More and more consumers like the convenience of smart home appliances, which allow them to save energy costs and they can customize according to their preferences. Recent surveys have shown that many consumers have a lot of interest in buying smart home controls, yet most of them have not installed them. However, in 2016, smart thermostats outsold traditional ones. 1
An HVAC technician can help their clients make the right purchase for their home or business by familiarizing themselves with this increasingly popular HVAC feature.
Here are the many benefits of smart thermostats:
- Save money: The initial cost of a smart thermostat may be higher, but they typically pay for themselves after two years due to the energy savings they incur averaging about $145 per year. The bigger the building, the larger the savings usually are. A smart thermostat ensures that consumers don’t unnecessarily waste energy on cooling or heating.
- Adjust temperature from anywhere: Since smart thermostats can be controlled via an app on a smartphone or tablet. Consumers can adjust the temperature in their homes from anywhere so consumers can save energy when they are not home.
- Customize heating/cooling: Smart thermometers let you customize heating and cooling in each room. For instance, when a room has high ceilings or drafty windows, it may need a higher temperature than the rest of the house. Moreover, many smart thermometers have sensors that track which rooms you use the most and make sure to heat/cool these. They also turn off any heating or cooling when nobody is at home.
- Keep track of data: Consumers can find out how usage the HVAC systems have and where they can save money, smart thermostats come with apps that store all your information. Consumers can check your data anytime and compare it to past energy usage.
- Rebate from utility company: In many cities, the utility company gives a rebate to homeowners who have installed a smart thermostat. Consumers can check with their utility companies.
- Upgrade home: Modern upgrades such as installing smart home technology can increase the value of your home significantly. Studies have shown that homebuyers are ready to pay more for a home outfitted with smart technology. 2 3
Homeowners are not the only ones who are attracted to smart technology. Smart controls are becoming an essential part of commercial building, too. HVAC technicians who keep abreast of this rapidly growing field may have plenty of opportunities to assist their customers in the near future.
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1 – http://www.achrnews.com/articles/135162-homeowners-are-ready-for-smart-thermostats
2 – http://smartthermostatguide.com/8-smart-thermostat-advantages/
3 – https://smarthomesolver.com/reviews/smart-thermostat-pros-and-cons/