In our last blog we talked about the benefits of adding a smart lock to your smart home automation system. For this post, we wanted to talk about the benefits of investing in a smart thermostat.
Similar to smart locks, smart thermostats can be controlled via an app from anywhere in the world that you have Internet access. For example, if you know you’re going to be traveling for 3 weeks in December, you’ll likely want to turn the temperature down before you leave. If, when you arrive at the airport, you’re not sure if you remembered to set a lower temperature for the time you’ll be gone, you can pull up the app to check (and turn the temperature down if you forgot to do it before you left the house.)
Are you not all that excited about returning to a chilly home? No problem. When your return flight lands, you can pull up the app and set your temperature to the desired setting. This will ensure your home is toasty when you walk through the front door.
Or, in contrast, if you plan to spend the day at the beach during the summer months, you can turn your AC up or down as needed while on the go. Do you like to set the temperature a bit warmer (or cooler) when you’re sleeping? If your smart home automation includes Google Home or Alexa, when you wake up in the morning, you can turn the temperature in your home up (or down) via simple voice request.
According to a press release from J.D. Power and Associates, the primary benefit of smart thermostats is convenience—63% of customers indicate they adjust their thermostat remotely—followed by 53% indicating automated temperatures when not home, and saving money on monthly heating/air conditioning costs, with 51% citing this as a benefit.
Smart thermostats can also be self-installed or installed by a professional.
While nearly two-thirds (64%) of customers installed the unit themselves vs. 36% who used a contractor/professional installer, the levels of overall satisfaction vary slightly between installation methods. For example, more than half (51%) of those who installed the smart thermostat themselves say it was easier than expected, while only 4% say it was more difficult than expected.
Are you thinking about investing in a smart thermostat? Do you want to know more about how to add that type of device to your smart home automation system? We can help. Call our office today to get started.