looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC system,
updating to a new unit isn’t the only option. Other, less expensive,
improvements can also be effective in trimming your heating and cooling
costs and in helping your system to work more efficiently.
Benefits of Smart Thermostats
Smart thermostats are one such upgrade. Similar to programmable thermostats, smart thermostats go a step further and actually start to learn from your behaviors and patterns and then use that information to make changes on their own. Other advantages of a smart thermostat include:
- Ability to Control Thermostat Remotely: Adjust the temperature from anywhere using a simple app on your phone. This is great if travel plans change, you have to work late, or you want to make sure the kids aren’t changing the temperature.
- Self-Adjusting Based on Ambient Conditions: Smart thermostats can detect conditions, such as humidity, that would call for a change in temperature and then automatically make those adjustments.
- Energy Use Reports: Look for trends in your heating and cooling bills, see what your peak-use time is, and learn more about your energy use with useful reports automatically generated by the thermostat.
Cost of a Smart Thermostat
So, the benefits sound great but how much does a smart thermostat cost? The answer depends on the brand you choose, and you must also consider thermostat installation cost when budgeting for this addition. The national average, including installation is about $400 to $700, which is a small investment when you consider the potential savings.
Cost vs. Savings
Before you can decide if a smart thermostat is worth it, you have to look at the cost of smart thermostat vs. how much you could save. Get ready to call an electrician because the savings are impressive. An average homeowner will save 10% to 12% on heat and 15% on cooling. Many users report even greater savings.
In addition to the savings, a smart thermostat also provides a convenient way to control and monitor the thermostat from anywhere. The relatively low cost make a smart thermostat a smart addition to any home.
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