Heating and cooling account for nearly half of your home’s energy costs! Installing a smart thermostat offers both automation and greater control over your home’s temperature and climate, control that could potentially save you hundreds of dollars a year on your energy bill.
A smart thermostat’s Wi-Fi connection enables much more than just the ability to monitor and change your system set-point remotely – there’s a whole host of perks to owning one! Here are 8 more smart thermostat advantages:
1. Take human error out of the equation
Smart thermostats learn your schedule and preferences, making it easy to be energy efficient by letting the thermostat handle the dropping and raising of the home’s temperature while you come and go. This works through either WiFi connection or Geo-Fencing, depending on the type of smart thermostat you purchase. The EcoBee & Nest for example, offer network connection monitoring. This means that when your cell phone connects to your home WiFi network the thermostat recognizes this and understands that you’ve arrived home, returning your system to it’s “at home set-point”. The Lennox iComfort S30 & E30 smart thermostats offer Geo-Fencing. This works off of the GPS function on your phone. When you are within a certain km radius (set by you) of your home the thermostat returns your system to it's "at home set-point". This can be more effective than network monitoring as it can give your system a little more time to heat or cool your home to the desired set-point before you arrive.
If you’ve ever left the AC or heater running all day while you were out, you’ll appreciate the way a smart thermostat can detect that you’ve gone, and run your system on an “away from home set-point” and save you money!!
2. Keep an eye on your home
Your smart thermostat is like a window into your home – check the companion app while you’re away from home to see if the heat’s running (and at what temperature).
Got a second home? A smart thermostat is a great way to confirm everything is running smoothly while you’re away.
3. Adjust the temperature from anywhere
Coming home early from work? Heading home from the airport? Still in bed and just wish it was a bit warmer? If you’ve got your mobile device handy, you’ve got control of your thermostat!
4. Get emailed alerts
Many smart thermostats offer support email alerts in the event of your home’s temperature falling or rising outside of your pre-determined range. If your thermostat is disconnected from its network, perhaps due to a power outage, you can be notified of that, too.
5. Save energy
The whole point of a smart thermostat is to save you money on your heating and cooling bill by nudging you towards energy-saving settings. Depending on your current habits, letting the smart thermostat manage your home’s climate automatically could save you a bundle.
The Nest for example, encourages energy-saving choices by awarding “Leaf” badges and providing easy tips in the monthly energy reports for achieving even bigger energy savings.
6. Program it with ease
Smart thermostats have evolved over the last few years, they’re becoming smarter and more user friendly thanks to their modern screen designs and highly-rated companion apps. If you’ve had a hard time with programmable thermostats in the past, you’ll love this new generation of well-designed thermostats.
7. Analyze your energy usage
Most smart thermostats track your energy usage and show it to you in an easy-to-read monthly report.
Curious about how much your heat ran last month? The report can tell you that. It can also tell you how much energy you used compared to other users and reward you for using energy-efficient settings.
8. Set vacation mode
Heading out for a while? Smart thermostats make it easy to set the temperature while you’re away without messing up your existing settings.
Smart Thermostats are a great way to save money, control and monitor your homes heating and cooling settings and usage and ensure an unoccupied home is operating at safe temperatures. Learn more about our favorite smart thermostats below!