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It seems everything is smart these days―from phones that do practically everything to stovetops that shut off automatically when not in use. So you’ve probably heard of smart thermostats that can help you save money by automatically regulating the temperatures in your home. But what makes a thermostat smart, and how can it help you?
Not all smart thermostats have the same capabilities, but here are four ways the smartest of them, like the Nest thermostat, can keep you comfortable and help you heat and cool your Princeton, NJ area home more efficiently.
What A Smart Thermostat Can Do
1. It can tell when you’re home, and when you’re not
You already know a smart thermostat can be set to waste less energy while you’re at work, then set to come on again just before you return home. But did you know that some thermostats have the ability to sense when you’re home and moving around and adjust themselves accordingly? If you’re home sick from work, you don’t want to get up because you’re feeling chilly with your thermostat stuck on its “work day” setting. Smart thermostats can tell that you’re home sleeping and change the temperature automatically to keep you comfortable.
2. It can show you your energy usage in real-time
Certain smart thermostats can link directly to your phone via Wi-Fi. Using an app, you can easily see how much energy (and money) your HVAC system is costing you each day, week or month, and adjust your settings accordingly. If you notice, for example, that 40% of your energy consumption occurs on the weekends, you can adjust the settings up or down a few degrees and work on keeping the temperature steady inside. Then, you can use your app to see if those steps improved your energy usage.
3. It can learn from you over time
Not all smart thermostats can “learn” from your habits. But learning thermostats can monitor your energy use, preferences (such as, how often you turn the temperature up or down), and movements around the house. Even if you’ve set your smart thermostat at what you think is the perfect temperature, it can adjust itself to a more efficient setting without you having to fine-tune it.
4. It can work with your other devices
Now that smart thermostats are commonplace, many new models, such as the Nest thermostat, are designed to interact directly with your other home devices, like Amazon’s Alexa or the Echo Dot. Instead of having to tell your thermostat you’ve got several guests and need the AC pumping, Alexa can communicate that message for you, instantly adjusting the temperature before you even have to ask. The Nest thermostat is even compatible with most heating and cooling systems for the ultimate in easy HVAC efficiency.
At Princeton Air, we can help you decide if a smart thermostat is right for you and which thermostat best complements your lifestyle. We’re proud to announce that we’re a Nest Elite Pro installer, so we can help you properly install any Nest product to ensure you get the most comfort and efficiency from your investment.