Installing a new thermostat has the potential to save you hundreds of dollars on your electric bill over the course of a year. Of course, you have to know which type is going to be right for your home in order to get the most savings. Many people are unsure about the differences between a smart thermostat and a programmable thermostat. Which one can really save you the most money and which one is the better investment?
Let’s take a closer look at how you can save more money with either of these brand new thermostats installed in your home.
What Can A Programmable Thermostat Do?
According to Energy Star, a programmable thermostat can save you up to $180 per year on your heating and cooling costs. These devices allow you to set different temperature changes that will occur automatically during the day. During the summertime, it is recommended that you set your thermostat up by seven degrees during the day while you are at work. You should also set it up by four degrees at nighttime while you’re asleep.
By giving your air conditioner a break during the times that you aren’t available to enjoy the cool air, you will save money on your utility bill. Perhaps more importantly, you’ll also be cutting back on the wear and tear that your air conditioning unit will see throughout the year. Ultimately, you’ll be saving money on the cost of repairs and maintenance to the AC unit over the long run.
While a programmable thermostat is still a step up from the standard, most people will want to make use of all the gadgets and features found on a smart thermostat for just a bit more money. If you can make the initial investment, you will find that you’ll save substantially more with a smart thermostat over a programmable one.
What About A Smart Thermostat?
A smart thermostat can do the same thing as a programmable thermostat and so much more. They will be a little more expensive to purchase initially, but the features that they include make smart thermostats well worth the price.
Popular models often sync directly to your smartphone, allowing you to make changes to your settings from anywhere. This can be great if you frequently travel or want to warm up the home on your commute from work.
These tools are also constructed with built-in sensors that can tell whether anyone is home. Others may track your location using the smartphone that is paired with the system. When the GPS location on your phone is too far from the house, it can reset your air conditioning or heating. This allows them to bump your air conditioning up at different times throughout the day when you might leave the house to run errands or pick up dinner.
A smart thermostat is also capable of evaluating how much energy you use over the course of a single day. If you have other smart home devices in the house already, you might be able to sync all of your information together. This can give you great insight into new ways that you can save money on your heating and cooling.
The system will start to recognize your patterns and habits, allowing it to offer you money-saving insights. They may suggest adjusting the temperature of your home or show you when you could use a little less energy during the day. With all of the unique features available on a smart thermostat, some companies boast that you can save up to 15 percent on your cooling bills and 10 percent on your heating bills.
Some of the most popular name brands of smart thermostats include the Nest Learning Thermostat, the Ecobee Smart Thermostat with voice control, and even the Amazon Smart Thermostat. Many of the major players have created their own version of a smart thermostat to meet any and all of your heating and cooling needs.
When you’re ready to install a brand new thermostat, leave it in the hands of the professionals. Our qualified team of air conditioning contractors can get you set up quickly to start saving money. Be sure to give Classic AC Services a call today!