We use a lot of electricity to cool our desert homes and installing a smart thermostat can help to reduce your electricity costs. In this article, we are going to explain everything you need to know about these smart thermostats to get started.
What is a Smart Thermostat?
A smart thermostat is a device that has the intelligence to learn your lifestyle pattern. It automatically adjusts the temperature of your home to suit your needs. So, what does all that mean? Let’s look at an example. Let’s say that in the mornings, you like to have your coffee in your kitchen and look out the window. Your kitchen gets a lot of morning sun and so tends to be one of the warmest rooms in your house. The thermostat learns that you like to do this and automatically cools your home so that your kitchen is cool and comfortable. Later in the day, you want to read in your den, which gets the afternoon sun, and so can be too warm. The thermostat also learns this and makes sure the room is at the right temperature for you to curl up with a good book. Think of it as your assistant who understands your pattern and ensures that the temperature is just right for you.
The thermostat does this by using sensors placed in various rooms. The sensors tell the thermostat the temperature in each room, and whether the room is occupied or empty. The sensors enable the smart thermostat to ensure the temperature is correct in that room. By contrast, a simple thermostat can only measure and react to the temperature-reading where it’s mounted and does not know the temperature in varying locations.
How Does a Smart Thermostat Save Money?
You might be asking yourself, “Can’t I just manually adjust my current thermostat?” Right, you could do that, but who has the time to make constant manual adjustments? And, to be honest, how many of us even remember how to program our thermostats? A smart thermostat automatically makes changes for you. That saves you money.
Furthermore, by using sensors, the thermostat can tell if the house is occupied. This information lets the thermostat change to an “away setting,” increasing the temperature by one or two degrees, further saving you money.
An intelligent thermostat also allows you to set up a vacation schedule in advance. With a vacation schedule, you may let your house to get a bit warmer in the summer or colder in the winter. The thermostat will automatically change the setting for you when you leave and adjusts automatically when you return.
Control for Long-Term and Short-Term Rentals
A smart thermostat also provides the capability for remotely changing temperature settings from your phone or a web browser. If you live here seasonally or use your home for vacation rentals, this can be a compelling feature. It permits you to tightly control temperature settings remotely without having to be in the house.
If you have a vacation rental, you can adjust the temperature upwards or downward without needing to enter the property. Imagine how much money you can save by being able to control the air conditioning temperature after your guests have departed, from anywhere in the world!
If you’re a seasonal resident, the high desert temperatures can ruin your belongings while you’re away. With a smart thermostat and it’s app or browser control, you can adjust the temperature inside your desert residence without having to be here!
Smart Thermostats Can Spot Problems Before They Happen
A smart thermostat can anticipate a problem before it happens. When Desert Tech installs and sets-up a smart thermostat, we program it to detect problems. A smart thermostat can recognize a potential problem before you notice it yourself. It’s like having a technician in your home monitoring your air conditioning system and heating system 24/7.
Many customers choose to have their smart thermostat also alert Desert Tech when there is a problem. Informing Desert Tech allows us to respond to issues before a catastrophic failure proactively.
How Much Does a Smart Thermostat Cost?
A smart thermostat ranges in price from $380 to $450 installed.
Here at Desert Tech Air Conditioning, we prefer the smart thermostats made by Ecobee. We have found that they are the most reliable and have the best features.
How do I Install a Smart Thermostat?
Some smart thermostats, like Nest, are a DIY product. Other products are professional products, like the Ecobee, where you can get more from the thermostat by having in professionally installed.
Desert Tech is the Leading Smart Thermostat Expert
Desert Tech Air Conditioning & Heating is the Coachella Valley, is the smart thermostat leader! If you live in Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, or Bermuda Dunes area, we’re here to serve you!
We will not only install your smart thermostat, but we will also set it up to suit your specific lifestyle and needs. Call Desert Tech to find out how you can be more comfortable and save money at the same time!