Smart thermostats are one of the most convenient and accessible ways to get familiar with the benefits of Wi-Fi-enabled appliances. They’re also a great way for you to take control of your home’s comfort and energy costs!
Smart thermostats have both active and passive capabilities that make your home more energy efficient, as well as features that give you more convenience and control. Because they connect to Wi-Fi, they can access all sorts of information, make data-drive adjustments, and be controlled from anywhere with a smart phone or device.
They will even sync with other smart devices in your home for even more control! Plus, most smart thermostats have a slick design that adds a modern touch to your home’s décor.
Here are just some of the energy-saving features you can take advantage of:
- Schedule temperature changes in advance if you’re going to be on vacation or away from your home for a while
- Use your phone or smart device to adjust the thermostat’s temperature from anywhere you have an internet connection
- Program a set schedule that the smart thermostat will follow, adjusting the temperature according to your preferred settings
- Forget about having to adjust the thermostat when you leave the house—smart thermostats are able to recognize when you’re gone and can adjust the thermostat for you
Best of all, certain smart thermostats will begin to learn your preferences and routines over time. Eventually, these learning thermostats won’t need to be pre-programmed or adjusted daily. By monitoring your routine, they’ll make changes on their own according to what you like.
What does this all add up to for you? Energy savings and increased comfort! These smart features help reduce your energy costs by not wasting energy heating up or cooling off your home when you’re not there.
Plus, smart thermostats can also identify potential issues with your HVAC system. By monitoring performance, they’ll notify you of any problems and let you know maintenance is needed before any serious damage occurs. They’ll even give you monthly energy reports to help you track your energy-saving progress.
Not all smart thermostats are created equal, however. You’ll want to make sure you’re choosing an ENERGY STAR® certified smart thermostat, which means that the thermostat has been shown to deliver energy savings, reliable performance, and environmental benefits, as well as convenience, insight and control into your home’s energy use.
Basically, an ENERGY STAR certification is a stamp of approval, so you can rest assured knowing you’re getting a trustworthy product designed to help you save energy and money.
Also, you’ll want to be sure that the smart thermostat you’re choosing is compatible with your home’s heating and cooling system. When purchasing from the EnergyWise Savings Store, you’ll find a Check Compatibility button next to all the smart thermostats that helps you determine whether your choice is compatible.
For a limited time, you can get a $50 instant rebate from Dominion Energy on smart thermostats! Head over to our marketplace to find the best fit for your home.