Home automation systems offer a wide variety of features designed to make your life easier, including a Smart Thermostat. Not only does this offer you absolute control over the environment of your home, but it also tracks your energy consumption. In this way, you can reduce your energy usage and save money on your utility bills. Smart thermostats can even be combined with your home or office security system and your automated lighting system, offering you complete control over the security and environment of your space, all from a convenient mobile app.
Designed to optimize energy usage without affecting comfort, smart thermostats can be used in conjunction with other home automation features to customize the environment in your home or office. With app-based control, you can switch between “home” and “away” settings to reduce your energy usage while your home or office is empty and to ensure your space maintains optimal “room temperature” while you are there. Not only does this convenient feature ensure your space is always at a comfortable temperature, but utilizing energy-saving strategies and a smart thermostat can even save you up to 30 percent on your heating and air conditioning bills.
Smart thermostats have been embraced by homeowners and businesses alike, as it can help save you money on utility bills while also reducing your carbon footprint. Here are six ways a smart thermostat can help reduce your energy consumption:
Designed with cutting-edge connectivity features, smart thermostats can be coordinated with your security system and Geo-services. For offices, you can program your thermostat to automatically dial down to an energy-saving temperature when everyone has left, ensuring you are not heating or cooling an office that is unoccupied. Once employees begin to arrive in the morning, it will automatically recalibrate and heat or cool your office to your custom optimal temperature. In this way, you do not have to pay to optimize the temperature of an empty office, saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint.
Rather than automating your thermostat completely, you can also take advantage of its built-in responsive settings. The thermostat will monitor indoor and outdoor conditions and temperatures and automatically adjust the heating or cooling system to accommodate the daily weather. For the in-between seasons like spring and fall, this will prevent you from having to switch back and forth between heating your office on brisk days and cooling your office when it warms up. This process often wastes a great deal of energy, as you are constantly heating or cooling, rather than maintaining a consistent temperature. The responsive settings remove the need to keep adjusting the thermostat, saving you time and cutting down on unnecessary energy consumption.
For unmatched convenience, smart thermostats offer mobile app-based control through your computer, cell phone, or tablet. You can effectively track and measure your energy consumption in your home or office. With consistent tracking, you will have enough data to make calculated decisions based on your energy consumption. Once you identify where, when, and how you are using energy, you can take measures to reduce your usage without compromising your work environment.
Similar to its responsive settings, smart thermostats also offer triggered automation, which allows you to customize your thermostat and lighting system to make changes based on various activities or events in your home or office. For example, you can program a lobby or entrance light to turn on when the front door is opened. This ensures that the area is well-lit when people are around, and turns the light off when it’s unoccupied. You can also program the thermostat to reduce heating or air conditioning once your security system is armed, so you are not wasting energy to optimize the temperature of an empty office. These will help you save money and reduce your energy usage without affecting the day-to-day comfort of your employees or family.
Smart thermostats can be paired with your security system for even more convenience and control. If your business uses motion sensors, door and window locks, and other security features, your thermostat can measure real-time activity and use them to make changes to the environment. If your security system detects that a door or window has been left open in the summer, your thermostat will adjust so it does not burn through energy while attempting to cool the room down. This offers optimal comfort while also conserving energy.
Your Smart Thermostat can also be paired with an intelligent lighting system, offering you absolute control over your lighting. For homes and offices alike, you can program your lighting to turn off when you are not there, reducing the amount of energy wasted by lighting an empty room. You can also customize your lights with a timer that controls when they turn on, which is great for making it look like your home is occupied while on vacation. These features offer exceptional security while also enhancing the comfort of your home and reducing the amount of energy wasted. Your thermostat and lighting systems can be customized so they work on a similar schedule, or you can control both systems remotely through the app on your mobile device.