Smart thermostats are increasing in popularity with homeowners and businesses for good reasons. These innovative devices allow you to control and monitor the temperature of your home or office remotely, using your smartphone or voice assistant.
While traditional thermostats provide you with comfort controls, smart thermostats offer a dynamic solution that can free-up any routine which might include adjusting temperatures morning, noon, and night.
One of the main benefits of smart thermostats is their usefulness in saving energy and reducing heating and cooling costs. By learning your temperature preferences and adjusting accordingly, smart thermostats can help you maintain a comfortable temperature while using less energy. They can also be programmed to turn off or reduce the heating or air conditioning of your space when you are away, further conserving energy.
In addition to saving energy, smart thermostats can offer various other benefits. Many models of smart thermostats can pair with your home security panel to detect when you arrive home based on your phone’s GPS location. This can be used to activate heating or cooling as needed so that your space is the most comfortable it can be when you first get home.
Another advantage of smart thermostats is the convenience of remotely controlling your home’s temperature. This is useful for adjusting a thermostat from anywhere you have an internet connection. The ability to remotely see your home’s temperature can help you make adjustments for pets that stay at home to ensure safety and comfort, as well as make early adjustments so that it feels perfect as soon as you arrive. Are you cozy in bed and want to turn the heat up a notch? You could easily make the change using the phone on your nightstand and never leaving bed.
Smart thermostats also offer a range of features that can make your life easier. Many models come with a touchscreen display and can be controlled using voice commands, making it easy to adjust the temperature without even having to lift a finger. Some models also offer features such as humidity and air quality sensors, which can help you maintain a healthy and comfortable home without needing to change on your own.
Of course, like any technology, smart thermostats require an initial investment. One consideration is the upfront cost, as they can be more expensive than traditional thermostats. However, the energy savings and convenience that smart thermostats offer can easily offset the initial cost.
The year-over-year savings can vary depending on climate, the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, and your personal comfort level, but according to Energy Star it saves an average of 8% per household with potential of higher savings in different climates.
Overall, smart thermostats are a convenient and energy-efficient addition to any home or office. While they may have a higher upfront cost, the long-term energy savings and convenience they offer can make them a worthwhile investment.
So, if you're looking to save energy and money, and make your life a little easier, consider investing in a smart thermostat. You'll be glad you did.
Another potential issue is compatibility. Not all smart thermostats are compatible with all heating and cooling systems, and some smart thermostats are optimized to work with specific security panels. It is best to ensure upfront that the specific wiring that connects to your current thermostat can be adapted to a smart thermostat.
As we’ve demonstrated that adding a smart thermostat to your home can offer you a range of benefits, connecting your thermostat to your existing home security system can help you leverage these benefits. When you integrate these, you gain control of your smart thermostat using the same app that allows you to arm and disarm your system.
Not only will integrating your smart thermostat into your security panel give you easy-to-use tools for configuring your optimal heating and cooling schedule, but you can add additional automation based on whether your home is occupied or not.
Imagine the middle of summer, and you get off work early one day. Normally, your house would be many degrees warmer than you would like upon arriving home. At Brinks Home, you can set your “Home” Scene to start when your phone location shows you leaving word. Immediately, your security system and connected smart devices begin to adjust to your “Home setting and provide you with the perfect level of comfort as soon as you walk in the door.
The best way to determine what smart thermostat is most compatible with your existing equipment, or optimal for your home, is by working with a Brinks Home™ Security Consultant. Contact us today to get started.
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