Scientists have developed a million and one uses for computer-aided technology, but few everyday inventions have the power to improve your comfort and increase your home’s energy efficiency like a smart thermostat. If you live in Bethesda, Maryland, or Montgomery County, these innovative products can put you in charge of your energy bills and help your HVAC equipment run more efficiently.
What’s So Special About Smart Thermostats?
Smart thermostats are packed with user-friendly features designed to lower your utility bills by a minimum of 8%. According Energy Star, if every household installed a smart thermostat, Americans could save $740 million per year on heating and cooling. These accessories provide a variety of other benefits.
- Self-programming thermostats learn your preferred temperature settings while providing one-touch override functions.
- Smartphone apps and remote access tools let you turn the heater or air conditioner on before your drive home.
- Wi-Fi thermostats with a built-in home automation bridge interface with security cameras, appliances and other smart devices connected to the Internet of Things.
- Thanks to geofencing technology, smart thermostats can adjust the temperature automatically based on your location.
- If you have a variable-speed HVAC system, look for a thermostat that uses climate-based algorithms to select the most efficient settings.
Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings
Energy savings is the number one benefit of installing a smart thermostat. Depending on your home’s utility use, you could save anywhere from $50 to $150 per year on heating and cooling. Additionally, many products qualify for installation rebates offered through EmPOWER Maryland, Columbia Gas of Virginia and the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility. These programs provide immediate savings to reward homeowners who choose energy-efficient technology.
If you’re in the market for a programmable thermostat, our service techs can recommend a model that’s compatible with your HVAC equipment. To learn more, call Vernon The Heating & Cooling Specialist today. You may also view our selection of smart thermostats online.