You’ve heard about “smart” thermostats and how they are revolutionizing homes around the world. But are they really worth it? Do they provide that many advantages over traditional thermostats?
Many seniors are on a budget and may be wondering if it is really worth spending the money and time replacing your current thermostats with smart ones?
We’re going to break it down for you.
Why would you want to upgrade to a Smart Thermostat? It’s all about automation and learning.
Smart thermostats learn from your cooling and heating behaviors, let you control the climate at home remotely, can display energy consumption in real-time, and can even make adjustments to your system based on ambient conditions (humidity, for example). Compare this to all the manual adjusting and programming that must be done with standard thermostats.
Like the programmable thermostat, most smart thermostats can shut off the HVAC when you leave and start it again before you get home. It can also show you how long it takes to make adjustments so you can see how effective your climate control system really is. You can even manage smart thermostats from your phone.
Cost Savings with Smart Thermostats
Since smart thermostats came on the market, all smart thermostat manufacturers are making savings claims, saying you’ll save anywhere from $10 a month to a yearly average savings of 23%.
How much you save when using a smart thermostat depends on lots of factors, according to MB Grant from KnowledgeBase:
- Your current energy usage. Do you leave the heat on constant all winter or do you dial it down in the evenings and when you leave for work?
- The cost of utilities in your region. They probably get more expensive every year
- Seasonal variations. Think “mildest winter in 20 years” and “coldest winter on record”
- Climate. If you live in a temperate climate your savings will be smaller than, say, those of someone living in New England and coping with both frigid winters and scorching summers
- Your home and HVAC system itself. Your insulation and HVAC maintenance habits (keep those filters clean) make a difference, too
You would also need to consider the size and condition of your home. Big houses are more costly to heat and cool. The level of insulation you have will also affect how often the temperature of the home will need to adjust for optimal comfort.
Proper Temperature Settings
Using thermostats properly can save you at least a 10% each year on your energy costs. Implementing temperature changes for different times of the day will give you optimum results and prevent unnecessary energy usage.
This is where a smart thermostat comes in handy. As Chesky Ron notes:
“Here you can tell the thermostat to shut off when you are leaving and tell the time by which you want it to work again that will make your home cozy when you return. Every thermostat takes some minimum amount of time to change to the set temperature, which it will tell you beforehand so that you can set the temperature and time accordingly.”
The Size of Your Home
The size of your home does make a difference. When you have a large home, heating and cooling will be more expensive than energy costs of a small house. So, savings for people with large houses will be less compared to those with smaller houses when using smart thermostats.
What Smart Thermostats Are Available Now?
While there are numerous ones available, according to cnet.com, the three best smart thermostats on the market today include the following:
- The Ecobee4 has a responsive display, remote sensor, and various smart tech integrations, including an Amazon Alexa speaker. This model runs around $200.
- The Nest Thermostat E is almost as smart as Nest’s first model, but costs less at $175.
- The Lux TX500U (under $30), is programmable and has a remarkably intuitive interface.
You can continue to expect more to come out as the market continues to grow for this product.
In our energy conscious society, Smart Thermostats are one way to reduce energy consumption and lower your utility costs. Tech savvy homeowners have the option of programming their HVAC for optimal efficiency and comfort.
The climate in your home is the greatest factor in whether or not you are comfortable from day to day. Smart Thermostats give you a great option for maintaining a comfortable environment with very little effort.
This guest post was graciously shared by Anna Kucirkova. Anna speaks 3 languages and has a passion for kids and writing. While she has been to many places in Europe and SE Asia she still wants to explore the rest of the world.