Wi-Fi control is now available for so many features of a home. People can control multiple aspects of their home through their iPhone helping them to maintain a higher level of comfort. Smart technology for any part of your home will cost more, but often times the higher price is worth it when the benefits are high. Wi-Fi thermostats for your home’s heating and cooling system will not only provide benefits in comfort, but it can also help to reduce energy costs. The question, however, is if a Wi-Fi thermostat does the amount of money you save make it worth the investment?
The greatest advantage of a Wi-Fi thermostat is the convenient ability to adjust the temperature on your thermostat from wherever you may be. With a Wi-Fi thermostat, the temperature of your home can be adjusted, controlled and monitored from an app on your smartphone allowing you to better control the amount your system is running without sacrificing comfort. A Wi-Fi thermostat can also remind you when maintenance is due or needed, such as changing an air filter.
While the biggest draw for a Wi-Fi thermostat is the ability to cool your home before you come home or turn the heat up while you’re at work if there is a sudden drop in temperatures, manufacturers claim that a Wi-Fi thermostat can also help you save money by reducing energy costs. Wi-Fi thermostats are more expensive than their traditional programmable counterparts, however if the amount of savings in energy bills is significant, the higher price tag is worth it.
According to Energy Star, a programmable thermostat can save approximately $180 each year in energy costs. Manufacturers of Wi-Fi thermostats estimate that customers could save anywhere from 10 to 23 percent in heating and cooling costs. The savings in energy bills could make up for the cost of the thermostat in 1 to 3 years. On average it has been found that people see closer to 10% savings on their energy costs, but it is dependent on usability and usage. A Wi-Fi thermostat that is easier to use and more intuitive will make it easier for effectiveness and efficiency.
It is important to remember that the actual amount in energy savings will vary based on factors such as local weather of the area you live in, size of your home, quality of insulation, your ideal temperature settings, and even the amount of time you are not home. Savings in energy greatly come from the amount of time you turn your system off – ideally when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping. The key is to run it when you need it (when you are home) with some extra time to make sure it reaches the right temperature before you get there.
Precision Air provides complete HVAC services for Las Vegas and surrounding areas. We specialize in ensuring that your heating and cooling systems are performing efficiently. We also offer Wi-Fi thermostats that will keep you comfortable and help you save money. Contact us today at (702) 546-9825 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
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