Is a Smart Thermostat Worth It?
While the programmable thermostat has become the standard for managing heating and cooling activity in the residential setting in recent years, many consumers are unaware of the significant value that is available in making good use of these system controls. The United States Department of Energy indicates that a homeowner can save up to 10 percent annually on the costs to operate HVAC equipment by using the programmable thermostat in connection with recommended settings. A new generation of programmable models is making better HVAC-related energy efficiency easier to achieve. A smart thermostat is a wise investment.
What’s Different in a Smart Thermostat?
A programmable thermostat is operated by pushing buttons or turning knobs, and the specific configuration of the unit can limit your flexibility if you need to make an adjustment. A smart thermostat is intuitive, created with a touchscreen display that allows for easy programming that is comparable to working with a tablet computer or smartphone. A smart thermostat also connects through your home’s Wi-Fi network to provide remote access via those wireless devices or your computer. You can make adjustments from another room or another state.
One of the most important improvements with a smart thermostat is the ability to create reports of your energy efficiency statistics. In some cases, smart models also gather community data to provide you with an understanding of how similar homes in the area are performing. A smart HVAC control may also provide you with important alerts about local weather, the condition of your air filter, or the need for system service.
Maximizing Energy Efficiency with Recommended Settings
With a smart system control, you can easily use the ENERGY STAR setting recommendations to achieve manageable utility bills. A smart thermostat may also provide you with adjustment suggestions based on your usage patterns.
Achieving excellent value for our customers is a top priority at Dyess Air & Plumbing. We can evaluate your heating and cooling system to identify and install the most compatible smart controls available. Read more about our thermostat solutions, or contact our Bluffton office at (843) 242-0855 to discuss your options.