From thermostats to kitchen appliances, home systems are getting smarter. But how do you know which smart products are actually worth it and which are just a fancy upgrade?
Most of us don’t think too much about the thermostat fixed to our wall. After all, it has been there forever and there really haven’t been a whole lot of alternative options. Until now.
Read on to discover why more and more homeowners are making the switch to smart thermostats and just what’s to gain in doing so.
How Does a Smart Thermostat Differ From My Basic Thermostat?
The old school thermostat installed in your home is likely a basic dial or touch screen that only has the basic functionality of manually raising or lowering the temperature. If you live in a newer home, your thermostat may enable you to set a temperature threshold and a schedule, but it probably doesn’t offer many other features beyond that.
Smart thermostats come with a ton of innovative features built-in including Remote temperature control, temperature scheduling, vacation mode, zoning, and energy charting.
Control Your Thermostat From Anywhere
Smart thermostats make it possible to remotely adjust your thermostat from anywhere with an internet connection. Whether you arrive at work and realize you forgot to turn down the heat, are out shopping and heard that a big storm is rolling in, or are feeling cold in the middle of the night and don’t want to get out of bed, this is no problem with a smart thermostat. Even if you are on vacation, you can put your mind at ease by checking your home’s heating remotely and quickly get back to relaxing. This ability to remotely control temperature is especially valuable to owners of rental units and second homes.
Whether you work a typical 9-5, night shifts, or a uniquely flexible schedule, smart thermostats make it possible to schedule and automate your indoor temperature to always be exactly right. When you install your smart thermostat, plan a few extra minutes to input your desired temperature day by day, or even hour by hour.
You might set a customized schedule to heat to a toasty 24°C (75°F) just before your alarm goes off in the morning, turn off completely when you leave for work, heat to 20°C (71°F) half an hour before you arrive back home, and cool off to a comfortable sleeping temperature of 15°C (60°F) at bedtime. Temperature for each day (and hour) can be set independently, automating those settings to perfectly fit your lifestyle. You also, of course, have the option to make adjustments on the fly when your schedule differs, and on particularly cold days.
Whether you are about to venture on a planned vacation or an impromptu day trip, smart thermostats make it easy to turn off all your home heating with one click. Simply access your thermostat from your smartphone app or computer and activate “vacation mode”. For most smart thermostats, this will instantly turn off the heat and override any schedule you may have set allowing you to maximize your savings while you are away. Simply turn it off to return to your previous schedule when you are back around!
Customizable Temperature Zoning
Basic thermostats can adjust the temperature, but when they do, they adjust it for the whole house or in some cases, just one room. Smart thermostats make it possible to group rooms together into zones, allowing you to adjust the temperature in multiple rooms at once.
For example, you might keep your bedroom and family room warmer, the baby’s room a few degrees cooler, and your home gym much cooler. Temperature zoning can be scheduled to your family’s unique preferences, or manually adjusted when you decide to throw a party and need certain rooms heated to a comfortable entertaining level.
A smart thermostat will give you the ability to know exactly how much energy you’re using to heat your home daily, weekly, monthly, and annually. Using these easy to read charts, you can identify which rooms are consuming the most heating energy and what times of day you heat the most. With this information, you can confidently make adjustments to reduce energy consumption, lower your electricity bill, and track your progress. Pro tip: You can use energy charting to identify rooms that need insulation upgrades by comparing their energy consumption to other rooms in your home.
The Benefits of Owning a Smart Thermostat
If you’re thinking about making just one upgrade to your home, make it a smart thermostat. The power of scheduling, remote temperature control, and zoning will save you time, money, and keep your home at the perfect temperature, no matter what the weather is doing outside.
Smart thermostat owners rave about the luxury of temperature automation, allowing them to set it once and then forget about it. You’ll never have to get up to turn the heat on when you’re cold again, or participate in an endless battle with family members over the “perfect” temperature. Your rooms will never again be too hot, too cold, or stuffy. Even if you deviate from your regular schedule to meet some friends for happy hour, or rush out for an emergency, you can always make quick temperature adjustments from anywhere.
Beyond the lifestyle benefits, a smart thermostat will also help you save energy and reduce your monthly electricity bill.
Save Money on Your Energy Bill
Simply monitoring your energy usage through the included energy charting feature makes it possible to identify where you can reduce energy consumption, make the adjustment, and instantly track the impact. In fact, homeowners that switch to a smart thermostat quickly notice that they can reduce heating costs by as much as 10% by simply reducing their home’s temperature by 7-10 °F during a typical 8-hour workday.
The average household dedicates about 60% of its total electricity bill to heating the home. Just by switching out a basic thermostat for a smart thermostat, homeowners will see an average of 10-15% savings on heating costs, which amounts to roughly $130/year depending on local electricity rates.
Given that we all have unique heat preferences, some homeowners may see much larger energy savings. You can calculate your projected savings from switching to a smart thermostat here.
At Mysa, we guarantee energy savings with every purchase. Try our smart thermostat for 100 days and if you don’t save money on your electricity bill, You can return your thermostat for free!
Thermostat Rebates are Available!
Because smart thermostats have such a great impact on energy savings, there are tons of utility rebates available. Rebates enable you to get new smart thermostats at a subsidized cost.
To learn more about rebates available in your area, contact your energy provider, your local municipality, and state government. To start your smart thermostat rebate search, check out Energy Star’s website.
How to Choose Your Smart Thermostat
Before you rush out to buy a smart thermostat, take the time to figure out the right one for your heating system. Most smart thermostats will only work with one type of heating system.
First, determine the type of heating system you have. Most smart thermostats are compatible with forced air, in-floor or baseboard heating. If your heating system is electric, determine if yours is high or low voltage. Finally, choose a thermostat that comes ready for your unique heating system. Pay attention to the power rating of your heating systems and ensure your thermostat will work with your existing set up. While some low voltage thermostats, like the Nest thermostat, can be configured for high voltage heating, it’s much easier to start with a smart thermostat designed for your high voltage baseboard heating system from the get-go.
Keep in mind that different smart thermostats come with different features and savings options too. The Mysa Smart Thermostat will save you up to 26% on your electricity bill and comes with a 100-day money-back guarantee.
A Smart Thermostat Is Worth It
Switching out your basic thermostat for a smart thermostat is an easy decision. You’ll save money and live more comfortably from day one. Furthermore, with more and more utility companies offering rebates and incentives for smart thermostats, the decision to own one may soon become a no brainer!
If you’re considering just one home upgrade this season, make it a smart thermostat!