monthly energy bills.
Imagine that you are out of the house on a hot summer’s day. You might be at work or at a scheduled activity, and you have set the thermostat to cool the house down by the time you return home. However, imagine that an unexpected rain shower comes through the area, lowering the outside temperature. In this case, the need to decrease the temperature in the house by so many degrees may no longer exist. With a traditional thermostat, you have no option other than to leave the temperature set as it is unless you want to interrupt your day and return home earlier. If you have a smart thermostat, you can change the settings remotely, saving time, energy, and money.
Your smart thermostat will also start picking up on and recording your daily behaviors. For example, the thermostat can record when you are exiting and entering the house. This information allows the thermostat to program itself more efficiently. Instead of wasting energy heating and cooling the space when you’re not home, the thermostat will know to increase or decrease the temperature when it’s appropriate.
Suggestions for System Optimization
As the system tracks your patterns and behaviors, the smart thermostat will provide you with suggestions customized for your home. The thermostat might notice that you have the heat set on high for long periods of time when you’re out of the house. The system can also tell you when corrective or preventative maintenance is needed. Keeping the heating and cooling system in good shape saves money in the long run.
If you own rental properties, a smart thermostat lets you monitor the temperature in the space from a distance. While giving renters control over the system when they are occupying the dwelling is a way to be a good landlord, you can also monitor for excess use of the system. Also, as soon as the renters leave, you can decrease the temperature to save money and energy while the residence is vacant.
Whether you are ready to make the switch to a smart thermostat or are simply interested in learning more, JAMCO Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We serve both residential and commercial properties in the southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania areas, including Camden, Cape May, Philadelphia, and Bucks County. We offer HVAC repair, installation, and maintenance. Our team also provides ductless mini-split services. In addition, you can sign up for a maintenance agreement to ensure that your system is always offering optimal performance. To get answers to your questions about smart thermostats and other HVAC technologies for your home or business, contact JAMCO Heating & Air Conditioning today.