Ever since they popped up in the market years ago, smart thermostats have been a frequent cause of debate. Smart thermostats have been widely lauded for their energy saving capabilities, but are they really worth the investment? Today, we’ll answer some key questions about this advanced control technology and see how they can help you save on day to day energy costs. You’ll also learn more about top products currently available on the market, if you decide your home could benefit from a smart thermostat!
Do You Save Money with a Programmable Thermostat?
In the HVAC industry, smart thermostat energy savings have been a big source of confusion. Do programmable thermostats help you save money or not? The answer depends on two key factors: your family’s typical heating and cooling usage pattern, and your usage pattern after the upgrade. If your house is consistently occupied throughout the day, there may be fewer opportunities to save on energy. Families that spend large quantities of time outside of the house (at school and/or work) can dramatically cut down on energy consumption by programming low-usage times during the day and sleeping hours.
Savings can be phenomenal with the right product and usage habits! However, family usage patterns may change after the upgrade, especially with smart phone interfaced systems. If the kids more frequently change the temperature, energy consumption can rise and cancel out some of the savings you’ve earned. When you’re determining how much your household could save, keep this in mind. Also, the amount of energy savings you will enjoy will depend on the capabilities of your HVAC unit. More efficient HVAC units can take better advantage of your smart thermostat.
Which Thermostat is Best?
There are numerous smart and programmable thermostats available on the market. Finding the ideal product will depend on your specific functional needs. We personally recommend products from Z-Wave, Trane, and Stel, as they can be easily managed from the Alarm.com mobile app (which many of our security clients take advantage of). However, there are many high quality options for your home smart thermostat! Just make sure that the product you choose matches your needs.