How a Smart Thermostat Can Help You Spend Less on Energy

December 07, 2020

Keeping your Tucker residence cozy can consume a good amount of money. The average homeowner spends about $172 on monthly heating and cooling costs, according to ENERGY STAR®, or about $2,060 annually. At least half of that is consumed by heating and cooling.

Many residences have programmable thermostats, but the majority of people don’t take the trouble to set them. The process is time-consuming, involved and only provides you a few options for temperature changes. When your residence remains at an unchanging temp throughout the day, it consumes utilities and adversely influences your monthly costs.

Smart thermostats learn from your schedule and change the settings to accompany it. But can getting one really help you spend less money on heating and cooling? Yes, and here’s why.

Studies Show Smart Thermostats Save on Heating and Cooling Bills

Independent studies show these devices can lead to large savings.

These studies involved home energy costs in 41 states before and after putting in a Nest smart thermostat. Nest said the study showed its thermostats can save up to 12% on heating and 15% on cooling, resulting in an average savings of $131 to $145 yearly.

With the average smart thermostat running between $100–$250, those savings can help it pay for itself. And most local energy companies offer rebates for smart thermostats because they’re ENERGY STAR® certified.

How Does a Smart Thermostat Work?

After your smart thermostat is installed, you’ll first program it just like your previous thermostat. You’ll set it up and down, so the thermostat can determine your wants. Then, it will start creating a program that helps you save money, whether you’re at your residence or out and about. As it geofences with your smartphone, you won’t have to remember to adjust it when you leave or get back.

Pros and Cons of Using a Smart Thermostat

Pros

As we talked about before, smart thermostats give a lot of benefits to your house and heating and cooling costs, including:

  • No need to adjust—Your smart thermostat will adjust to your schedule, so you won’t be required to waste time setting programs or remember to adjust it.
  • Knows when you come and go—As a lot of smart thermostats geofence with your phone, your house will be put into an energy-efficient setting when you take off and be cozy when you get back.
  • Remote temperature supervision—You’ll be able to see your residence’s settings from just about any location, on account of an app on your phone.
  • Watch heating and cooling use—The majority of smart thermostats provide in-depth data through their app, like how long you used heating and cooling on a particular day.
  • Reminders—Select smart thermostats will alert you to crucial maintenance tasks, like when you’re due to put in a new air filter.
  • Extra savings—Many local energy companies offer rebates for smart thermostats, so check with yours for more information.

Cons

Having said that, there’s several things you should take into account when considering getting a smart thermostat in your residence:

  • Compatibility—Depending on the type and age of your heating and cooling system, a smart thermostat might not work. If you’re not sure, it’s advisable to contact an HVAC professional like ACS Heating and Air Conditioning. We also suggest having it professionally installed. This guarantees that you have the correct number of wires and that it’s hooked up accurately. Some systems don’t include a common wire, which causes compatibility troubles with a smart thermostat. This wire powers your thermostat, so if your house doesn’t have a C-wire, we can install one.
  • Housing situation—If you own your house and are planning to live there for many years, it’s a smart investment to have a smart thermostat. If you plan to move soon or rent, we advise waiting unless you want to take the thermostat with you. If you rent, you’ll often need to have your landlord’s permission first prior to installing a new thermostat.
  • Cost—Smart thermostats cost more than programmable thermostats, and we suggest having yours professionally installed. However, the energy savings over the years can help pay for itself.
  • Lifestyle—Does a family member work from home, or is someone regularly at the house? If so, you might not see as large of savings, but you’ll enjoy the convenience of not being required to program or adjust a thermostat.

Depend on ACS Heating and Air Conditioning for Your Smart Thermostat Needs

At ACS Heating and Air Conditioning, our number one purpose is to keep your house cozy while helping you save on utility costs. If you’re considering installing a smart thermostat, our professionals can help, from picking the ideal model to expert installation. Call us at 770-450-1539 today to learn more.