Smart home technology is on the rise among homeowners in Raleigh, North Carolina, and across the nation. Smart thermostats, which control your home’s HVAC system, are one of the most appealing home automation options. So, is it worth it to invest in a smart thermostat for your home?
Understanding Smart Thermostats
A smart thermostat connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network, giving you control over it from anywhere that you have an internet connection. Smart thermostats come from several top brands, each of which has its own unique features and functionality. These units also have apps you can download on your smartphone or tablet, which allows you to adjust the temperature or set a schedule from your device. Some smart thermostats are also equipped with sensors and algorithms that can determine when people are in the home and how to save energy.
Although the cost of a smart thermostat is more than what you’d spend on a traditional thermostat, the long-term savings you can enjoy make it a worthwhile investment. When you install your new unit, you’ll start by setting a schedule of when you’re typically at home and awake. From there, your smart thermostat can start tracking that schedule and making small adjustments to reduce energy usage. You can also pull energy reports to look for ways to alter your own habits, including month-by-month reports and information from the previous year.
Since a smart thermostat can learn your preferences and schedule, it can improve the energy efficiency by adjusting the temperature as you and your family come and go in the home. You can also adjust the temperature when you’re away, which is useful if you’ve left for a trip but forgotten to switch the heating and cooling system to vacation mode.
For more information about home automation and your HVAC system, contact our team at Cape Fear Air Conditioning, Heating, & Electrical Company, Inc. by calling 919-246-5801.
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