Why a Smart Thermostat Is a Smart Investment

Smart thermostats have seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years. About half of the average American electricity bill comes from heating and cooling, making home climate control an important part of our daily routines.

Many Wi-Fi connected smart thermostats learn your daily schedule and heating and cooling preferences. This can help you save money and conserve energy as the smart thermostat automatically adjusts to your desired home temperature settings.

Some smart thermostats can also remind you to change your air filters, help you diagnose problems with your HVAC equipment, and encourage you to make other energy-efficient choices around your home. Here are some differences between standard conventional thermostats and newer smart thermostats to consider.What is a Regular Thermostat?

Your standard thermostat is “that box on the wall” that controls room temperature. Other than occasionally turning a dial or pressing a few buttons, most of us rarely think about it.

During the summer, most of us lower the temperature inside the house to stay comfortable. The thermostat kicks in when the inside temperature begins to rise higher than the set temperature. When this happens, the thermostat signals the air conditioner to start. When the room reaches the desired temperature, the thermostat turns the air conditioner off.

The same process occurs with the heater except the thermostat helps to warm the room when it senses that the temperature has exceeded the set temperature.

What is a Smart Thermostat?

A smart thermostat is a sophisticated box on the wall – with newer technology features built in. A smart thermostat gives you the ability to control your heating and cooling remotely. You can configure a smart thermostat’s settings to automatically adjust to the times you leave and come home from work, for example. You can control the temperature in certain rooms of your home, or set an ideal seasonal temperature for different times of the day. You can remotely switch your AC on before heading home from work, or you could program it to turn on and off based on your schedule, the current weather, and even when a certain number of people are in your home.

In addition to customization features, smart thermostats provide insights about your home energy usage patterns. Some smart thermostats even compare your AC and heater use to the average home in your neighborhood with frequent updates and reminders about conserving energy.

How Do Smart Thermostats Work?

While you can control the device with a smartphone app, you can also use the touch-based interface on the device itself — just like on a traditional thermostat.

Many people start with the conventional controls. This provides more flexibility if you ever lose your home Wi-Fi connection or misplace your phone for an extended period of time.

How Much Can You Save With a Smart Thermostat?

Programming your thermostat correctly can save you almost $200 a year alone. For some models, this initial savings helps pay for the entire purchase price of a new smart thermostat in less than a year.

In addition, the “eco” or home/away feature included with many smart thermostats helps you save money by automatically raising or lowering room temperature based on the ambient conditions outside.

Overall, the benefits of smart thermostats outweigh the price tag. Not only do they offer an easy way to cut home energy costs, they also provide in-depth insights into your actual energy usage patterns.

Whether you have a conventional thermostat or a smart thermostat, be sure to give us a call when it’s time to upgrade or renew your natural gas and electricity services!

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Why a Smart Thermostat Is a Smart Investment

Smart thermostats have seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years. About half of the average American electricity bill comes from heating and cooling, making home climate control an important part of our daily routines.

Many Wi-Fi connected smart thermostats learn your daily schedule and heating and cooling preferences. This can help you save money and conserve energy as the smart thermostat automatically adjusts to your desired home temperature settings.

Some smart thermostats can also remind you to change your air filters, help you diagnose problems with your HVAC equipment, and encourage you to make other energy-efficient choices around your home. Here are some differences between standard conventional thermostats and newer smart thermostats to consider.What is a Regular Thermostat?

Your standard thermostat is “that box on the wall” that controls room temperature. Other than occasionally turning a dial or pressing a few buttons, most of us rarely think about it.

During the summer, most of us lower the temperature inside the house to stay comfortable. The thermostat kicks in when the inside temperature begins to rise higher than the set temperature. When this happens, the thermostat signals the air conditioner to start. When the room reaches the desired temperature, the thermostat turns the air conditioner off.

The same process occurs with the heater except the thermostat helps to warm the room when it senses that the temperature has exceeded the set temperature.

What is a Smart Thermostat?

A smart thermostat is a sophisticated box on the wall – with newer technology features built in. A smart thermostat gives you the ability to control your heating and cooling remotely. You can configure a smart thermostat’s settings to automatically adjust to the times you leave and come home from work, for example. You can control the temperature in certain rooms of your home, or set an ideal seasonal temperature for different times of the day. You can remotely switch your AC on before heading home from work, or you could program it to turn on and off based on your schedule, the current weather, and even when a certain number of people are in your home.

In addition to customization features, smart thermostats provide insights about your home energy usage patterns. Some smart thermostats even compare your AC and heater use to the average home in your neighborhood with frequent updates and reminders about conserving energy.

How Do Smart Thermostats Work?

While you can control the device with a smartphone app, you can also use the touch-based interface on the device itself — just like on a traditional thermostat.

Many people start with the conventional controls. This provides more flexibility if you ever lose your home Wi-Fi connection or misplace your phone for an extended period of time.

How Much Can You Save With a Smart Thermostat?

Programming your thermostat correctly can save you almost $200 a year alone. For some models, this initial savings helps pay for the entire purchase price of a new smart thermostat in less than a year.

In addition, the “eco” or home/away feature included with many smart thermostats helps you save money by automatically raising or lowering room temperature based on the ambient conditions outside.

Overall, the benefits of smart thermostats outweigh the price tag. Not only do they offer an easy way to cut home energy costs, they also provide in-depth insights into your actual energy usage patterns.

Whether you have a conventional thermostat or a smart thermostat, be sure to give us a call when it’s time to upgrade or renew your natural gas and electricity services!

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