Of all the things we love about summer, sweltering temperatures probably don’t make the list. Sure, the warm is a nice change from a long grey winter, but extreme heat and humidity aren’t all that comfortable either. On top of that, keeping your home cool during a heat wave can cost a small fortune.
Recently, more and more homeowners and renters are installing smart thermostats in their homes to give them more options and versatility when it comes to regulating temperatures. There are plenty of smart thermostats on the market that can be controlled remotely from your phone or computer in order to regulate the temperature of your home — even when you’re nowhere near it. Additionally, there are some products that can learn your habits or adjust automatically to the surroundings.
Not only can these gadgets be practical in a variety of circumstances (e.g. you’re on vacation over the summer and forget to turn down the cooling) — they can also save you quite a bit of money on your electric bill if used properly. If you have central air, you probably know how much of a difference cooling makes on your energy bill. In a place like New Jersey, seasons with temperate weather tend to be the cheapest, in terms of energy consumption. During the sweltering summer days, things can get very spendy indeed. It’s estimated that running your central air for six hours a day will use about 900 kilowatts of energy per month. At the typical price of per kilowatt, that will cost you about $120 monthly.
On average, users of smart thermostats find that during summer months, they saved about 15% on the cost of what they typically would pay to cool their home. Energy bills vary drastically depending on your region, provider, and the size and insulation of your home — but for most users, smart thermostats generate savings of about $140 per year. Within two years of use, a smart thermostat usually pays for itself. Savings can be even higher for people who tend to be forgetful with their thermostat, and are prone to leaving the air conditioning on high all day, even when they’re at the office or out running errands.
If you think you would be a good candidate for a smart thermostat, you’ll want to find a trustworthy home automation specialist who can recommend the best product and configuration for your specific home and lifestyle. After the right technology is selected, home automation specialists can install your smart thermostat to make sure it’s properly functioning, so that you may fully enjoy all of its features. This is a great way to avoid frustration and get the most out of your smart thermostat (or other home automation features) from the beginning.
A specialist also gives you trusted advice on how to best take advantage of its features to save you money right away. Consider investing in a smart thermostat this summer so you can beat the heat without having to spend an arm and a leg.