Are Wi-Fi Thermostats a benefit to your home?
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New technology is constantly rolling out that makes life more convenient and worry-free, and one device, wireless thermostats, have been steadily increasing in popularity in recent years. It’s easy to understand the appeal when you learn how the handy devices can make your life easier and are user-friendly, all while saving you money. Wireless thermostats make it possible to control the temperature of your home remotely, which means you can manage the thermostat’s control settings with your smart phone, tablet, or other device that is connected to the internet. They can be easily installed in any home, and can also be used in conjunction with Amazon Echo or Google Home so you can control it with the sound of your voice. Action Mechanical carries top of the line Wi-Fi thermostats by Nest and Honeywell so that every household can benefit from the advantages of being a smart home. We’re here to let you know some of the benefits so you can determine if a Wi-Fi thermostat is right for you, and help guide you through the process of making your house a smart home.
Conserve energy and save money
Heating and cooling your home accounts for about half of the average monthly energy bill, and updating to a wireless thermostat can help reduce that expense. Although it varies for every household, the average family saves an average of 10-12% on their heating costs and 15% on cooling, for an average savings of $131-$145 a year, when they switch to a smart thermostat. Since a smart thermostat quickly pays for itself, it is a great investment to make toward making your house a smart home.
One way that energy is wasted is through unnecessarily heating or cooling of the house while no one is home. Yet, coming home to a house that is an uncomfortable temperature is the last thing anyone wants to do at the end of a long day. Wi-Fi thermostats have technology that can detect whether anyone is at home, and then adjust to a setting that conserves energy. Honeywell’s Lyric uses the location setting in your smart phone to determine whether or not you are home, and adjusts itself accordingly to conserve energy while you’re gone and ensure a comfortable environment when you arrive home. Only running the air conditioning or heating while your home is occupied can be a big help in lowering your family’s energy use, and add up to big savings.
Being proactive about avoiding costly repair costs by installing a Wi-Fi thermostat can also save you a headache and a lot of money. The smart device can be set up to send an alert to your mobile device when your house loses power, as well as in an emergency. Wi-Fi thermostats can sense when something is out of the norm in your home, such as the house reaching dangerously low temperatures that could cause the pipes to freeze, or if your furnace is not operating normally, giving you the chance to step in before disaster strikes.
Many of the thermostats go even one step further in helping you save money, by sending reports to the connected device to show you where energy is being used, and what you can do to save money on your energy bill. Being able to see how the energy in your home is being used helps keep you in control of your family’s energy use and the costs associated with it.
A little chilly while enjoying your favorite TV show after a hard day of work? As long as you have a device connected to the internet, such as a smart phone or a tablet, you can adjust the thermostat’s temperature with the press of a few buttons, all without leaving the couch. Whether you’re in your kitchen, at work, or lying on a beach across the country, you can make sure your home is a comfortable temperature.
Wireless thermostats can also be programmed to fit your family’s schedule and preferences so that you don’t have to worry about adjusting the thermostat multiple times a day. Nest’s Learning thermostat records your usage over the first week of usage, then uses the information to program itself, and even takes into account the changing of seasons. Most Wi-Fi thermostats can also be programmed to track the weather outside and adjust the temperature inside accordingly. It is also simple to override the programmed settings when needed, whether by manually changing it at the thermostat, or on a smart device.
In our area, where temperatures can change in the blink of an eye, the convenience of a wireless thermostat so you can adjust your home’s temperature from anywhere can help put your mind at ease.
The time and work you have put into your home décor doesn’t have to be sacrificed for functionality, with both Honeywell and Nest selling smart thermostats in a variety of colors and materials to match any home. The background color on the display screens can be changed to match the hues in your home, or even the colors of your favorite sports team. And whether you go for a modern look in your home, or a rustic feel, your wireless thermostat can be customized to blend right in.
Contact Action Mechanical today for more information on how a Wi-Fi thermostat can make your life easier and put some money back in your pocket.