Your heating and air conditioning systems are controlled by a remarkably simple device known as a thermostat. For many years, the technology behind these devices remained relatively stagnant as the need for changes never really developed. However, this is no longer the case today; thermostats are now equipped with advanced computing technology and refined programming that allow them to perform many more tasks than ever before. While programmable thermostats have existed for years, these “smart” thermostats can revolutionize the way you use your heaving and air conditioning systems, improving your comfort, energy efficiency, and convenience more than ever before.
What Makes Them So “Smart?”
Not all electronic thermostats are created equal. As stated previously, programmable thermostats have been around for years, but just because you can digitally program a thermostat now doesn’t mean it functions any differently than before: your system switches on at the time you tell it to and at the temperature you indicate, before shutting off again at the indicated time or when the right temperature is reached.
Smart thermostats take this a step further. These thermostats are equipped with advanced technology which monitors all sorts of additional factors in order to take care of tasks that were previously impossible. Many of these smart thermostats can be connected to your home’s Wi-Fi, which allows you to control them directly through your tablet or smartphone. This same smartphone technology allows these thermostats to give you everything from energy consumption readouts to tracking of your climate preference patterns and more.
Today, smart thermostats can even be linked in with your smart home speakers, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home, which allows you to control them with nothing more than the sound of your voice. This same connection also allows you to take advantage of technology like geo-fencing, which means your system can tell when you’re home or away, and adjust itself accordingly to turn on and off and save you money. Some smart thermostats even “learn” your schedule and preferences, and can turn themselves on and off at the appropriate time each day so that you save the most money and maximize your efficiency while also staying comfortable and never have to worry about coming home to a frigid or sweltering home ever again.
At their core, the largest benefit to these devices is their energy efficiency. With the average smart thermostat ranging anywhere from $150 to $250 in price (though some are more and some are less), it might seem like this is a hefty investment to make in your home. However, the amount of energy they could save you within the first few years could pay for the cost of the upgrade and start putting more money back in your pocket almost immediately.
Let’s look at it this way: roughly half of the energy the average American household consumes every year is dedicated to heating and cooling, making your heater and air conditioner the single largest energy-consumers you have. A smart thermostat is programmed to try and reduce this energy consumption by running at more opportune times, keeping heating and cooling more even, and running in a way that prevents you from having to constantly adjust your temperature control. Generally, the more you have to adjust your thermostat, the less comfortable you are, and the more energy you’re going to consume.
When you’re running your heating and cooling systems less, you’re burning less energy. When you burn less energy, you put more money straight back into your pocket, as well as help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. All with a simple, one-time investment in a device that will likely last you ten years or more.Want to know more about installing a smart thermostat in your home? Call 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating today at (830) 302-3140 to schedule a replacement service.