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Blogs from December, 2019

The Nest is a popular smart home thermostat.

From the moment central heating and cooling became possible, there came a need to control when the system turns on and off automatically. The invention of the thermostat made this possible: by setting a temperature goal, this simple wall-mounted device became capable of turning your HVAC equipment on and off as needed. However, today’s technology has almost completely reinvented this device with new features and capabilities that are designed for our modern home. That’s why we’ve even given these thermostats a new name: smart thermostats.

Smart thermostats are different from any previous thermostat in that they don’t simply follow a predetermined program or use a simple mechanical device to just turn a system on and off—they can make decisions for themselves, turn on and off according to your temperature goals, and even save you energy by taking advantage of conditions in your home. As a result, you save money and enjoy a more effective heating and cooling system that keeps your home more comfortable than ever before.

Here are the top five reasons to make the investment in a smart thermostat.

#1: They’re One of the Best Dollar-For-Dollar Investments You Can Make

Smart thermostats are an extremely affordable upgrade. Whereas a new air conditioner and heater may cost you several thousand dollars, a smart thermostat will generally cost anywhere from around $100 to around $500 or $600 depending on the model you get. This makes them generally affordable on nearly any budget. However, the amount of money they can save is no small amount—some estimate that you could see a 10 to 12 percent savings on heating costs and 15 percent savings on cooling throughout the year. For the average person, that’s a savings of nearly $150 per year. If you purchase a $300 smart thermostat, the savings alone recoup the cost of the unit in as little as two years!

#2: They Save Energy

Smart thermostats have a simple goal: save you energy. There are plenty of reasons to do this—saving energy saves you money, saves the environment, and keeps your air conditioner and heater working better for longer. With shorter cycle times and fewer cycles needed per day, you’ll see a tremendous increase in your HVAC system’s lifespan, and that can save you even more money in the long run by getting you more value from your heating and cooling system!

#3: They Give You Control from Anywhere

How many times have you left for work only to realize when you’re halfway there that you forgot to turn off the air conditioner for the day or turn the heater up so you aren’t racking up a huge bill when nobody is home? Happens all the time, right? Well with a smart thermostat, you won’t have to worry about it anymore. Smart thermostats are Wi-Fi connected, meaning they seamlessly integrate into the wireless network in your home. Using the power of the internet, you can adjust temperatures, turn your system on and off, and even see usage statistics right from a smartphone app or even a desktop app online. You’ll have 24/7 control over your HVAC equipment, even from halfway around the world!

Some smart thermostats even give you an added degree of flexibility by connecting to your smart home assistant, such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa. Using the power of your voice, you can turn your system on and off, adjust your temperature, and so much more without ever having to go to the thermostat to make the adjustment yourself.

#4: They Sense Multiple Locations in Your Home

Some smart thermostat models are designed with external sensors in mind. These sensors are placed in rooms throughout your home and feed additional climate data to your smart thermostat in order to help it heat and cool your home more efficiently. These external sensors are also Wi-Fi enabled and generally extremely easy to

#5: They Can Alert You When Your System Needs to be Serviced

There aren’t many things more frustrating for a homeowner than a heating and cooling system that gives out on you. However, many heating and cooling problems could actually be prevented with just a little bit of proactivity. While regular maintenance will still go a long way, a smart thermostat is another great way of being able to identify potential problems before they get out of hand. Many smart thermostats can actually identify when your system isn’t performing up to its potential and notify you that you may have a problem that needs to be repaired!

Whether you choose any of these five reasons or any other reason of your own, let the pros from Moe Plumbing install your smart thermostat! Give us a call at (818) 396-8002 today to request an estimate or schedule your service.