Today’s modern thermostats are often referred to as “programmable” or “smart” thermostats. Basic models have been around for many years, and they allow you to set a schedule for the week, changing the temperature at specific times throughout the day so that you don’t have to worry about it anymore (at least until the seasons change).
Newer versions come with many intelligent smart features that offer more accurate temperature management and other benefits. If your thermostat doesn’t offer many programming options, now is an excellent time for an upgrade. Here are several of the major benefits that these new thermostats can provide for your house.
When you program a thermostat to ease up in the evenings and the middle of the day, then kick into gear when you get up or arrive home, you can start saving money on your energy bills. Smart thermostats can even suggest a slightly lower temperature that will help save significantly more money while remaining comfortable. The Nest thermostat, for example, has a little leaf icon that helps direct you toward smarter temperature settings.
Modern programmable thermostats are usually “smart” which means they provide wireless features as well. Among those is the ability to control your thermostat with an app. Set up the thermostat, download the app, and you can control your thermostat from your mobile device, at any time you want, in any spot that has internet connectivity. That makes it easy to monitor your thermostat on vacations, make detailed changes while away, or resetting your schedule at your leisure rather than hunched over the thermostat.
Smart thermostats are excellent at saving energy when used correctly. They provide monthly energy use reports that are emailed directly to you, charting how you used the thermostat that month, how much energy that took, and how that affects your bills, as well as how it compares to previous months.
Learning Your Activity Schedule
Thermostats like Nest and others also have “learning” features. This means that they have sensors that can tell when people are moving around in the room, how many people are active, and if that means the temperature can be changed. The thermostat will start using your favored temperatures at the times when it notices there’s a lot of activity in the house — without you needing to do anything at all.
Monitoring Energy Use
Smart thermostats are excellent at saving energy when used correctly. They provide monthly energy use reports that are emailed directly to you, charting how you used the thermostat that month, how much energy that took, and how that affects your bills, as well as how it compares to previous months. These energy reports typically include ideas to help you conserve energy effectively as well, so you can always find ways to improve.
Modern thermostats include many extra features as well. Some monitor weather and humidity outside as well. Some have built-in AI assistants that you can give voice commands to. If you’ve been wanting a tech upgrade in your home, this a great place to start!
Buckeye Heating & Cooling offers a variety of programmable thermostats with different features for different homeowners. To find out the right thermostat for your budget and comfort, contact us today, and we can talk about your needs!