Should I Buy a Smart Thermostat?

Smart home automation is all the rage, but does it actually add value to your home? Ultimately, it really depends on your needs and specific use cases. For example, a smart thermostat is considered by many to be the perfect solution to your heating and cooling needs because it can be programmed from your phone or voice assistant and offer automation and learning features that take the guesswork out of setting your home’s heating and cooling temperature.

A smart thermostat is compatible with your HVAC system

Thermostats that can be programmed through a phone or voice assistant may be the right purchase for busy professionals that want to automate their home heating and cooling as much as possible. However, for many homeowners, a smart thermostat is a waste of money because even the least expensive programmable thermostats will adjust your home’s temperature per your settings if you have taken the few extra minutes needed to create a schedule.

For example, if you want your home’s temperature to be 66 degrees at 6 PM before increasing to 70 degrees at 11 PM, all you need to do is create a schedule that is automatically saved in your thermostat.

Smart Thermostat Costs

Generally speaking, smart home thermostats run into the low hundreds to several hundreds of dollars and don’t result in significant savings for your energy bills that would help offset that cost. Similar to the newest model phone or video game system, smart home thermostats look and sound awesome, but the technology is likely already offered on a substantially cheaper option if you’re willing to do a little more work.

With that said, many states offer rebates for the purchase of a smart thermostat that is compatible with your HVAC system. Check with your energy provider or your local government’s website to obtain information and learn if you qualify for these savings. Additionally, smart thermostats may offer the ability to program them in a way that best saves you money on your utility bill. Buying the latest and greatest technology isn’t always the solution, and a smart thermostat may offer advantages to some while being a cost prohibitor to others.

To learn more information and decide if a smart thermostat is right for you, let the team at Preferred Air in Phoenix assist. With more than 50 years of experience, we know how to make our customers happy the first time we visit. Give us a call today to learn more.