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As smart devices make there way into every aspect of our daily life, one of the most popular devices for the home is the smart thermostat. Brands like Honeywell, Nest and Ecobee all promise ease of use and automated control over the climate in our homes. They also have the potential to increase efficiency and energy savings by learning when to heat and cool automatically based on household routines.

How much do smart thermostats save?

So how much many can you actually save with a smart thermostat, and are they worth the price premium over a conventional digital thermostat? A study by Nest® and two independent researchers found that customers saved an average of 10 to 20 percent on heating and 15 percent on air conditioning costs.

Because much of the savings from a programmable thermostat depends on the homeowner programming the unit to operate at the right time of day, they are prone to not being used at the optimum settings, either because they are to complicated to program or schedules that change to often, leading to settings being manually overridden.

Smart thermostats, on the other hand, make it more likely that the unit will operate at peak efficiency by automatically learning the household routine. For example, turning up the air conditioning when the home is unoccupied, then turning it back down when it detects that the home is occupied. Additionally, many models offer smart phone integration, humidity control and detailed power consumption reports and money-saving suggestions.

Have questions about setting up your smart thermostat to work with your home's heating and cooling system? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we're here to help.
Learning Thermostats, or smart thermostats, have been around for a while now, and they keep getting smarter. Here are some of the features you will find that can help keep your home more comfortable while also reducing your energy usage.
  1. Learns your routine. Built-in sensors track activity in the home and use algorithms a custom, auto-adjusting temperature schedule based on those movements in the home. If you turn down the heat before bed, the thermostat learns this routine.
  2. It knows when you're away. Using your smartphone's location and sensors in the home, a learning thermostat can switch to economy mode to save energy.
  3. Tracks energy usage. Knowing your energy usage history can help you better manage your heating and cooling schedule and save on your utility bill.
  4. Early warning of an emergency. If the temperature drops unexpectedly when it's below freezing because your furnace is not working, you will be warned before pipes freeze and your home is damaged.
Upgrading to a learning thermostat is easy, and can make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.


As the brains behind a home's cooling system continue to get smarter and smarter you'll find plenty of hi-tech features available with today's smart thermostats. Whether your a tech geek who wants complete control, or you just want to set it and forget it, there's a thermostat for every need.

Wi-Fi® Remote Access

With Wi-Fi enabled remote access and via the internet you can take control of home comfort from your Apple® and Android™ smartphone or tablet.

Advanced Comfort Management

The most advanced thermostats will tell you when you should replace your filter, provide system diagnostics so you can monitor airflow and humidity and display local weather 5-day forecast and system maintenance reminders.

Energy-Use Reporting

The old saying "what can't be measured can't be improved" is also true with home comfort systems. With real time energy-use tracking capability and system management you can find the right balance of comfort and energy savings.


Zoning

Zoning allow you to fine tune which areas of your home are receiving conditioned air at any given time. With up to 8-zone capability with custom naming, you can keep the occupied areas of the home comfortable while saving energy.

Time to upgrade your home's thermostat? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we're here to help.

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