If you’re like most homeowners, you are always on the lookout for smart, practical ways to lower your energy bills. Not only is consuming less energy good for your bank account, but it’s good for the environment too!
But when it comes to lowering your bills, sometimes you have to invest a little more upfront in order to enjoy the dividends down the line. Such is the case when it comes to your thermostat. A high-quality thermostat may cost a little more than its less capable equivalent, but you’re guaranteed to make the money back – and then some – in the savings that these “smart” thermostats – particularly programmable ones – can provide for you. Let’s look at some of the advantages they offer.
More control. A programmable thermostat offers much more flexibility in terms of how much energy you choose to expend. You can program it to fit your lifestyle (lowering heat or air conditioning while you’re out of the house, for example).
Habit (and environmental) recognition. Top-of-the-line smart thermostats are capable of recognizing your energy consumption patterns after a certain amount of time, and adjust accordingly. Some of the more state-of-the-art thermostats are even able to detect the amount of light and levels of humidity in your house, and tweak their output to compensate.
Wi-Fi access. Many of the newer smart thermostats offer wireless Internet connectivity and are controllable via your smartphone. So you can make changes to your thermostat’s energy output from anywhere!
These advances in thermostats allow homeowners to manage their energy consumption more easily than ever before – and keeps them warm (or cool) in the process.