“A smart thermostat won’t really help me if my heating and cooling system is old.” This is a fairly common statement we get as Sarasota heating and cooling experts, but it’s also one that’s remarkably misinformed. Sure your HVAC equipment may be on the older side and that means it’s probably not the most energy-efficient model in the world, but that doesn’t mean that a smart thermostat can’t help you!
A “smart thermostat” is a thermostat which has added programming and technology included which allow it to manage your HVAC system in an extremely effective way, often with little to no input from you. This can provide your home with a number of benefits, even if your existing air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump are all getting up there in age. And the best part? They cost no more than a few hundred dollars to purchase and install.
Here are just a few of the ways in which a smart thermostat could prove to be one of the best investments you make in your home.
Better Energy Efficiency
Smart thermostats are programed with algorithms and AI technologies that are designed to adjust and adapt to your heating and cooling needs. Not only do they adjust based on how your system works, but some even learn your climate preference tendencies and adjust themselves in a way that both maintains your target temperature goals and encourages energy efficiency. Smart thermostats have actually shown time and time again that their adaptive programming and decision making can save hundreds of dollars per year in energy—even paying for themselves in as little as a few months’ time!
With compatible equipment (which you may or may not have), your smart thermostat could even provide you with a full readout of your heating and cooling energy consumption. This allows you to track, performance, spot problems, and even figure out where you’re spending the most energy on heating and cooling and work to improve it!
Many smart thermostats have Wi-Fi hardware installed in them, which allows them to connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network. Doing this opens up a whole new world of flexibility and controllability. Many Wi-Fi enabled smart thermostats are paired with smartphone or tablet apps which give you the ability to turn your system on and off, change the temperature, and even adjust other settings as well, all from the comfort of wherever you are. You don’t even have to be home—you can be halfway around the world and still do it!
Wi-Fi enabled smart thermostats also have the ability to make adjustments and adapt to changing situations, including your schedule and even the weather outside. Many modern smart thermostats actually take the weather in your area into account when adjusting the temperature for the day to keep you comfortable. If the day is slightly cooler, it may stay turned off for longer to save you energy. If the day is expected to be hot, it may turn itself on earlier before you’re expected home in order to have additional time to reach your comfortable temperature before you arrive.