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Is A Smart Thermostat Worth It?

When you consider all the unique features; simple usability, remote control, intelligent control and energy-saving capabilities, a smart thermostat is definitely worth it. Sure, whatever you are currently using may work fine but why settle for “fine” when you can have the best? With smart thermostats, you’re potentially saving 23% on heating and cooling costs every year while creating maximum home comfort.

Smart technology is the future in home comfort and energy efficiency, and smart thermostats play a starring role. However, although this technology has been available for over 10 years now, most homeowners still haven’t transitioned to a smart thermostat.

How Does A Smart Thermostat Work?

Smart thermostats are part of the smart home family. Smart home technology is connected through Wi-Fi to your smart device, giving you more control over your utilities and home functions.

A smart thermostat offers you the ability to adjust the temperature of your household HVAC system from anywhere in the world. Through an app on your smart device, you can manually adjust your air conditioning and heating systems without leaving the comfort of your couch.

The ecobee 3 thermostat LCD touch screen and remote sensor with detachable stand.
ecobee 3 Thermostat LCD

But it’s more than just simple usability. When installed correctly by a professional, smart thermostats provide a range of connected features that can increase home comfort and save you money.

The more you use your smart thermostat, the more it learns your schedule. If everyone’s at work during the day, your smart thermostat will reduce the energy usage of your HVAC systems, saving you money every day.

Say you’re living in Calgary; your smart thermostat knows the exact temperature and humidity of your living location. With this information, the smart thermostat adjusts the humidity and temperature to match your preferred temperature setting.

Smart Vs. Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is a step in the right, energy-efficient direction (if it’s programmed correctly, which most homeowners don’t bother to do). However, with a smart thermostat, setting and adjusting temperature is much simpler. And since your smart thermostat is controllable via phone or web app, you can easily tweak your heating and cooling system on the go.

If you want one control centre for your home’s entire heating and cooling system, this is it. Easy to program, the Prestige can be updated from your mobile device.
Honeywell Prestige IAQ 2.0 Thermostat

Some smart thermostats are so smart that they can actually learn your schedule and accommodate your habits – when you leave for work, what temperature you prefer at bedtime, and so on.

A smart thermostat is the best way to ensure your heating is turned up at the right moment — and not the rest of the time — so you won’t end up paying for heat that you don’t need. It can also track your HVAC costs, which allows you to instantly adjust your energy use and start saving money.

How Will A Smart Thermostat Save Me Money?

ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats, such as Nest Learning Thermostats and ecobee Smart Thermostats, will save you the most on your energy bills. According to the Government of Canada, we’d save 11 Petajoules of Energy and a total of $248 million if everyone used an ENERGY STAR smart thermostat.

How to Get the Most Out of My Smart Thermostat?

  • Control heat and air conditioning in the location of your choice — home, business, or cottage — from wherever you are.
  • Link to Google Now or Alexa to control your smart thermostat with verbal commands.
  • Link to the location of your phone with Auto-Away for automatic thermostat adjustment when you are away from home.
  • Integrate with your other smart home devices, such as a multisensor to indicate when a window is opened, for example. This will prompt your smart thermostat to turn off the A/C.

Small and beautiful, with Honeywell’s classic round design, 3-inch face width and 1-inch depth.
Honeywell Lyric Thermostat

Can I Install My Own Smart Thermostat?

Search the net and you will see instructions on installing your own smart thermostat. But that’s not always the best idea.

Installing this device safely and maximizing its performance requires the skill of a trained electrician. What’s more, your warranty might be invalidated if you don’t use a professional installer. Why not spend the extra few dollars and get the job done right?

Think Smart With Knight

Ready to start saving energy and money? Contact Knight Plumbing for smart thermostat purchase and expert installation. Call (587) 317-2535 today.

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