If you haven’t checked out the latest thermostats on the market, you really should. It’s almost 2020, which means technology is advancing faster than ever, making your life easier by providing more automation, more information, and more options! This applies to your home, too. A smart thermostat is a smart investment for your home because it helps you save money on your energy bills and reduce the wear-and-tear on your home’s heating and cooling systems.
What is a smart thermostat?
What is a smart thermostat? They’re, well, smart! A smart thermostat is one that integrates home automation with programmable temperature settings and allows you greater control over your home’s heating or air conditioning. These thermostats allow you to adjust settings from another device, like a laptop or smartphone, using an app. This means that you can be in another room—or another state!—and change the temperature of your home easily.
Why switching to a new thermostat is a smart choice
If a smart thermostat doesn’t already sound extra sleek and cool, here are a few more reasons why a smart thermostat can improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency:
Enjoy remote access
One of the best reasons to upgrade to a smart thermostat is that you can set your home’s temperature and comfort settings from anywhere! Simply open your phone app, check on your home, or adjust the temperature accordingly. Gone on a week-long vacation? You can set the indoor temperature higher when you’re gone and switch it to a lower temperature hours or days before you get home, so you walk into a cooled home instead of a stuffy sauna.
Save money monthly
A smart thermostat will make programming your home’s temperature easier, allowing you to save money. The best way to save money is to set your indoor temperature higher when you are at work or out-of-town. Then, have the temperature set to auto-lower when you arrive back home.
Utilize the useful features
Many advanced thermostats on the market today have additional integrated features, like warnings, tips, and home-surveillance options.
Increase your home’s value
Many potential buyers pay close attention to the state of a home’s heating and cooling system. If you invest in a smart thermostat, that could add value to your home and send a subtle message that your air conditioner and heating systems have been well-cared for and have endured less wear-and-tear..
Keep an eye on your home
Whether you’re gone on a business trip or out for the afternoon, a smart thermostat will provide peace of mind and allow you to watch your home at all times!
Receive email alerts
Many thermostats even send homeowners email alerts when anything notable occurs in their cooling system. You’ll be the most updated homeowner on the block.
How much do smart thermostats generally cost?
Most smart thermostats range from $100-300, with a variety of options in between. For example, the Nest thermostat costs between $170 to $250 and is one of the most popular models on the market. Other well-known thermostat brands include Hive, ecobee, and Honeywell.
Keeping your utility bill low
Once you have a smart thermostat installed by the HVAC professionals at Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning—your local HVAC service company—you can begin using it right away! It’s important to remember that buying a smart thermostat alone won’t drastically change your energy bill—you still have to pay attention to your monthly usage and what temperature you set your home to.
For example, if you keep your home at 68 degrees all year round, you’ll have significantly higher bills to pay than your neighbor, who keeps their indoor temperature at 76 during the day and 72 at night. Each homeowner has a preference for their ideal indoor home temperature. Just make sure you’re being conservative with your cooling usage so you don’t receive a sky-high bill each month.
Additionally, you can keep the doors open inside to encourage air flow. Keep all vents open as well—contrary to popular belief, shutting vents in some rooms will not increase the home’s air flow to other rooms. Use ceiling fans when needed and avoid tampering with the indoor air temperature too often.
Choose Trahan’s as your trusted HVAC team
Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning is your local team of experts when it comes to thermostat installation and repair. Our experienced technicians can recommend the best products and practices for your home. We want you to experience ultimate comfort at home, which is why we offer Ironclad Guarantees to all customers. Choose Trahan’s to get your thermostat replaced in no time. Visit our website or call us today! It’s the “smart” thing to do!