Perhaps the thermostat in your home is programmable. While this is a step up from a manual thermostat, it doesn't provide as many benefits as does a smart thermostat.
First, let's be clear about the advantages of both programmable and smart thermostats. Programmable thermostats allow you to create a heating and cooling schedule for each day. This way, you can take into account the times when you're asleep or out of the house and adjust accordingly. However, smart thermostats go a step further by:
Learning your temperature preferences
Creating a heating and cooling schedule of its own
Automatically adjusting temperatures when you're asleep or away
This takes a lot of the guesswork out of temperature control. The smart thermostat adjusts to the most economic setting at convenient times to maximize energy savings.
Here are three advantages to upgrading to a Wi-Fi-connected thermostat.
Lower Heating and Cooling Bills
In the long run, smart thermostats save you on your energy bills: about 20 to 30% every year, according to the EPA. The EPA even backs up many smart thermostats with ENERGY STAR certification. Those devices with the certification are made to be compatible with the programs offered by local utilities, which bring more incentives.
Most smart thermostats come with Wi-Fi connectivity and, consequently, remote access. You can adjust temperature settings via a smartphone app even when you're far away from home. The app provides a host of important data, too, including:
Energy costs in real-time
Some smart thermostats send an alert to the owner's phone if the temperature rises above or falls below the set limit. These unusual temperature changes may be due to anything from a door being left open to a problem with the HVAC system,
Bottom line: A smart thermostat is a convenient energy-saving device. Questions? Contact the pros at Morrison Heating and Cooling at (978) 961-0338.