With 2017 right around the corner, you may be thinking that it’s finally time to upgrade to a WiFi thermostat. If you haven’t taken the plunge yet, you’re missing out on a lot of advantages that these advanced thermostats have to offer. And as technology continues to advance and improve, smart thermostats may be the only option in the future.
Here’s why using a smart thermostat is even more important in 2017:
1. A Digital Thermostat Saves You Money
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – WiFi thermostats save you money on your energy bills.
While the features of these devices is always changing and improving, even the most basic models allow you to:
- Adjust your home’s temperature anytime, anywhere from a mobile device.
- Create schedules (like what the Sensi thermostat offers), so you can avoid heating or cooling an empty house.
- View reports that show your energy usage and offer efficiency tips.
- Adjust temperatures automatically to your preferred temperature, so your home is always comfortable.
This is just the start of a what an Internet-connected thermostat can do for you. Having complete control over your home’s heating and cooling system – no matter where in the world you are – will allow you to maximize your energy savings.
How much can you save?
- Nest says you’ll save 10-12% on heating and 15% on cooling.
- Ecobee says you’ll save 23% on heating and cooling.
- Honeywell says you’ll save $88 per year.
At a time when people are constantly looking for ways to save money, cutting back on your energy usage (one of your most expensive bills) is a great place to start.
2. Reducing Your Energy Use Reduces Your Environmental Impact
With climate change becoming an increasingly serious threat to our planet, lowering your energy usage is a practical way to reduce your environmental impact.
Since 1880, the earth’s temperature has increased by 1.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Sea levels are rising 3.5 millimeters per year, while land ice is melting at a rate of 281 gigatonnes per year.
What does climate change have to do with your energy bill?
We still rely largely on fossil fuels to heat and cool our homes, and when those fuels are burned, carbon dioxide is released into the air. When there’s too much carbon dioxide, it can’t escape from the atmosphere, and creates what’s called “greenhouse gas.”
Greenhouse gases contribute to the warming of the planet, which makes the climate less stable.
According to figures from Nest Thermostat, you can save 10-12% on heating and 15% on cooling by using their thermostat. That equates to about $131-$145 in savings per year. Less energy usage means that you’re lowering your impact on the environment and contributing less to the escalating climate change problem.
3. Smart Thermostats Are the Wave of the Future
WiFi thermostats are by no means a standard in every home – yet. They very well might be in the next decade. The question is – do you really want to wait that long to get accustomed to the technology?
Smart homes are coming in the near future. They’re here now, but the costs are still a little prohibitive for the average person. Eventually, all of the appliances in your home, including your thermostat, will be controlled with the touch (or tap) of a button.
And things in this industry are changing very quickly.
Take, for example, the new Honeywell thermostat that has built-in voice control features. This thermostat is so smart, all you have to say is “I’m feeling hot” and it will automatically adjust your home’s temperature to make it cooler (or hotter if you say you’re feeling cold).
This particular Honeywell model offers all of the same features you love with its the original smart thermostat, but the added voice recognition makes it easier than ever to adjust your home’s temperature to your liking.
New WiFi-connected thermostats are coming onto the market all the time. With just about everything in our lives being connected to WiFi, it’s only a matter of time before smart thermostats are your only option.
Jumping on the bandwagon now can help you skip the learning curve and make sure your home is ready for future advancements.
4. Smart Thermostats Put You in the Driver’s Seat
One of the biggest advantages to using a smart thermostat – whether it’s the Nest or a simpler model like the White Rodgers thermostat – is that it gives you complete control over your home’s heating and cooling system.
And you can control your HVAC system anytime, anywhere. All you need is a mobile device, the right app and Internet connectivity.
Forget to turn down the heat before you left for that weekend getaway? No problem. Use your smartphone and your thermostat’s app to adjust your home’s temperature while you’re in the car, on the plane or hiking on foot.
Many smart thermostats also allow you to set schedules or programs, so your home’s temperature is automatically adjusted to your needs. And those schedules can be changed on the fly using the companion app. If you’ll be staying late at work all week, you can change your schedule whenever needed right through your smartphone.
And you’ll also receive reports that let you know how much energy you use and your peak hours of use. This information can be used to make adjustments, so you can cut back even more on your energy use throughout the month.
Having more control over your heating and cooling system will not only make your home more comfortable, but it will also translate into energy savings all year long.
The Bottom Line
A smart thermostat will save you money by cutting back on your energy usage each month. Using less energy will also help reduce your environmental impact while giving you complete control over your home’s HVAC system.
As WiFi-connected thermostats become even more affordable, they will quickly become a standard in homes. As we head into 2017, there’s no better time than now than to upgrade to a smart thermostat and start reaping the benefits of energy savings.