One of the best bang for the buck ways to cut your energy bills in summer (or any season) is to install a programmable thermostat: the EPA estimates that you can save up to $180 every year just by installing one and using it effectively – enough of a savings to cover the cost to install one in just a year or two.
But what about “Smart Thermostats,” like Honeywell’s WiFi Smart Thermostat? Are they worth the time, money and effort to install? Let’s take a look.
All thermostats let you set your home temperature at the push of a button; programmable thermostats combine that temperature control capability with a timer, so you can change system settings throughout the day (when you’re at work or sleeping, for example).
But a smart thermostat takes things a step further by “learning” your behaviors and giving you unprecedented remote control capabilities for your cooling and heating systems. Imagine being able to turn up the A/C on your way home from work so it’s nice and cool when you arrive – or avoiding the hassles and dangers of frozen pipes by turning up the heat when an unexpected blizzard hits during your winter vacation – all from the comfort of your cellphone.
Some smart thermostats are so savvy that they’ll even tell you how long it will take to shift temperatures to your desired setting. Others will take into account household humidity (which you can control with a whole house humidifier or dehumidifier) and other conditions so you’ll be as comfortable as possible in any season.
The bottom line: a smart thermostat – professionally installed by the expert technicians at Hilltop Energy – is a convenient and powerful (and let’s face it, pretty cool) way to manage your indoor climate. It will pay for itself quickly and give you more control than ever over how you cool and heat your Central or Northern New Jersey home.
Lower your bills and control your home heating and cooling from anywhere, any time! Contact us today to see if a smart thermostat is right for your New Jersey home.
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