Are your high electric bills getting you down in the dog days of summer? At AxsomAir, we can’t do anything about our high heat or humidity—it’s just part of life here in Louisiana. However, we are in the business of helping homeowners save money with energy-efficient upgrades and improvements to their home. If you’re just setting out on the road to making your home more efficient, a smart thermostat is a great place to start. In this article, we’ll review what they are, how they work, and why you should call us for professional installation here in Natchitoches.
What is a smart thermostat, anyway?
A “smart” thermostat is an upgraded version of the manual, dial-driven thermostat that many American homeowners have used for decades to control the temperature in their home. These thermostats have computers in them which allow them to collect temperature and humidity data, store a programmable schedule, and make fine-tuned adjustments to indoor comfort.
The main feature that distinguishes a “smart” thermostat from one that is, well, not so smart, is the ability to program automated temperature changes. For example, a homeowner who works an 8-hour day can set their thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature from 77 to 83 when they leave, and then have the thermostat cool things back down to 77 about thirty minutes before they arrive home.
This allows the homeowner to save energy during the day without sacrificing any comfort or having to remember to manually adjust the dial (which many of us forget to do on a regular basis!)
Why upgrade to a new thermostat?
Efficiency, comfort, and control. A new smart thermostat gives homeowners all three of these things. Here’s how:
Cut your energy costs
Over the coming years, a newly installed smart thermostat will save your home hundreds on your energy bills. That may not seem like much, but most of these thermostats retail for about $150-$300, which means that the new system will eventually pay for itself and then some. Add in the comfort and control these units give you, and a smart thermostat is a no-brainer.
While they’re effective at saving you money on their own, a smart thermostat fits especially well as part of an overall strategy to make your home more energy efficient, which might include replacing your old air conditioner with an energy-efficient model and having an HVAC professional install new attic insulation. Talk to the HVAC experts here at AxsomAir for more tips and ideas for boosting your home’s energy efficiency.
Improve the comfort of your home
Your indoor comfort matters—it’s the entire reason you have cooling and heating systems in the first place! Smart thermostats allow you to customize the comfort of your home like never before. If you and your family cook dinner together every weeknight at 6 p.m., you can set the thermostat to cool down your home starting at 5:30 p.m., so you can make lasagna without sweating up a storm. Or, if you leave for work at 8 a.m. on Tuesdays, have the AC take a break until you get home at 6 p.m.—this will help you save energy.
No matter what your individual comfort and humidity preferences are, your new smart thermostat can work around your life and your schedule.
Control your cooling and heating—from anywhere!
There are a wide variety of these thermostats on the market, and each has different features and selling points over its competitors. However, one of the most popular features that most smart thermostats share is an internet connection to a mobile app. This allows homeowners to control their thermostat when they are not at home. The convenience and control this offers is unparalleled. On vacation, but forgot that the dog sitter is coming over at 3 p.m.? Use your smartphone to turn down the thermostat so that she can be comfortable.
Many of these thermostats are also now compatible with voice-activated technology. For everyone from busy home cooks to overwhelmed parents, the ability to tell a smart speaker to turn down the AC from the kitchen is one of those small added conveniences that makes the whole evening run more smoothly.
Call AxsomAir for your thermostat installation needs
Before you purchase a new smart thermostat, talk to our team here at AxsomAir. Not every thermostat works with every type of HVAC system or your home’s pre-existing thermostat wiring. Our technicians can advise you on which thermostats are compatible, or change your wiring to make it compatible with the thermostat you’d like to buy.
If you’re not sure how to go about swapping out your older thermostat for a new model, we can help with that, too. Our expert techs can professionally install your thermostat and ensure that it is working in perfect tandem with your home’s cooling and heating systems. For all your thermostat installation needs here in Natchitoches, call your friends at AxsomAir. We’re ready to help you and your home start saving money!