There is a lot of buzz about smart thermostats going on today. However, you might have reservations because you are not sure if you should get it for your home. Of course, they are trendy, but some of the main questions that every homeowner have are; do they satisfy my needs regarding comfort and energy efficiency? While basic thermostats are easy to operate, they may not give you the significant energy savings you need.
There are many thermostats brands available today. However, these brands are in two varieties; those that automatically learn from your behaviors thus act accordingly and those that offer Internet connection for management and programming. You can find the best brands in both varieties. Therefore, a little research is necessary before you decide the ideal smart thermostat type for your home.
We all know that every product has got its highs and lows. Let us focus on the highs of smart thermostats.
First and foremost, they are very trendy. Who wouldn’t want to have something that is functional yet classy? At least I would something that trendy in my home.
Smart thermostats also help you to monitor and control your environment indoors. That control enables you to reduce what you pay out in the form of utility bills. However, you can only monitor them if you can program them. Otherwise, you may just enjoy the basic functionality that shall not distinguish them from basic thermostats.
For instance, you can set your device to power off after you have left the house and then get back into action with enough time to make the house cool or warm enough by the time you return. These devices also show you the period it takes before your requests get implemented.
Another advantage is that you can adjust the temperature using any mobile device that has got Internet access. Therefore, you no longer have to fret about forgetting to turn off the device or change its temperature. That is because you can operate it from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. Besides that, there is an easy-to-use interface that you can use to control the device when you are home.
Smart thermostats can also ‘learn’ your tastes over time. That means that they can automatically adjust the temperature depending on the time of day, surrounding climatic conditions or even the day of the week. They are that smart.
Gone are the days of not knowing when your ducts or air conditioning system is messy hence the need for troubleshooting or disastrous occurrences. That is because a smart thermostat can alert you when there is a problem with your Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning system. That also implies that you get to know about the problems before they get out of hand. Therefore operational costs within your house are greatly minimized, and disasters are reduced.
Given the fact that your smart thermostat alerts you about impending HVAC dangers, energy consumption is minimized. That means that your utility bills shall not get out of proportion.
Some of the smart thermostat brands include Nest Thermostat. This brand was the pioneer of this thermostat market. Their devices boast of beautiful designs plus a bright LCD that provides the user with a lot of useful information. This LCD has also got powerful remote management tools and applications that help in reducing operational costs in the long run. The Nest Thermostat devices also have a learning thermostat that senses several things hence adjust as needed. For example, if there is someone in the house, whether the air has all of a sudden become humid or if the oven is in operation.
While it is the first, very many other brands have hit the market. They include Ecobee Smart Thermostat and Honeywell Prestige, and they are offering similar features such as Internet connection via mobile apps, and Wi-Fi to enable remote control, ‘learning’ capabilities and many more.
Believe it or not, smart thermostats are the best thing that happened to the air conditioning world so far. Embrace them and make living easy, lovely and comfortable. However, before you make the purchase, you need to ensure that your thermostat of choice is ideal for your home.