If you’re looking for ways to lower your energy costs, a programmable thermostat – also called a smart thermostat – is a great place to start. Sure, you can set reminders to change the air temperature in your home at certain times to conserve energy use, but it’s so easy to forget.
With a smart thermostat, you don’t have anything else to remember. Plus, a smart thermostat takes away some of the guesswork by offering suggestions based on your energy use. If you’re interested in smart thermostat installation, give our team a call. If you need more ways that a programmable thermostat can benefit your home, we’ve got five.
You want to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter – even when the outside temperatures are reaching temperature extremes. But you don’t want to pay too much to stay comfortable. A smart thermostat can learn your heating and cooling habits and change temperatures throughout the day.
For example – you turn the heat down in the morning before you leave for work and then back up again right before you get home. Your smart thermostat can make these changes automatically through settings that you choose or simply by learning your habits over time.
2. Energy Savings
Energy Star estimates that by investing in a programmable thermostat homeowners can save up to 8% per year on energy costs. When you lower the temperature while your family isn’t home, you’re not paying to heat an empty house. Your smart thermostat takes a variety of factors into consideration when choosing energy-saving options for heating and cooling your home. These options include:
- The outside temperature
- Your chosen indoor temperature settings
- Length of time to heat or cool your home
- When you’re away or at home
3. Adjust from Anywhere
No matter how “set” your schedule is, things can change. You may plan to get home early to stay out late one day. When this happens, you can easily adjust the temperature settings from your phone and temporarily override the automated settings.
4. Get Notifications
What if your HVAC system could talk to you and tell you what’s going on with its system? While smart thermostats aren’t quite that advanced, they can share some helpful notifications, including:
- When it’s time to change the air filter
- When there’s a maintenance issue
- Heating and cooling trends
- Energy use patterns
- Power outages
- When the system fails
5. Indoor Air Quality
Two of the best ways to improve your indoor air quality are to change your air filter regularly and maintain a healthy level of humidity in your home. Your smart thermostat can help you do both of these things. Ideally, you want the indoor humidity to be between 30% and 50%. Any less and the air is too dry and uncomfortable. Any more moisture in the air can foster the growth of mold and mildew. Your smart thermostat can help you stay within this humidity range without any guesswork.
In addition, the alerts and reminders above can help you stay on top of maintenance (like filter changes). Regular maintenance provides you with cleaner, healthier air to breathe by removing pollutants and allergens from your home.
JMS Air Conditioning and Heating has your back. Call us today to schedule an appointment for an air purifier in Glendale, CA!