What if the temperature of the air around you adjusted to your preferences whenever you pleased? What if your home somehow knew exactly what setting to put the thermostat to keep you happy and comfortable? These questions may sound like make-believe but in actuality they’re quite relevant for homeowners interested in upgrading their thermostats.
With programmable smart thermostats you can create a custom environment that suits your temperature preferences throughout the day. This is a game changer in terms of personal comfort and energy efficiency.
Still a skeptic? Take a look at an example of how smart thermostats can keep you comfortable and save you money in winter:
7:00 AM – It’s time to get up and go to work, but it has been so cold lately that it’s hard to get out of bed in the mornings. With a smart thermostat your system will have kicked in at around 6:45 AM to begin to heat your home and make your mornings a little less difficult.
8:00 AM – Everyone has left the home and to save money your smart thermostat has dropped the temperature by about 10 degrees—you can expect a 1% saving for every degree you conserve over an 8-hour period, so you’re looking at saving 10% on your energy costs for the day.
5:00 PM – You’re about to return home but you’re dreading the cold temperatures of your home when you get there. With a smart thermostat your system will have already kicked on about 15-30 minutes before you get home to get ready for your arrival.
10:00 PM – For some people it’s easier to sleep when their room is cold and their bed is warm. Not only that but a cooler temperature in winter will give you more savings on your energy bill. Your smart thermostat knows this and will lower the temperature just before bed to help you get to sleep and save you money.
Smart thermostats also come with a variety of features that discern the needs of its users. For example, simple programmable thermostats allow you to set varied temperatures throughout the day, but with smart thermostats your system will learn from your habits to create a temperature program that fits your lifestyle just by analyzing your AC/heater use throughout the week.
Other features include remote control from your cell phone and even alert notifications to let you know if there are any problems with your system.
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