In October of 2011, Nest Labs introduced the Nest Learning Thermostat— the first smart thermostat of its kind.
Nest offered a sleek design for a digital thermostat with a digital touch screen. Essentially, it’s a digital programmable computer with a tiny learning brain that detects the behaviors in your home to regulate the amount of heat and air your home is using. It also was accompanied by an app for your smartphone or tablet.
Needless to say, Nest was a huge hit. So much so, that Google decided to buy the start-up in 2014 for a whopping 3.2 billion dollars. Might we add… in cash.
Since then, other brands have entered the market, such as Ecobee, Honeywell, Simple, and Hive. Smart digital thermostats are popping up in more and more homes and offices, and the benefits of digital thermostats are taking shape in users’ wallets and the environment.
Heating and cooling can contribute to almost 50% of your monthly energy costs.
According to Ecobee’s findings, “an ecobee smart thermostat can save a homeowner an average of 23% on those costs.”
Smart thermostats cut back on the amount of heat and air your home or office uses by learning the daily behaviors of those who inhabit it. This, in turn, cuts back on your heating and air bill.
A smart thermostat saves you money by learning your behaviors. Basically, this means when you are not home, it turns itself down and adjusts itself. Though this can also be achieved with programmable thermostats, smart thermostats are a bit different because they learn about your home and determine how it uniquely cools and heats your own home. No two homes are the same.
According to Energy Vanguard, in homes where its programmable thermostat was replaced with smart thermostats, savings were twice as high than compared to a non-programmable thermostat.
That’s right, many utility companies offer rebates and deductions for owning and using a smart thermostat in your home or work space. Here in Georgia, Nest and GA Power have teamed up using the Ga Power Rush Hour Rewards Program. As more consumers dive into this technology and utilize digital thermostats, utility companies will continue to add to and offer these programs nationwide.
Smart thermostats come accompanied with a digital control panel and a compatible app for your smartphone or tablet that are easy to control and maintain. You can even change the temperature of your home while at work, in the car, or in an entirely different location or city.
Smart thermostats regulate, maintain, and detect temperatures far better than traditional thermostats. A smart thermostat knows the most optimal times of day to run and to be idle. Detecting the correct wanted temperature at a quicker pace alleviates the constant blowing of air and uncomfortable cool or hot spots in your home or office.
There is nothing worse than leaving your home for an extended period of time and forgetting to lower the heat or air accordingly. An empty house blowing air conditioning or heat for hours or days on end can rack up a unsettling and hefty energy bill. Smart thermostats eliminate this problem by allowing yourself access to your thermostat through the companion app anytime/anywhere. This control over your home or office will give you assurance and relaxation while away on business, vacation or even a long day.
Smart thermostats save energy, money, and help make a considerably smaller carbon footprint for your HVAC and furnace. But installing them should be handled by a professional technician. There are important steps that need to be taken before, during and after the installation to ensure the safety of your equipment, home and loved ones.
At Fritts Heat and Air, we are trained in the installation of any and all digital and smart thermostat available. If you are planning on purchasing a smart thermostat or have received one during the holidays, take the needed precautions by hiring Fritts Heat and Air to do the install and setup for you.
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