Understanding Smart Thermostats
There are many advantages to getting a smart thermostat for your home. These units can be controlled from your phone and set up to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Smart thermostats can learn your habits and adjust the temperature of your home accordingly. This helps reduce the load on your heater or air conditioner when you’re not home. Simply set your thermostat to return your home to your desired temperature by the time you get back.
Smart thermostats are connected to your Wi-Fi network and can be accessed with your phone. This means that you can adjust the temperature of your home from wherever you are. If there’s an internet outage, the units can still be adjusted manually.
Improved Energy Efficiency
By adjusting the temperature of your home when you’re not around, smart thermostats can lower your energy bills. You won’t have to worry about remembering to change your thermostat when you leave for work in the morning. When you return home after a trip, you won’t have to wait for your home to cool down or warm up.
Additional Features of a Smart Thermostat
Many smart thermostats are equipped with an array of features. They can keep track of the energy usage of your heater and air conditioner and give you an early warning if something is wrong. Some units can even be hooked to the speaker system in your home so that you can control it with your voice from any room in your house.
Demand Response Programs
Installing a “smart” Wi-Fi enabled thermostat also allows consumers to participate in demand response programs if their electricity providers offer one. Demand response programs help lessen the demand for power during peak times, when energy consumption usually surges. While these programs help individually households conserve electricity to save, they also aid in lessening transmission costs, helping keep electricity rates stable for the utility’s entire consumer base.
Peak-Time Payback (PTP) is GVEC’s demand response program. GVEC members who enroll with their Nest® or Ecobee thermostats enjoy savings beyond those the energy-efficient thermostats and PTP already deliver. Members receive a one-time $85 bill credit after they initially enroll. Plus they earn a $30 bill credit each year they participate in the program between May 31 and September 1. That’s $115 in bill credits for the first year they participate!
Contact Our Team Today
At GVEC Electrician Services, we sell and install multiple brands of smart thermostats including Nest® and Ecobee. Our team of professional electricians are also ready to help with electrical upgrades, whole-home surge protection, electrical wiring, solar systems, and battery storage. Our local company is fully licensed, bonded, and insured for the safety of our customers in Gonzales, La Vernia, Schertz, Seguin and surrounding areas. To learn more about keeping your home at a comfortable temperature throughout the seasons of the year, give the team from GVEC Electrician Services a call today.