Smart technologies are all the rage these days. From lighting and security to more comprehensive home automation systems, technologies are being
introduced with great interest and appeal to homeowners. In the HVAC industry, smart thermostats are a huge trend. A report from Parks Associates, a firm specializing in consumer technology research, indicates that smart thermostats currently account for more than half of all smart home devices used by homeowners nationwide.
Standard vs. Smart
Standard thermostats provide a control panel that allows you to modify basic heating and cooling settings. Models with programmable features enable you to set the temperature to change automatically based on time of day. But these thermostats lack the ingenuity of newer technologies. Smart thermostats can be programmed to recognize your preferences and behaviors so that they run more efficiently. Many of these devices are equipped with touch screens and WiFi capabilities so you can access and adjust system settings from anywhere at anytime.
What’s a “smart” choice?
With promises to offer exceptional control over your indoor environment, energy savings, plus real-time information regarding system settings and performance, why wouldn’t someone choose a smart thermostat over a standard one? There are a few factors that should play into the decision…
Younger homeowners tend to want smart technologies that enable them to automate and control their system through their smartphone. On the other hand, older homeowners are less interested. Your ability and desire to understand or learn the technology in your thermostat is important when deciding which is best for you. Some people simply don’t need all the bells and whistles that smart thermostats offer.
Your daily habits and the amount of time you spend at home play a role in determining which is a better choice too. If you’re at home a lot, smart thermostats might be more than you really need. People who fall into this category tend to not adjust the thermostat much throughout the day, so the advanced features packed into a smart thermostat are less beneficial.
But doesn’t smart equate to greater cost savings?
The EPA’s Energy Star program suggests that homes with smart thermostats can save up to $180 per year on heating and cooling costs. However, those same savings can be gained using a standard thermostat with programmable features. If you know how to use it right, your basic thermostat can offer as much potential savings as a smart unit, and it doesn’t require an investment or system installation.
At Dominion Service Company, we’re all about educating customers on their options. Interested to see if you can save money and be more comfortable with a thermostat upgrade? We’re happy to show you all the pros and cons of both standard and smart thermostats, and help you make the best decision for you and your family. Contact Dominion Service Company at 800-832-0758 to speak with one of our experienced technicians or to schedule a same-day appointment.