You’ve probably heard that using a thermostat can be one of the better bang-for-the-buck ways to improve energy efficiency in your home. But what kind of thermostat should you buy, and is it worth the effort and money to switch the model you already have? Let’s take a look.
All thermostats do the same basic job: they monitor the air temperature in your home and control your heating or cooling system to make sure it stays at your desired setting. Basic thermostats allow manual adjustment of temperature; programmable thermostats take that functionality a step further by letting you set temperature changes on a timer.
Smart (Wi-Fi) thermostats take things to another level by learning from your behaviors and allowing you to control your home systems remotely. For example, you can “teach” a smart thermostat to shut when you leave the house and turn back on in time to make the house cozy by the time you to get home.
Some smart thermostats will even estimate how long it will take to make the change you’ve requested, so you can see how effective your climate control system really is, while others will allow you to see your energy consumption in real time, or adjust themselves based on ambient conditions such as humidity.
If you currently have a basic thermostat, upgrading from to a programmable or Wi-Fi thermostat is a smart move: by making it easy to match your indoor climate to your lifestyle, it could pay for itself in energy savings alone the first year you own it.
But saving money isn’t the only advantage that a programmable or smart thermostat provides. Consider these benefits:
As for choosing between programmable and smart thermostat options, that’s largely a matter of preference: if the convenience of controlling your heating and cooling system from a distance is important to you – for example, if you travel a lot or are using it for a second home – then a Wi-Fi thermostat is a no-brainer. If you spend most of your time at home and have a pretty set routine, a programmable thermostat is probably enough.
Whichever option you choose, a thermostat upgrade is a simple, convenient, and powerful way to manage the climate of your home and save money in the process. They’ll pay for themselves quickly and give you more control than ever over your heating and cooling equipment.
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