Thermostat technology has advanced a great deal over the past several years. While programmable thermostats were once the gold standard for energy savings, switching to smart thermostat models now delivers greater energy-efficient heating and cooling usage along with many modern conveniences. In our most recent blog, Novak Heating & Cooling discusses the benefits of switching to a smart thermostat.
How Do Smart Thermostats Compare to Older Models?
As mentioned, programmable thermostats have been considered a helpful tool for energy conservation in American homes for many years. An estimated 25 million U.S. households have a programmable thermostat installed. Unfortunately, simply having a programmable thermostat isn’t enough to generate energy-efficiency improvements, and that’s where the problem with their use arises.
According to the Energy Information Administration’s most recent Residential Energy Consumption Survey in 2015, approximately 76.8 million U.S. households use central air conditioning systems, but only 48.4 million of those homes have programmable thermostats. Furthermore, only 14.1 million of these households program their thermostat.
Of these households, studies show varying use of thermostat settings and energy-savings strategies. Frankly, most homeowners don’t know how to effectively program their thermostats, therefore they don’t generate the expected energy savings a programmable thermostat is said to deliver. While Wi-Fi thermostats allow for remote temperature adjustments so users can change temperatures without physically being at their thermostats, if the settings aren’t effective, savings do not result.
Switching to smart thermostat models eliminates the human error component that prevents energy savings with programmable thermostats and Wi-Fi units. Smart thermostats use temperature and occupancy sensors to assess conditions and make energy-smart temperature adjustments for heating and cooling usage as needed. The use of smart thermostats ensures temperature settings are the most efficient and adjustments are made when needed to increase a household’s energy conservation through automation.
Smart Thermostat Benefits
Switching to smart thermostat models allow homeowners to automate temperature adjustments effortlessly, removing error and increasing savings. In addition to these cost-saving benefits, this type of thermostat also offers other important advantages:
- Energy Monitoring. Smart thermostats record data regarding household energy consumption. This information can be viewed by logging into the corresponding mobile app or online portal. The data provided by switching to smart thermostat models can help you visualize the positive impacts of energy conservation and help you identify areas where improvements can be made.
- Geofencing. Many smart thermostats offer geofencing technology to ensure your home is always at the perfect temperature when you arrive, without wasting energy throughout the day. Using your mobile phone’s location and making observations of your schedule, the thermostat can identify when you are headed home and make temperature adjustments just before arrival to return your rooms to a comfortable temperature when you walk in.
- Maintenance and Monitoring. Switching to a smart thermostat model helps you stay on top of maintenance and repairs. Your smart thermostat constantly monitors HVAC system energy use and can detect changes in consumption. Through the thermostat face or mobile app, it can alert you to the need for maintenance such as filter changes, or notify you when energy consumption has increased, which can indicate a malfunction that requires HVAC repair.
Smart Thermostats from Novak Heating & Cooling
If you’re thinking of installing a smart thermostat in your Hiawatha area home to save money by reducing energy costs, give Novak Heating & Cooling a call! We offer a great selection of new smart thermostats to ensure compatibility with your home’s HVAC system and provide the comfort control and convenience you desire. Contact us today to learn more about how a smart thermostat can help lower your home’s energy usage.