In the economic downturn, many of us are looking for ways to save on our bills within the household. There is a new technology available to consumers where they could watch over their gas and electric spends. This technology is called Smart Thermostats.
What Is Thermostat Technology?
Smart thermostat technology is a brand new home automation tool that aims to cut down on the gas and electric spends of consumers; with this technology the old systems should become obsolete! Think of it like this, imagine setting your thermostat and going out for a few drinks with friends, you decide to stop out that night, so you get your smartphone out of your pocket and turn off your thermostat from wherever you are!
Yes! I am talking about complete home automation, but not just that, you have complete control over where your energy spends are going. In other words, these automated systems will calculate where the energy is going mostly in your home, place it into graphs (as shown below) and also list the prices you are spending on your gas and electric.
The manufacturers of the smart thermostats have said consumers can save up to 20% of their energy bills, quite personally I think it’s possible to make even more savings. Things could be done such as switching the heating on 10 minutes before you are due to walk through the door and switching it off during the day whilst the homeowner is at work. Consumers can also switch off their systems during peak hours when the prices of energy are much higher.
Three Great Systems
This thermostat is priced at just under $250 and is considered one of the best within the thermostat world! You can control it from your smartphone and web browser from anywhere in the world. This snazzy little system will also learn the habits in your home and then create a schedule to suit your needs, so you don’t have to do a thing!
As with all products they do of course get bad reviews but the majority of them I found when looking around were pretty good and most of them say it does exactly what it was created for which is to make a schedule for you and run it round the clock to save you money on your energy bills!
This was created by the Canadian company called Ecobee. Very similar to the Nest in the sense that it can be controlled via the user’s smartphone or web browser, the smart thermostat also comes with touch screen LCD display where you can set controls quickly and easily. With the impressive display comes a special energy conservation mode and 5-day weather forecasts for you to see.
The only down side to this product is the actual price, which is a little bit steep at $469! The price is due to it having to be installed by a professional as it consists of two parts, the equipment interface connects to everything that uses the Gas or Electric such as your furnace, Air conditioning, ventilator, dehumidifier and the second part is the thermostats which of course replaces the one you have now.
The device can actually be installed on your own, this will depend upon whether you like wires you not!
Honeywell is in a lawsuit with Nest at this current time due to Honeywell programming the learning system into their product! Aside from this the Honeywell system actually has a questions and answers program built inside, where you answer questions on your utility usage and the system creates a schedule based on your answers. The system can also be controlled using a tablet, smartphone or and personal/laptop computer.
The system also has an alert system that warns you when it is not working correctly and needs user input to continue, this is great as it alerts you to a problem before it actually happens. The system also keeps a log for quick troubleshooting so you can take a quick browse through to see whether it was a system change or accidental user interaction.
Honeywell has been independently rated as the leading smart thermostat manufacturer.
The price of the Honeywell Prestige Comfort System is currently $375.