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Smart Thermostats Give Homeowners Greater Control of Their Heating and Cooling Costs

You're probably aware that using a programmable thermostat can help improve electric bills. It can be programmed to a preset schedule according to when you're home and away, saving you money and hassle. But, how effective is your programmable thermostat in understanding how well your HVAC system is performing?

While programmable thermostats are easy to install and program, they are simply a switchboard for your HVAC system. Today's smart thermostat technology gives you total control over your home's heating and cooling system, while integrating with your smartphone. Not only do smart thermostats make your life easier, they also result in greater energy efficiency and enhance the comfort of your home through advanced reporting.

What is a Smart Thermostat?

According to ENERGY STAR*, a smart thermostat is a Wi-Fi enabled device that automatically adjusts heating and cooling temperature settings for optimal performance. Smart thermostats are capable of learning your temperature preferences and adjusting accordingly when you're asleep or away for maximum energy savings. Many also come equipped with schedules and vacation settings to further optimize energy usage.

Smart thermostats also provide data about your home’s energy use from heating and cooling. Compared to traditional programmable thermostats, these insights can help you better analyze your settings and adjust accordingly for greater savings. Further, some smart thermostats can even help you identify potential issues with your HVAC system that may need addressed to prevent a future breakdown.

Other Benefits of Smart Thermostats

On top of a smart thermostat's learning and reporting abilities, most models will allow you to access reports and control home heating and cooling through a computer or smartphone. This is especially helpful when you get home earlier than planned – you can remotely adjust the temperature in your home in advance so it's heated or cooled to your liking upon your arrival.

In addition, you can opt to receive email or text alerts** when the temperature rises or falls beyond a pre-determined threshold, or if there is a connectivity issue. You can also subscribe to reminders to change your air filter.

While a smart thermostat may have a higher price point than a traditional thermostat, it will often pay for itself within the first year*** through energy savings. With the added benefits of intelligent reporting and control from a mobile device, homeowners would be wise to integrate this technology into their energy-saving mix.

If you want greater control of your heating and cooling costs and peace of mind that your HVAC system is working properly, consider enrolling in a Connected Home Plan. For a low monthly amount, customers will receive a professionally installed smart thermostat and a custom HVAC monitoring service. The monitoring service provides monthly reports and alerts that notify you of potential performance issues – allowing you to fix them and avoid serious breakdowns.

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