The future of homes is here – the voice-controlled thermostat. The popularity of Smart Home Technology has been on the rise since its introduction to the market in the early 2000s. In fact, 65% of Americans have at least one smart device in their home. (Fun Fact: A larger percentage of those are in the Northeast than the Midwest)
If you’ve been trying to decide if a smart thermostat is worth the money, then stick around. We’re going to break it down to help you decide.
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Benefits of Smart Thermostats
Ease of Control
The most notable benefit of a voice-controlled thermostat is the ease of use. We know what you’re thinking.
I can just get up and change the temperature myself. But consider the possibility of these situations in which voice commands are going to be more helpful.
A mother is rocking her sleeping newborn when she realizes that it’s pretty cold in the home. She doesn’t want her baby to be cold, but she also knows that one sudden move could wake the baby. Thankfully, she has a voice-controlled thermostat. “Set the temperature to 72.” Without having to risk waking her newborn, this mother has successfully set her desired home temperature.
And for those who aren’t new mothers?
Do you have elderly parents or grandparents who have restricted mobility or just find it difficult to complete basic tasks with ease? They don’t have to get stuck struggling to keep their home comfortable. With a voice-controlled thermostat, you can add ease to their lives.
No more struggling to the hallway thermostat, fiddling with buttons, and repeating in half an hour when it’s still not comfortable. Instead, your loved one can simply ask for a specific temperature without having to go through the whole process.
Save on Energy Bills
In addition to the user-friendly benefit of these devices, you will also see that you save on your energy bills.
Energy Star reported that the average person spends $900 on their heating and air per year. That’s a lot of money!
However, with a voice-controlled thermostat, people saw savings of up to 23% annually. That’s almost $200 that you could be putting toward paying off a loan, buying groceries, or adding to your savings.
Smart Scheduling & Forecast
One of the handiest features of a smart thermostat is the ability to program based on your schedule or the forecast.
Some smart devices will learn your schedule over time and begin to adjust the settings based on your routine. If you turn off the heat when you leave for work every morning at 7am, then your device will learn that and ask if you would like to do that every weekday at the same time. You can also manually schedule things into the device. For instance, if you know your drive home will be 20 minutes, then you can ask your smart thermostat to start warming your home at a certain time of the day.
Another cool feature is the ability to get weather forecasts straight from your thermostat – and, with some devices, suggestions on how to dress for the day. With this feature, you can use your tools to have your thermostat automatically adjust the temperature in your home based on the weather outside. No more waking up to a freezing home because the temperature dropped overnight and your thermostat was still set on 68.
Upgrade Your Thermostat System Today
Most smart thermostats don’t require a professional to install, making them even easier to use! That being said, Twin Air LLC is still here to help in whatever way we can. If you have questions about which thermostat will work best with your current HVAC system or are interested in other upgrades for your unit, just give us a call! We’re happy to help.