Our home comfort systems have been evolving for years and it’s no surprise that thermostats have been evolving right along with them. Smart thermostats have become something much more than just a way to control your home’s heating and cooling systems. September 2016’s Plumbing & HVAC magazine explores how thermostats, like the Nest and Ecobee, are transforming the way homes use energy. In the article, “Smart Thermostats Offer Opportunities,” author Bruce Nagy explores the many benefits a smart thermostat can bring to your home.
Back in 2015, smart thermostat installations in residential homes exploded, becoming one of the most sought after home comfort upgrades. HVAC companies have seen a huge rise in business thanks to smart thermostats too, as most homeowners opt to hire a professional to wire up the new controller properly. And with professional service comes the benefit of additional warranty, from 2 years to as much as 5 years of coverage. Local gas utilities are even jumping on board, with providers like Enbridge giving customers a $100 rebate on their new thermostat.
So why is there so much excitement for the Nest and Ecobee? Nest (by Google) and Ecobee (by Apple) have enhanced the features they offer to a whole new level with smartphone synchronization along with learning living patterns.
Nagy explains, “The Nest thermostat uses a combination of motion detectors, geofencing (GPS location) among phone-owning occupants and a learning algorithm to determine when a dwelling is empty and when occupants are likely to return. It then programs the cooling and heating schedule to optimize energy use and comfort according to daily load patterns.” This sort of tracking technology is especially useful for minimizing excess energy use, allowing homeowners to save an average of around 8%-15%. Nagy equates that this means, in general, that the extra cost you’d spend on the device actually pays itself back in about two years.
And this sort of monitor-tech isn’t just exclusive to the Nest. Ecobee parallels this sensory ability, also learning your lifestyle and activity. It senses when someone is home and which rooms are occupied. It then delivers comfort in those rooms only, keeping your other rooms in energy-saving optimum mode. The Ecobee will intuitively know when to turn on your HVAC equipment to heat or cool your home depending on your home’s unique energy profile and the weather that day, keeping your comfort at the foremost importance.
The greatest benefit of the smart thermostat is by far the ability to optimize your HVAC’s schedule and save you money on utility bills. But the future is here with even more exciting advancements being made to the technology. Your thermostat will now be able to provide you with information about your home’s carbon monoxide detector, and run other detections and diagnostics you may find valuable. You’ll be able to link your smart thermostat with all of your home technology that is Wi-Fi connected, allowing simple accessibility and seamless integration.
A1 Air Conditioning & Heating is proud to carry both the Nest and Ecobee thermostats to fit our customers’ needs. Our professionals are fully trained in installation and can even help guide you through the setup of your new smart thermostat to upgrade your home comfort.
As “Smart Thermostats Offer Opportunities” states, “The smart and connected home is growing really fast and it’s not a fad…It’s only going to get bigger.”
Contact A1 today for more information about smart thermostats and how to get your home on board today!