How Do Smart Thermostats Save Energy?

how do smart thermostats save energy

Almost half of your monthly energy costs are related to your thermostat. If you want to make a simple home improvement that will pay off in savings, consider installing a smart thermostat. They can save you energy all while offering convenience and maintaining home comfort.  A smart thermostat has the capability of connecting to WiFi. It is easy to recognize convenient features of a smart home, but how do smart thermostats save energy? They range in features with basic models allowing you to adjust the temperature from an app to high end models such as Nest and Ecobee which learn your habits and routines to save you money. According to EPA, smart thermostats that meet Energy Star criteria can save you as much as 8% on your energy bills.  Smart thermostats can achieve this by turning off the heat and AC more often than regular thermostats without sacrificing your comfort. The problem with regular programmable thermostats is that most households forget to set them up or find it too cumbersome. Smart thermostats are easier to use which means you will use them more often thus resulting in energy savings.

They Learn Your Behaviors

You initially program your ideal temperature and settings and over time, your smart thermostat will observe your behaviors and learn your habits. The thermostat will automatically adjust your settings to make sure it is an ideal temperature when you are home. By learning your behaviors smart thermostats can offer you suggestions for optimizing your schedule even further.

They Monitor Your Energy Use

Smart thermostats are capable of always monitoring your usage and keep record of how long they run to provide you with custom energy reports. You can then access these reports through their apps and make further adjustments to your program to improve your energy efficiency and savings or allow your thermostat to automatically handle it. A smart thermostat will also analyze how to best heat and cool your home while using the least amount of energy based off the data it records. The thermostat will know how long it takes to cool or heat your home so it can maximize the duration of energy saving mode when you are away. Many smart thermostat models will also remind you when AC maintenance is due and to replace your HVAC filter.

Remote Access via App

Because smart thermostats are WiFi compatible, you can monitor and control temperatures from anywhere which can result in energy savings. Take for instance, you forget to turn it off when you leave for vacation, via the app you can turn it off so it is not running while you are not home. You can adjust the temperature, change the schedule, adjust settings and view your energy report.

Automatic Home and Away Modes

Smart thermostats can detect when you are home and when you aren’t. With most smart thermostats the system will switch to an eco-setting when you are not at home which automatically results in energy savings. The smart thermostat can do this with sensors or geo-tracking. It is the same as if you were to manually adjust it, but in case you forget the smart thermostat will take care of it for you. The more information your thermostat tracks the more it can predict the needs of your household.

Contact LA Construction, Heating and Air

Yes you can save on energy costs with a programmable thermostat but you must be incredibly diligent, using a smart thermostat takes a lot less effort and makes sense for your wallet. Unlike programmable thermostats, smart thermostats also take into consideration routine changes, energy reports and automatic modes to help you save energy on cooling and heating your home. If you are ready to make the switch give us a call today or contact us online. We are also here to help if you are in need of AC maintenance, ac repair or ac replacement.

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