If you’re looking to cut heating and cooling costs in your Bella Vista, Arkansas, home, a smart thermostat could be the answer. Smart thermostats are part of the rise of home automation, offering better control over your HVAC system from any location. They track your usage and make adjustments to help you save energy.
Access from Anywhere
One of the main benefits of a smart thermostat is staying connected from anywhere. It’s never a good feeling to hop on an airplane or head out on a road trip, only to realize you forgot to set the thermostat to your vacation setting. You’ll waste a lot of energy when you heat or cool an empty house. With a smart thermostat, you could simply open an app on your smartphone or tablet and adjust the temperature or alter the setting, eliminating the energy waste.
You can also keep tabs on the indoor temperature when you’re away and make adjustments before you head home so you can walk into a more inviting atmosphere.
Reduced Energy Waste
How much energy waste you’re able to reduce depends on a variety of factors, such as your heating and cooling usage, your HVAC system, the size of your rooms, and your location. In addition, it also depends on your specific situation. You have the potential to cut two percent off of your energy bill for every degree Fahrenheit that you lower your temperature for eight hours.
Many smart thermostats also have built-in features to reduce waste. These units can track your normal habits and make automatic adjustments to lessen usage and trim the excess. Smart thermostats also have built-in motion sensors to determine when people are up and moving in the house. If everyone is asleep or away from home, the thermostat can automatically raise or lower the temperature to keep energy usage under control. Over time, your thermostat can also start to learn your habits and patterns and change the schedule or settings accordingly.
Helpful Features and Reminders
Maintaining your system will also help keep it running efficiently, which will reduce waste and keep your bills lower. With a smart thermostat, you can set an alert to pop up every few months, reminding you to schedule your next tune-up. The unit may also be able to monitor energy consumption and provide tips to reduce waste.
Contact us at George’s Refrigeration & Heating to learn more about smart thermostats for your heating and cooling needs. Give us a call today.
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Originally published in July 2018, updated in March 2020