A smart thermostat is a new and easy way to control the temperature in your Palm Desert, California, home. This hi-tech gadget can be operated using the touchscreen or from any device connected to the internet. A smart thermostat can save money when you set a program, look for rebates, watch for alerts, control your home by zone, and enable its learning features.
Set a Program
A smart thermostat is programmable so you can set it and forget it. However, if the day turns out to be warmer or cooler than expected, simply access the program via your phone or computer and adjust as needed. Precise temperature control and 24/7 access from anywhere help you save money throughout the year.
Save up to 10 percent on heating and cooling costs per year when you set a daily program for each season. While you can normally set your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit while you’re home in the winter and need the heat, you should program it to 7-10 degrees cooler while you’re away and even while you’re sleeping.
The same applies when it’s summer. You can have your thermostat set to 78 degrees while you’re home, but if you program the thermostat’s setting for 7-10 degrees warmer while you’re away, you’re saving some serious energy and cash. And don’t worry — programmable smart thermostats can return the temperature of your home to a more comfortable level before you return.
Look for Rebates
Some utility companies offer rebates when you buy a smart thermostat. They provide these rebates as an incentive for homeowners to upgrade to products that are more energy efficient. Cash-back rebates can help to offset the cost of the product and installation, so be sure to check with your provider for extra savings.
Watch for Alerts
A thermostat enabled with Wi-Fi can also provide alerts when your HVAC system needs service. Timely maintenance can help you catch and address problems quickly. This alert system can prevent an emergency and the high costs associated with emergency repairs.
You may also want to consider joining one of the Comfort Club HVAC Maintenance Plans that we offer to all our customers. Our affordable maintenance agreements include comprehensive pre-season tune-ups for your HVAC equipment, service discounts, and more. We aim to optimize your system’s efficiency and to help you avoid costly emergencies, which can result in lower energy bills each season.
Control by Zone
Smart thermostats allow for zoned cooling and heating, which means you can precisely control different areas or rooms of your home. For example, you may want to keep your bedrooms cooler at night than your living space. Multiple units can be programmed according to your schedule. Zoned controls help to save you money since you won’t be wasting energy cooling spaces that aren’t occupied.
Enable Learning Features
A smart thermostat is called smart because it can learn your behaviors to help you program the schedule that saves the most energy and the most money. By using your device and setting up certain capabilities, the thermostat knows when you’re home and when you’re away and can learn your preferences. Over time, it can give you suggestions for optimizing your schedule, so be sure to enable all the necessary learning features from the beginning.
How Much Money Can I Save with a Smart Thermostat?
Studies have shown an average savings of 10 to 12 percent on heating and 15 percent on cooling per year in homes with smart thermostats. These savings add up over time and help to offset installation costs. The amount of money you’ll save by switching to a smart thermostat depends on several factors. Your current energy usage, utility costs, local climate, and more affect how much money you save after installing a new smart thermostat.
Please give us a call to learn more about how you and your home can benefit by installing a smart thermostat. We’re happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Contact our Palm Desert Air Conditioning and Heating Co. service technicians at 760-610-0297 today.
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