It’s the 21st century, and smart technology can automatically cool down your home to your preferred temperature as you leave the office. With a smart thermostat, you’ve got temperature control in the palm of your hand that can integrate with your other smart home devices. That’s why at SmartMove we’re committed to helping you find the right special offers on your Internet packages in your area: there’s nothing “smart” about constant WiFi outages.
But do you really need a smart home thermostat? And if so, what’s the best smart thermostat for you and your current smart home setup?
The Pros and Cons of Smart Home Thermostats
The obvious benefit of a smart home thermostat is to make your life easier — and, dare we say, “smarter.” By learning your preferences and allowing you to turn off the AC remotely via an app when you accidentally leave it on after heading to work, convenience and ease of use are a huge reason why a smart home thermostat could be right for you.
If you face a sizable energy bill at the end of each month, then this tech could be a budget-saver. Most smart thermostats allow you to create a custom schedule and includes sensors in order to better heat or cool your home. By connecting to your HVAC cooling system, most smart thermostats learn your preferences, adjust to current weather and humidity conditions, and offer data on energy usage so you can be more energy-savvy. The automation of this process helps to make saving energy effortless.
Certain smart thermostats can sense when you’re almost home (a feature called Geofencing), and when you enter a certain radius around your home, it begins the process of cooling down or heating up your place to your ideal temperature. This helps to prevent the urge to crank the thermostat to full blast to cool or heat the home when you get home, which can be a big energy drain.
If you’re looking into buying a smart home thermostat, factor in installation costs into your purchase. These devices can retail from $200-$500+ depending on the brand and model, and that’s often not including set-up costs. You may be able to install yourself to save some cash, depending on your handiness level.
However, these upfront costs could be worth it if you find yourself struggling to lower your energy bills. Nest estimates its users save somewhere between 10-15% on energy costs compared to those who just use the standard programmable thermostat. Check with your utility company, as some companies offer rebates for switching to smart thermostats.
Best Smart Thermostats
Nest’s line of thermostats and temperature sensors are great for two reasons: first, the cheaper Nest Thermostat E is made with plastic instead of glass, which is great for those on a budget. Secondly, if you’re looking for a full smart-home integration, Nest offers all sorts of products like smart doorbells, carbon monoxide and fire detectors, and a security system.
Because Nest is owned by Google, the Google Home integration is also prioritized. If you’ve already started investing in Google Home and Nest products, this choice is a no-brainer as a Nest thermostat will effortlessly link up to your existing system.
The competition in the Smart Thermostat market is stiff, though: Ecobee’s latest thermostat model comes with built-in Alexa (but does work with Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant, too.) If you don’t have a smart home unit, Ecobee may be the right choice because of the built-in smart home capabilities aside from the smart thermostat itself. Ecobee also relies on data from additional sensors you can place in your home to prevent uneven heating or cooling.
Bundling with Your Cable Company’s Packages
The easiest way to make sure your home is fully automated and “smart”? Check with your provider to see what smart home automation packages they have. Companies like Xfinity offer security system and smart thermostat bundles so that you can get all of your smart home needs in one place, with professional installation. We’ll help you get special offers in your area so that you can save the planet, basically.
No matter what smart thermostat you choose, you still have to be committed to practicing “smart” energy-saving tactics in order to lower your energy bill.