Believe it or not we think it is possible to fall in love with your smart devices. Why? As life gets super busy even performing menial tasks can become tedious work. Would it not be just infinitely more convenient if you had a smart device that could do all the work for you and adjust itself on its own according to your needs? Well, you can thank yourself that you are lucky enough to live in the 21st century because technology and AI have become advanced enough to create all sorts of smart inventions.
The internet of things (IoT) has been a real game-changer. What is the internet of things you ask? In very simple terms IoT refers to devices that are connected to the internet and are able to collect and share real-time data with a network of other devices to help serve your needs.
Smart thermostats are one such example of an IoT device that can be used in the home for a more comfortable life. Now you must be wondering “what are the benefits of using a smart thermostat?” so while there are many models to choose from you should first consider why you may want to consider purchasing one in the first place. This is why we are here to help you make your decision with a list of the advantages that a smart thermostat can offer:
1. Lower Your Bills
In the summers you can expect a rise in the cooling bill and in the winters your heating bill can make a serious dent in your pocket. If only you could use a more energy-efficient thermostat such as a smart thermostat you could improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling. In turn, you could then expect to receive a lowered electric bill. Sounds awesome right? Let us give you some concrete examples: did you know that the Nest thermostat can actually reduce your electricity bill by approximately 10-12% in the winters and by about 15% in the summers. If that does not sound like a sweet deal then I don’t know what is!
2. Control from the Convenience of Your Phone
What is the one device that we always have on us? Our smartphones. Smartphones can do almost anything and now they can even act as a remote to control your smart thermostat. How? It is quite simple. Once you buy a smart thermostat it will have a partner app that can be downloaded onto your smartphone with Hargray internet. Using this app you can then turn on/off your device or change the temperature according to your needs.
This is especially handy when you are at work or on vacation. You might have traveled to Australia for the summers while it’s freezing wherever you are. Perhaps there has been a sudden unexpected snowstorm and you need to raise the heating in your house to make sure the pipes do not burst. Instead of stressing about how your friend will get to your home to adjust the heating, you can simply use your smart thermostat and phone to adjust the temperature.
3. Create a Temperature Schedule
You are used to scheduling things like meetings and appointments, but now you can even schedule your temperature settings! Thanks to your smartphone you can use the thermostat’s app to set up a heating or cooling schedule that will best suit your needs for the rest of the week.
In fact, if you are lucky enough to be able to purchase one of the more high-end smart thermostats then you might not even need to set a schedule at all. How come? Well, many top-notch smart thermostats will pick up on the settings you use for a week and then automatically develop a temperature schedule that suits your needs.
4. Movement Sensors
Some smart thermostats even come with built-in movement sensors which means your smart thermostat can pick up when you or your partner and kids are in the house. Using this information your smart thermostat can then customize its temperature setting. This overall data can then also feed into the weekly temperature scheduling.
5. Track the Energy You Utilization
With smart thermostats you can view your energy consumption patterns all detailed for you in one report. Through this report you can then view trends in your energy usage and how your energy usage varies over time. This can help give you estimates of your energy bill as well as analyze the data to give your advice and tips about how you can improve your energy consumption.
6. Voice Commands
Now when you are finally home you can jump onto your bed and not look back when it comes to adjusting the temperature in the house. Why? Well, smart thermostats can be controlled via voice if you have a supported smart speaker such as Amazon’s Alexa. So if you just got home from work and want to raise the heating temperature you can just ask Alexa to do it for you.
7. Weather-Based adjustments
If you think smart thermostats could not get any more efficient or cooler then you are in for a surprise. Did you know that smart thermostats can even check the local weather and then use this data to make adjustments to your home’s temperature. So when the weather starts getting a little too chilly or when it starts getting a bit too hot your smart thermostat will be one step ahead of you in making sure you are in an optimal temperature home.
All in All
Smart thermostats can prove to be an extremely handy device that allows for savings and great convenience. Now you do not need to worry about constantly adjusting the temperature or snuggling into bed only to realize you need to change the thermostat. From the convenience of your smartphone which acts as a thermostat remote and with the help of smart thermostat scheduling you can sit back and relax.