Smart home technology is all the rage, from refrigerators that notify you when you’re out of milk to a front door that locks itself if you forget. These devices are designed to make your life easier, but what if they could also save you money?
You can get both with a smart thermostat. Equipped with Wi-Fi circuitry, smart thermostats connect to the internet so they can be controlled from a smartphone, tablet, or even just your voice. Let’s dive into what makes these thermostats so smart and some of the top picks for 2021.
Understanding the Smart Advantage
Much like its standard programmable big brother, a smart thermostat can be preset to specific temperatures based on time of day, day of the week, and season of the year. There’s no question that this helps keep your heating and cooling costs down.
The problem is that a standard programmable thermostat only saves energy if it is always programmed correctly. What about when your schedule changes? Or a sudden heat wave makes you wish you were about to walk into a much cooler house? With a standard thermostat, you could be wasting money as the heat blasts while you’re stuck at work, or you impatiently crank the air conditioning when your stuffy home isn’t cooling quickly enough.
That’s where a smart thermostat makes the difference. It makes it easy to change settings even when you’re out of the house via an app on your smartphone or computer. Say a sudden snowfall means your kids are heading home early. You can log in to the app from work and warm up the house before they arrive. Or if you decide to extend your vacation, you can make sure the AC doesn’t kick on before you return. Plus, you can receive alerts from your smart thermostat if there’s a sudden change in temperature so you can monitor if your HVAC system is malfunctioning, which is particularly helpful for vacation homes or second properties.
Another advantage is that a smart thermostat learns your household’s patterns and senses when people are active, then automatically adjusts based on when you’re home or about to be. It can even track weather reports and adapt settings accordingly.
How Smart Thermostats Save You Money
Blind & Sons likes to remind its customers that nearly half of your monthly energy expenses are controlled by your thermostat. Updating to a smart system can significantly reduce your bills. The exact savings estimates differ by manufacturer, but Nest claims its smart thermostat saves 15% on cooling and 10-12% on heating costs, while makers of the Ecobee thermostat say their customers save 23% on combined heating and cooling costs.
On top of that, smart thermostats also track energy usage and can create a home energy profile for you to better understand your trends over time. This can help you plan for the future based on past patterns, or highlight where you may want to adjust your heating and cooling settings to save even more.
Top Picks for 2021
PCMag.com recently released this year’s top picks for smart thermostats. Check out who made the cut below. And before installing any new thermostat, remember to check for compatibility with your home’s HVAC system.
- Ecobee Smart Thermostat With Voice Control
- Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation)
- Nest Thermostat
- Honeywell Home T9 Smart Thermostat With Sensor
- Lux Kono Smart Thermostat
- Sensi Touch Smart Thermostat ST75
- Bosch Connected Control BCC100 Thermostat
Blind & Sons Can Help!
If you think a smart thermostat might be for you, we are here to help! The HVAC contractors at Blind & Sons have been keeping the comfort of home and business owners in and around Akron at the forefront for decades, offering a wide range of services and accessories from leading manufacturers. Whether you’re looking for a new thermostat, need some troubleshooting and repair, or want to replace your current thermostat, we’re the team you need!
For thermostat services in Northeastern Ohio, contact Blind & Sons online any time! Need to discuss your particular needs with a specialist? Give us a call at (330) 753-7711.