Smart thermostats are becoming more and more popular in homes these days, offering many benefits from saving on heating bills to the ultimate convenience of setting it and forgetting it. But you may be wondering if they’re really worth it, so let us break down the benefits of switching to a smart thermostat.
Control Your Thermostat from Anywhere
When you leave the house without turning down the heat can feel like you’re wasting energy and potentially creating a higher than usual heating bill. A smart thermostat can fix this! Many smart thermostats have phone apps that allow you to control your heating from anywhere as long as you have access to the internet. This feature is especially helpful if you own multiple homes, like a summer house or cottage. You’ll be able to control your second home’s heat even when you’re not there, saving you money!
Your smart thermostat app can send notifications allowing you to keep up to date on what is happening with your heat, like reminders about your heating schedule. Some can even make recommendations of when to turn your heat up or down, send you weather notifications so you know if you need to adjust your heat, and give you tips on how you can save energy and lower your heating bill.
Save On Your Heating Bill
By lowering the temperature of your home just a few degrees when you’re out of the house or asleep, you can reduce your energy costs by up to 10%. Making these adjustments is now simpler and more easy than ever thanks to the ability to operate your smart thermostat from your phone.
Energy is wasted and you end up paying more for heating oil if your furnace is running nonstop. You can save money by giving your heating system a break by turning down the temperature on your smart thermostat by a few degrees.
Your thermostat app can give you statistics on your energy use, spending, and behaviour over time. You can use this knowledge to guide your decisions so that you can be more comfortable and save more on your heating bill.
Some thermostats will even show this data on their own screens. Then, as you walk by, you can quickly glimpse useful information regarding your usage, like how humid your house is, how much energy you’ve saved this month, or what tomorrow’s weather is like and how it might affect your heating decisions.
Simpler Than You Think
Some people might be concerned that a smart thermostat will be complicated to use. Given how few options older thermostats have, it’s not a surprising worry.
Smart thermostats are usually quite easy to read and the controls are often designed intuitively. If you have no problem using your phone a smart thermostat should be relatively easy to figure out. There can be a learning period while you get used to all that a smart thermostat can offer but you should be reaping all the benefits in no time!
Your smart thermostat can notify you when it’s time to perform maintenance tasks like scheduling a technician to come in or changing a filter. Set your thermostat to send you reminders about maintenance so you can always take advantage of everything a well-maintained heating system has to offer, including saving you money!
Schedule Your Heat
A smart thermostat can fit your schedule. No more having to remember to turn the heat down when you go to bed or leave the house.
You can program your thermostat to automatically lower the temperature while you’re at work and increase the temperature when you return home. Even if you don’t have a regular schedule, some thermostats can even track your activity and location so that the heat will turn down as you leave the house and go back up when you return regardless of the time. If you have heat that’s adjustable per room your thermostat may be able to turn on the heat when someone enters a room or detect how many people are in a room and adjust the temperature so it’s more comfortable.
Create a thermostat plan that is tailored to your family’s specific needs so that no matter what your daily schedules are, everyone keeps cosy and content throughout the winter.
Integration with Ease
Many thermostats can also integrate with other devices like Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa allowing you to use your voice to change the temperature making using your smart thermostat even easier to use!