No one likes to spend too much time, and no one likes to spend too much money, on necessities such as chores, grocery shopping, and keeping your home or business comfortable for everyone. In the HVAC world, that’s why smart thermostats were invented.

Smart thermostats are designed to make your life easier by allowing you to regulate your home’s temperature more efficiently, and without too much thought and attention once you’ve trained your system in the way you desire.

These new thermostats are experts at turning off your AC and your heat more often than regular thermostats, saving you around eight percent on your energy bill each year. That’s a lot of money! The best savings are found when heat and air conditioning are used frequently during cold and hot times of the year. In the Decatur, AL area, AC is a must for the summer months, which means smart thermostats will save on your energy bills.

How Do Smart Thermostats Work?

Smart thermostats can detect when you’re home or away and adjust your heating and cooling accordingly.

Some models can come armed with motion sensors. Other thermostats connect to your phone via an app, and they adjust the temperature accordingly when your phone is not in the house. Motion sensors detect no movement while you’re away and turn off the thermostat during times your home is empty. Still other smart thermostats rely on both motion sensors and phones to control the temperature.

While it’s possible to manually turn down your thermostat every time you leave the house, it’s tedious to do so every time, and getting every family member on board can prove to be a challenge. Your smart thermostat will carry out this task for you, so you do not miss a single opportunity to save on your energy bills.

Many smart thermostats can learn your heating and cooling schedule quickly as well, including when you’re asleep or at work. Some models can integrate with virtual assistants, detect HVAC problems, and offer analytics about your energy use.

What About Programming My Thermostat?

Smart thermostats can also be programmed to turn up or down during certain parts of the day, such as at night or during work hours, adding more customization to your heating and cooling schedule. Most models will even allow you to adjust your temperature while away by using your phone app, if you choose to do so.

Why not just use a regular programmable thermostat? While programmable thermostats can also help you save on energy bills, they are time-consuming to use, and many homeowners and business owners don’t know how to take advantage of their features. Most do not come with phone apps, and they do not “learn” your energy behaviors, detect motion, or know when you are away.

Having Your Smart Thermostat Installed

Installing a smart thermostat is easy, and purchasing one is not very expensive. The savings gained by a smart thermostat will outweigh the initial cost when being used in a climate that gets very warm or cold. Smart thermostats are especially helpful if you haven’t had time to do lots of home repairs and upgrades meant to conserve energy, or if you need to conserve energy quickly.

If a smart thermostat is right for you, be sure to reach out to us at Southeastern Mechanical Services today if you live in the Decatur, AL area. We’re here to answer your questions and keep you comfortable all year.