As energy efficiency is becoming more of a hot topic in this day and age, smart thermostats are becoming one of the more common home upgrades for homeowners. You may have seen them at your local home improvement stores and wondered how much of an impact the installation to upgrade your thermostat will make on your utility bills, as well as the environment. Well, the truth is that a new thermostat is absolutely worth the investment and you will never want to go back to using an older thermostat after you make the switch.
Homeowners love how user friendly smart thermostats are.
So what’s so great about smart thermostats? For one, these new thermostats are user friendly and don’t take as much skill to operate as one might assume. Sometimes homeowners are reluctant to switch out things in their home for a more modern version, but you won’t regret the replacement of your old thermostat for a digital thermostat.
It might seem complicated due to the minimal options available on regular thermostats, but once you understand the ins and outs, it’s a piece of cake. You can often control the device through a smartphone app, but you can also use the touch-based interface on the device itself just like a traditional thermostat.
The digital screen allows users to control so much more than simply adjusting the temperature of the house as regular thermostats do. They also allow you to do so remotely, so you can keep the air conditioning or heat off while you are out of the home for the day and turn it on when you’re on the way home so it’s cozy when you get there. There are also options that allow you to adjust the temperature of rooms you might spend more or less time in. As you can already see, the customization for smart thermostats is significantly greater than traditional units.
Switching to a smart thermostat can help you save on energy bills.
You’re probably wondering how much money installing a smart thermostat can save you each year on your energy bills. The amount fluctuates depending on how energy-efficient the home design is, the size of the home, and what temperature you set your home to, among other factors, according to Just Energy, That being said, programming your thermostat’s temperature settings correctly can be the first step to saving you almost $200 a year alone.
An analysis conducted by Ecobee on their customers’ data found that some smart thermostat users saved up to 23 percent on their heating and cooling costs. For some specific device models, the savings can pay for the purchase price of a new smart thermostat in less than one year, with a little leftover for LED light bulbs or other energy-saving efforts.
Smart thermostats will increase the equity of your home.
If you’re in the process of figuring out how to restore a historic house in the best way possible for example, installing a smart thermostat would help modernize the efficiency of an older house. If you are restoring the entire house to sell in the future, the investment in energy efficiency will become a significant selling point for the home.
Finally, we love smart thermostats because the overall benefits significantly outweigh the cost of installation and upkeep. Also, because technology is constantly evolving, smart thermostats are becoming more affordable, as well as more user friendly for homeowners. Not only do smart thermostats take away the barriers that prevent us from controlling how energy-efficient our homes are, but they give us an in-depth insight into our energy usage for future reference. They make it easy to make some cost-cutting habit changes, but they also give homeowners a behind the scenes look into their actual energy usage like never before.
The good news is that, for the average homeowner, smart thermostats level the playing field. Regardless of the reasons you have been considering giving smart thermostats a chance, it’s a decision you won’t regret and will give you peace of mind.