By now, you probably know a friend, neighbor, or family member who has a smart thermostat in their home. These new thermostats are becoming increasingly popular in U.S. households, whether installed on their own or in tandem with other devices to transform the space into a “smart home.” Yet, what are these thermostats, and what makes them so special? In this article, we’ll review the reasons why smart thermostat installation makes sense and help you evaluate whether or not a smart thermostat is right for your home.
Energy savings through all seasons
Automation for your cooling and heating system
A new smart thermostat has the potential to save you money on your cooling and heating bills. It does this by automating something that has been a manual action for decades: adjusting the thermostat. When you leave for work every morning, you need to remember to turn the thermostat up by a few degrees so that you aren’t wasting energy. Yet, for busy, working homeowners, that can be easy to forget. What’s more, you come home to a hot house that you then have to quickly cool down during peak hours, which can spike your energy costs.
A smart thermostat automates this entire process, ensuring that you are not paying extra to cool (or heat!) your home while you are away. You can also schedule the thermostat to gradually start cooling your home down before you return, which further reduces energy use.
Check for utility company rebates
Some smart thermostat brands, such as Nest, have also partnered with local utility companies to create “energy conservation event” programs. When you sign up, your utility company will give you a rebate in exchange for participating in energy conservation events.
When the temperatures start to rise, this gives the utility control over your thermostat during peak hours, allowing them to pre-cool your home and then let it “coast” through the period of time where energy use is at its highest. This reduces demand on the grid and can save you serious money on the hottest days of the year here in the Bay Area.
How much can you save?
Exact performance can vary from model to model and from home to home. However, in general, homeowners can expect to save about 10-15% on their annual cooling and heating costs by upgrading to a smart thermostat. This could add up to more than a hundred dollars per year, which means that—along with any local utility rebates—the thermostat could pay itself off in about a year or two.
Convenience and comfort
Most of these thermostats are compatible with both smartphone apps and voice-activated home speakers. This makes checking and changing the temperature easy, whether you’re cooking dinner in the kitchen and can adjust it with a voice command or you’re on vacation and need to turn down the temperature for the house sitter.
Using the smartphone app for your thermostat, you can adjust the schedule from anywhere you are. In the winter, for instance, you can have your thermostat start turning up the temperature when you leave the office, so you return home to a space that’s nice and cozy.
Beyond the efficiency and convenience of a new smart thermostat, most models are sleek and stylish additions to your home. While that probably won’t influence your decision to upgrade to one, it certainly doesn’t hurt their case!
Call us to learn more about the benefits of smart thermostat installation
Not every smart thermostat is compatible with every cooling or heating system or setup. If you are unfamiliar with thermostat replacement, or would like an expert opinion, give us a call here at ABC Cooling, Heating & Plumbing. We’re the premier cooling and heating company of Hayward and the East Bay, and our friendly, experienced technicians specialize in smart thermostat installation.
We can help you determine what thermostats are compatible with your wiring and HVAC systems, and then expertly install the unit for maximum efficiency moving forward.