Why you should buy a smart thermostat?
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With summer fast approaching the question of how to keep your home cool and save money on energy costs is becoming an important one. No one enjoys that jump in the bills or that constant fight of ‘too hot / too cold’ in their home, so why not invest in a smart thermostat this summer. These little monitors will change your life as the temperature continues to rise.
What is a smart thermostat?
A smart thermostat is an incredibly simple device, you connect it to your smart hub and it controls and sets the temperature in your home. You can either set specific times for the thermostat to turn on and off, depending on the weather or daylight hours, or you can get a bit more technical!
Smart thermostats have the ability to learn a household’s patterns and likes, they can adjust the temperature according to your needs, without you even having to tell it. The thermostat will record temperatures, inside and out, keep track of how warm or cool you like it at certain times of the day, and even keep note of when you are in the house. Once it has all the required information it will change the air-con or heating without you ever having to raise a finger. This really is the first step towards AI homes!
Can it really save me money?
Thermostats can save you a lot of money, if they are used correctly. If you sit on your smart phone all day raising and lowering the temperature then of course you will save nothing. However, if done correctly you could be looking at savings of over AED 550 a year, this may not seem like a lot initially but over the years this adds up to a lot of saved money.
When you purchase a smart thermostat, you should view it as a long-term investment, as already mentioned these devices learn your behaviour over time. So, while you may not see any savings in the first few months, over the months and years it will adjust more and more, ensuring that the optimum temperature and energy saving settings are in use. And energy saving directly translates into money saving.
There are also the smaller cost cutting measures, for example, if you leave the house you can check the air-con is turned off or if your teenagers are home alone you can make sure they don’t have the temperature cranked up to the max. This gives you complete control of your home’s ecosystem and more control over your bills. A small investment for so much freedom.
Our top 3 brands
Nest Learning Thermostat
This is one of the more popular brands out there, and as the name suggests it learns the temperatures that you like and programmes them around your schedule. This is a small, sleek and smart device that easily and quickly connects to your phone. It has even been proven to save you an average of 10% on your energy bills, a great investment.
The brand new Ecobee4 is an intuitive smart thermostat, and it comes with Amazon’s Alexa installed, allowing it to control the temperature and act as a smart hub all in one little device. The design is minimalist, yet futuristic and it will definitely add a little something extra to your modern home, plus after the first year you will start saving money on your energy bills.
Honeywell Lyric T5
The Honeywell Lyric T5 is one of the lower cost smart thermostats, but this does not make it any less ingenious. It is easy to install and you can choose to set your own temperatures or allow it to learn what your schedule is. The interface is simple to understand and works with both Amazon and Apple apps.
Smart thermostats are one of the few smart gadgets where it is difficult to find the negatives. They are easy to install, make your home more comfortable and they aren’t even that expensive, especially when you consider the money you will save. So, we recommend having a look at what’s out there and making your home a little more perfect.
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