What are the Benefits of Smart Thermostats?

Considering a smart thermostat for your home?

If so, you want to know if the benefits of a smart thermostat justify its price tag.

In our opinion, smart thermostats are worth the investment because they offer 4 major benefits:

  1. Automatic schedule learning

  2. Energy usage reports

  3. Real-time service reminders

  4. Remote access

Let’s look at each of these benefits in more detail below.

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Benefit #1: Automatic schedule learning

One of the best features of a smart thermostat is its ability to automatically set a cooling/heating schedule.

We’ll explain.

Immediately after installation, a smart thermostat starts learning how your family normally sets the temperature throughout the day. After a week or so, the thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature based on the data it collects. Once the schedule becomes automated, it saves you the hassle of having to fidget with the thermostat constantly.

Besides the convenience factor, establishing an automatic cooling/heating schedule can reduce your energy costs. For example, if you or your family are away from home during the workday, a smart thermostat can automatically raise or lower the temperature to minimize energy use when the home is empty. The less your HVAC system has to work, the lower your monthly energy bills will be.

Some smart thermostats come with motion or temperature sensors, which are installed in various rooms or spaces throughout your home. These sensors send temperature data to the main thermostat so it can make any necessary adjustments and improve its scheduling algorithms.

Benefit #2: Energy usage reports

Besides its learning capabilities, a smart thermostat can also provide you with the data necessary to reduce your monthly energy bills.

In the smart thermostat’s corresponding app (or in a monthly report that’s emailed to you), you can see how much energy your HVAC system uses to cool or heat your home each month. You can even see a projected estimate of how much your next bill will be, based on your current energy usage.

Viewing this data can help you know how to cut energy costs even more. Since annual heating and cooling expenses add up to over $900 for the average U.S. family, reducing finding ways to reduce the energy consumption of your HVAC system can result in significant savings.

Benefit #3: Real-time service reminders

Forgot the last time you changed your air filter? Not sure when to schedule maintenance for your AC or furnace?

A smart thermostat has the answers: It can send you automatic reminders alerting you of maintenance or repairs your HVAC system requires. Additionally, many smart thermostats can be programmed to send you regular updates or alerts about your home’s indoor air quality.

Benefit #4: Remote access

Another major benefit of a smart thermostat is that it can be controlled remotely. Because the smart thermostat is connected to your home’s WiFi, you can control the thermostat from virtually anywhere.

Having greater control over your thermostat ultimately improves your overall comfort. For example, let’s say you leave work early on an especially cold day and you want to come home to a warm house. No problem—just open the thermostat app on your smartphone and raise the temperature. By the time you arrive home, your house will already be warmed up to your desired temperature.

Interested in a smart thermostat for your Portland home?

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We can help you find the right smart thermostat for your home, based on your comfort preferences, budget and current HVAC system.

For more information about the thermostats we offer, visit our thermostat installation page.

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