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How Smart Wi-Fi Thermostats Save You Money

Nobody wants to spend more money on their home heating and cooling than they have to. It’s one of the highest ongoing expenses in your home, but that doesn’t mean you have to be happy with how much you’re paying right now.

Any home can benefit from smart thermostat installation. These thermostats work to keep cooling costs down while you work, sleep, watch the game, eat your dinner, and more. It reduces the decisions you need to make on an ongoing basis surrounding your home cooling.

You can start optimizing your home’s cooling costs right now. With a smart thermostat, saving money is as hands-off as it gets. Your old thermostat has been reliable, so let’s explain why it’s time to replace it anyway in the name of saving money and strain on your air conditioning system.

Smart Thermostats Learn Your Cooling Preferences

Right now, you have to set your thermostat based on how you feel at the present moment, or maybe you turn on the heat preemptively when a cold front is headed your way. This can waste a considerable amount of power if you don’t have a smart thermostat.

Your smart thermostat learns what temperatures you like after collecting a little bit of data (you toying with the dial as you see fit), and begins to take over. It will automatically set the temperature to what you deem comfortable, based on your previous inputs.

That means when it starts getting too chilly, it flips the heat on to keep it at your comfortable range. The same goes for cooling during the summer.

Your Air Conditioner Goes Through Less Wear and Tear

You’re ready for bed, and you know it’s going to be hot tomorrow morning. So you set your thermostat to a colder temperature, hit the hay, and wake up to a frigid house. That may feel like it’s the right move, but it’s more strain on your air conditioner than necessary.

A 1-2 degree difference doesn’t feel massive to you, but it reflects on your cooling costs in a big way. Because temperature changes are on a curve and not a linear path (it’s not suddenly 70° F at 8:00 AM, it ebbs and flows), it would be more beneficial to adjust the desired temperature in accordance with these changes rather than just set it to one temperature and leave it alone all night.

Your smart thermostat does that for you while you sleep. This means your air conditioner isn’t working overtime, adding extra wear and tear, or operating when it doesn’t need to–you save money and, ideally, encounter fewer repair problems over the lifespan of your air conditioner.

Let’s Pump the Breaks Just a Minute

Smart thermostats are excellent, but they may not be ideal for every type of cooling system. If you have central AC that runs through the whole house, this is a good way to keep your costs low. If you have a zone control system in your vents, that can further the savings when coupled with a smart thermostat.

However, you may notice slightly lower savings if you’re already using an energy-efficient system like ductless mini splits. These already break up the cost of cooling your home, so the smart thermostat savings, while still present, may be smaller than if it was installed in a central AC unit.

Basically, if you already have an energy-efficient air conditioner, this will still help, but the changes won’t be as drastic or staggering as if they were applied to a more wasteful system like central air conditioning.

Start Saving Money Now, Not Later

Smart thermostats take a little bit of time to get the right data on how you like your home cooled, but once that’s settled, you start saving money quickly. You’re already going to fiddle with the thermostat as it is, why not get something out of it? It’s time to stop overpaying for your cooling costs.

Contact Southwest HVAC today to schedule your Wi-Fi smart thermostat installation as soon as possible and start enjoying the savings.

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