Smart Thermostats: To Invest or Not to Invest?

Thermostats have come a long way over the years. First, there were manual dials with no functionality. Then came digital screens and smart programming. Now, thermostats have evolved into sophisticated smart devices that utilize artificial intelligence and integrate with smart home systems seamlessly.

Smart thermostats offer a lot of benefits, like automatic calibration to ensure your home’s energy efficiency, energy reporting, and remote control from a connected device. However, they can be costly to install and are not compatible with all home heating and cooling systems. Here are a few things to consider if you want to invest in a smart thermostat:

Compatibility

Don’t invest in a smart thermostat unless you are sure it is compatible with your current heating and cooling system. There are many HVAC manufacturers on the market一and even more smart thermostat manufacturers. 

Not all systems will be compatible, and you could find out the hard way that the smart thermostat you recently bought will not connect with your HVAC system. The best method to confirm compatibility is checking with an HVAC professional. 

Most technicians will be very familiar with the most popular brands and which systems they connect to. They can also recommend the most reputable brands and systems if you haven’t already chosen one. 

Cost

It is no surprise that smart thermostats are more expensive than traditional ones. They can cost anywhere from $200 to $500 or more. The price will depend on brand and functionality. While a smart thermostat can be a good long-term investment for your property, the upfront cost is still something to consider. 

Energy Savings

Residents in Charlotte, NC, are no strangers to the seasons and know how much it can cost to heat and cool homes. One of the number one reasons consumers invest in smart thermostats is the promise of energy savings. 

A smart thermostat can optimize performance, learn your habits, and help you use your system less often. That means it’s almost always going to use less energy than a traditional thermostat. 

Most homeowners can expect to save anywhere between 10% and 20% on their energy bill every year after the installation of a smart thermostat. These energy savings may not be much if you have a small apartment or a condo. However, if you have a large home or are considering a smart thermostat for a business, the savings can be significant.

Remote Control

Another major benefit of smart thermostats is the ability to control them from a smartphone or other connected device. This functionality is especially important for homeowners who travel a lot or may be forgetful in adjusting the thermostat before leaving home. 

Remote control allows you to adjust the temperature at any time. If you are on your way home from a trip and want to warm the house up, you can turn up the thermostat while you are on your way. No more waiting to feel warm when you return. 

Repair Alerts

Another helpful feature of smart thermostats is their ability to alert you when something is off. Smart thermostats keep a record of how the heating and cooling system is operating, so it knows when the system starts to malfunction. 

Most of the time, your smart thermostat will be able to detect that something is wrong with the system before you do. This is a huge advantage because the earlier you catch problems with your heating and cooling systems, the better. 

Undetected underlying issues tend to get worse over time and can result in big repair bills. But a simple repair may be all you need when you catch signs of trouble early. The potential savings in repair bills is another thing to consider when deciding whether to invest in a smart thermostat.

Multi-Zone Capability

If your HVAC system is compatible, some smart thermostats offer multi-zone heating and cooling. This means that you no longer have to heat or cool your entire home at once or to the same temperature. 

The multi-zone capability allows you to set upstairs cooler than downstairs or even make different rooms different temperatures. No more fighting over the thermostat!

Multi-zone functionality can also help you save on your energy bill. You can target the parts of your house that you are actually using rather than waste energy regulating rooms that are not in use.

Invest in Better Living

There are lots of factors to consider when deciding whether to invest in a smart thermostat. If you still aren’t sure, let the HVAC professionals at Air Care Heating and Cooling help. We can offer advice on the best models and help you decide on a solution that is right for you.

 If you are ready to move forward with your smart thermostat installation, we have professionals standing by ready to help. Our team has over 20 years of experience in serving homeowners in the Charlotte, NC, area for all of their home comfort needs. Give us a call today!