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What is a Smart Thermostat?
Smart thermostats perform similar functions as a Programmable thermostat but better as they enable the user to control the temperature of their home throughout the day using a schedule, and make changes remotely via smartphone. Not only that, they also contain additional features, like home sensors and WiFi connectivity, that improve upon the issues homeowners had with programmable thermostats.
Smart thermostats are similar to wifi thermostats, which are both connected to the Internet. They enable homeowners to adjust heating settings from other internet-connected devices in addition to smartphones, such as laptops or tablets. This enables homeowners to manage and control the thermostat remotely anywhere in the world. This ease of use is vital for ensuring energy savings. New studies have demonstrated that households with programmable thermostats actually have higher energy consumption rates overall compared to those with simple thermostats because residents program them incorrectly or disable them completely. Therefore, we suggest upgrading to our low cost options such as our Honeywell (T6, T10), Ecobee, Google Nest, or Carrier Infinity.
Benefits of Thermostat Upgrade
In most residences, heating and cooling take up about half of the overall energy consumption. With this in mind, the makers of these modern smart home devices have developed smart thermostats that offer better temperature control and easier automation over a home’s climate, air quality and temperature — control that saves homeowners a lot of money on heating and cooling costs during the summer and during the winter.
Having said that, a smart thermostat’s Wi-Fi connection allows a lot more than mere temperature automation. There is a long list of benefits for having one of these affordable and smart home devices installed in your home.
Monitor your home
Smart thermostats give you a window into your home while you’re away. You can check the companion app while you’re away from home to see if the heat’s running (and at what temperature). This is also great if you own a second home. Smart thermostats are a great way to make sure everything is running smoothly while you are gone.
Avoid human error
Smart thermostats and wifi thermostats learn your schedule and preferences, making it easier to keep your entire home as energy efficient as possible and allow your smart device to handle all the necessary adjustments whenever you come and go. If you’ve ever left your A/C or heater running throughout the day while you were away, you’ll appreciate the way a smart thermostat like the Nest Learning Thermostat can detect that you’ve gone and turn the heat off for you.
Track energy and save money
One of the top benefits of having Beavercreek Heating & Cooling install a new smart thermostat is the money savings you get to enjoy on home heating and air conditioning bills. It does this by nudging you towards energy-saving settings in a host of ways. Depending on your specific preferences and habits, allowing your smart thermostat to manage your indoor climate automatically saves you money.
Manage the temperature remotely
Whether you’re at home and still in bed or coming from work early — if you have your smartphone handy, you will always have complete control over your thermostat! Thanks to their modern designs, user-friendly screens and highly-rated companion apps, our top rated smart thermostats are very easy to use. If you’ve had a hard time with programmable thermostats in the past, you’ll love this new generation of well-designed thermostats.
Buy Today, Pay Over Time With HVAC Financing
At Beavercreek Heating & Cooling, we understand that investing in a new heating and cooling system can be a significant expense. That's why we offer HVAC financing options to help make it more affordable for our customers. With our financing service, you can buy today and pay over time, allowing you to get the system you need without breaking the bank.
Our financing options are designed to be flexible and accommodating, with a variety of plans to choose from. We work with a number of reputable financing companies to find the best solution for your needs and budget. Whether you're looking for a low monthly payment or a plan with no money down, we have options to fit your financial situation.
“What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat?”
During the wintertime
Sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to find that “sweet spot” temperature in a home during the wintertime, regardless of whether you are more interested in comfort or money savings. A general rule of thumb for an energy-saving setting during the winter is to set the thermostat at 68° F. For additional comfort, you might take it up one or two degrees at a time slowly. Give it an hour each time to adjust. Remember to try to dress in warm clothing indoors for savings. And if you’re able to take it lower, turn the temperature down 1 or 2 degrees at a time in the same manner.
During the summertime
Some people want it very cool during the summer. Others don’t mind a little heat. In any case, nothing beats the relief of a cool air inside a nice humidity-controlled home during those especially hot days of summer here in Greater Dayton. To find your happy zone, try setting your air conditioner’s thermostat at 78° F for a good mixture of comfort and energy conservation. From there you can adjust it as necessary to find that perfect temperature zone. Remember to take it down slowly and give it an hour or two to cool off.
Money saving settings
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a homeowner can save up to 10 percent on heating and cooling costs every year by setting the thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees from the normal level for a mere eight hours a day. With this in mind, at nighttime when you’re sleeping and/or during the day while you’re away at work or school, save yourself some money and make the necessary adjustments. Remember, a smart thermostat can automate this and make it a lot easier.
Other times of the year
While a programmable thermostat that can automatically adjust the temperature for comfort when you are home or awake, a smart thermostat is an even better investment. Some of these models of smart thermostats will also “learn” your patterns and automatically adjust to help maintain both comfort and energy savings. Plus, Wi-Fi® thermostats give you even more flexibility with comfort control from your smartphone, laptop or tablet. Our Wi-Fi thermostats must be connected to Wi-Fi for remote connectivity. You need an iOS® or Android® mobile device to use our app.
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General Thermostats FAQ
Is a smart thermostat better than a programmable thermostat?
What do I need to know about smart thermostats?
How long do smart thermostats last?
The newer smart thermostats we at Beavercreek Heating & Cooling sell and install, like the new Nest and Ecobee, are made to last an extremely long time. This varies according to factors such as usage, brand, production, and settings. Having said all that, most experts agree that the average lifespan for a smart thermostat is at least 10 years and probably more. Provided there aren’t any damages, your smart thermostat will likely last much longer than that.