Thermostats that connect with WIFI or Z-Wave are called “smart” thermostats for a reason. They are electronic, self-learning and programmable. They offer Elmhurst, IL homeowners the utmost comfort at an agreeable price. These devices can help you with other things too.
How does a smart device give you the ultimate in comfort and lower energy bills at the same time? It does so by turning the heating and cooling systems on and off more often than old-fashioned thermometers do.
A recent study found that consumers with smart thermostats can save 10% per year on the cost of electricity. WIFI thermostats that meet the ENERGY STAR efficiency criteria can save an average of 8% per year in heating and cooling costs. Researchers found that people in low-income multifamily housing enjoyed a similar energy savings when a smart thermostat was installed.
With the help of smart displays and smart speakers like Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Siri, you can access and manage your home’s heating and cooling systems from anywhere in the world. This feature comes in handy when you’re stuck in traffic or held up at work. There’s no reason to run the furnace or the AC when no one is there to appreciate it
Smart devices have sensors that can detect the number of people in a room and how close they are to the sensors. WIFI thermostats can also detect a presence by checking the location of that person’s phone. Based on that information, the unit can continuously monitor and maintain the desired indoor temperature.
Basic WIFI thermostats cost about $20. An app allows you to access your home’s HVAC system remotely. There are also cutting-edge smart thermostats like Google Nest and Ecobee. These WIFI-enabled devices are self-taught and learn by example.
WIFI thermostats are powered by artificial intelligence. The self-learning function is based on a machine learning algorithm. A self-learning device will observe how you behave with the thermostat.
As the thermostat gets to know you, it learns your schedule, your preferred indoor temperature and how often you adjust it. Then, it tries to copy what you did so it can produce the same results.
Unlike the confusing programmable thermostats of yore, the latest smart devices make it easy to set up a schedule. You can instruct a smart thermostat to automatically switch to energy-saving mode when you go to sleep or leave for the day. Setting back the thermostat by 7° F to 10° F for eight hours per day can save 10 percent on annual heating and cooling costs.
Fun Bells and Whistles
The latest smart thermostats regulate indoor temperatures and monitor indoor humidity. They alert you to problems with your HVAC system. They generate monthly reports showing how often your HVAC runs. They share tips for saving more on energy costs.
WIFI thermostats remind you when it’s time for a filter change or a maintenance visit. They automatically switch to energy-saving mode when the house is empty, and they stay that way until someone comes home.
With the geofencing feature, you can place a virtual shield around your house. If the shield is crossed, the thermostat goes into energy-saving mode. Some smart thermostats can connect to programs that give your utility company access to your thermostat settings in exchange for discounts or incentives.
Want to learn more about WIFI thermostats? If you have questions, we can help. Call Oncourse Home Solutions or visit us online for quality HVAC products. We’re committed to your comfort.