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Here’s How Smart Thermostats Save You Money

Who wants to spend extra money cooling their home? If this were a comedy, you’d hear crickets chirping right now. Everyone wants to save on cooling costs, and there’s a mostly hands-free way to do it right now.

Getting smart thermostat installation in Sacramento, CA is a step towards better energy efficiency and lower monthly cooling costs. A smart thermostat learns what you like, how you like your home to be cooled, and then works ‘round the clock to make that happen.

You can optimize your home cooling efficiency right now, and that means a few things other than just saving money each month (though that is the best part). Here are other ways a smart thermostat benefits your home.

Smart Thermostats Remember Your Cooling Preferences

After your smart thermostat is installed, change the temperature to your specific preferences for a little while. That feeds data to the thermostat that it can use later. This is important for a few reasons.

  • Daily temperature changes aren’t linear. When you look at a weather forecast, you see the temperatures ebb and flow. When you turn your thermostat to one temperature for 8-12 hours, that doesn’t contour to the changing temperatures; it can waste unnecessary amounts of energy.
  • You won’t always remember to change the thermostat. Ever wake up in a frigid home, and realize you didn’t change the thermostat? It’s a bit too cold, which means your AC used a bit too much power last night. Smart thermostats auto-adjust so you don’t have to remember.
  • It accounts for seasonal changes. Because it’s connected to the internet, your smart thermostat monitors local weather changes. If it knows you like it on the colder side, it can still keep that in mind while you exit summer. This also works for your heater, so it saves you money year-round.

In short, a smart thermostat optimizes your temperature at all times of the year, accounts for human error, and accounts for daily temperature changes at every minute of the day. It’s pretty efficient.

Your AC Endures Less Wear and Tear

Your AC runs less because it’s being optimized, so the components inside run into fewer issues due to less strain. Let’s say you only save one power cycle a day with your preferences. What would that save you?

Since an average power cycle lasts from 15-20 minutes, you could save between 46 to 60 hours of operational time per cooling season (6 months). Let’s take that a step further and see how much that would save you.

On average, a central AC system uses 2 kWh to 2.5 kWh per hour of operation. That’s a rough saving of 106 to 138 kWh of energy usage per year. Find the kWh rate you pay on your energy bill, and find out how much you can save.

It’s Time to Start Saving Smarter

Home cooling costs are so difficult to manage and maintain, but now there’s a smarter way to do it without spending your own time or setting reminders to change the thermostat. Lower your energy usage, air conditioner wear and tear, and live a little more comfortably in the process with a smart thermostat.

Contact Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc. as soon as possible to install a smart thermostat and save money. You can always trust The Guys in the Big Red Trucks.

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