November 30 ,2018
The Benefits of Having a Smart Thermostat This Winter
As the winter months approach, it might be a good idea to think about what you can do to reduce your home heating bill. When it comes to the home heating system, some relatively simple measures can make a big difference. While there are several steps you could take to save on heating and cooling, an upgrade to your thermostat could be one of the most beneficial.
Homeowners now have the option to install smart thermostats that can help them save money on heating their home in the winter. Many of these devices are even tested and Energy Star certified –meaning they have passed independent tests that prove they save the homeowner money.
At Cornerstone Protection, we have experience with installing smart thermostats that do more than your average standalone models. When you have thermostat that connects in with your smart security system, it can use information from all of the sensors in your house and it can even get real-time weather data from the internet. With more information, your smart thermostat can do more to manage your home heating efficiently while still maintaining optimal comfort.
The following are a few of the benefits of installing a smart thermostat in your Kentucky home this winter.
Program and Save
One of the best ways to save money on home heating is to set the thermostat back a few degrees when you are not at home or during times when you need less heat. This is possible with a traditional thermostat, but you always have to remember to change the temperature for different situations and then set it back when you need the heater more. With a smart thermostat, you have automation features that handle this for you.
As the simplest example, you can set a weekly schedule that will follow your own customized plan, but you can do more than that. You can also set the thermostat to change settings when you arm the panel and leave or when you arm your security system and go to bed at night. Some smart thermostats can even use the alarm system to learn about your heating patterns to automatically manage your home heating without you having to lift a finger.
One feature of all smart thermostats is that they connect with the internet. This allows the thermostat to communicate with the wider world, and it opens up a wide range of beneficial features. With the latest thermostats from Alarm.com, your smart security system can use the geolocation services on your phone to manage the thermostat based on where you are.
As an example, you could set your heating system to a lower temperature when you are away from home. With the Alarm.com app on your phone, a signal could be sent to the thermostat when it sees that you are headed home for the day. When it receives this signal, it can turn the heat back to the comfortable temperature you prefer.
Using Real Time Weather Data to Improve Efficiency
Another advantage of having a thermostat that is connected to the internet is that it has access to more information. By using up to the minute weather data about the conditions outside your home, your thermostat can make adjustments to increase efficiency and save money.
You can also set the smart thermostat to react in different ways to different weather conditions. If the outside temperature rises to a specific level, the thermostat could turn off the heater entirely. When it goes back down, it can automatically turn itself back on to make sure your home has heating when it needs it.
Control No Matter Where You Go
With a smart thermostat, you can use your phone or tablet like a remote control. No matter where you are in the home, you can turn the system off or on and make adjustments to the temperature setting. Since this is a feature that operates over the internet, you can also control your home heating and cooling even when you are not at home.
Along with more convenient controls on your phone or tablet, many smart home security systems and thermostats are compatible with digital voice assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home. With one of these devices connected to the system, you could manage your thermostat with simple voice commands.
Protect Against Freezing Pipes
Frozen pipes are one of the dangers of winter. As the temperatures drop, pipes that are in unheated areas can freeze. When this occurs, the water can expand to split the pipe or damage the fittings. As a result, water pours out and causes costly damage.
With a smart thermostat, you can prevent frozen pipes and protect against water damage. By adding wireless temperature sensors to your basement or crawlspace, your smart thermostat can monitor the temperatures in these areas. When the temperature gets too cold, your alarm panel can send you an alert to let you know. With that knowledge, you could deploy a space heater or some other measure to protect your pipes against freezing.
As an additional feature, you could also protect against water damage by adding flood sensors and an automatic shutoff valve to your smart security system. When the sensors detect a flood condition, your security system can turn off the water main using the connected shutoff valve.
Maintenance is one of the keys to an efficient heating system that has a long life. For most homes, that means following a basic maintenance protocol that applies to all heating systems. When you have a smart thermostat, the system can actually track performance and notice issues before they become a problem.
With a heating system that is always being monitored by your smart thermostat, you go from having simple preventative maintenance to the advantages of predictive maintenance. If the system notices a problem, it can send you an alert and that will give you an opportunity to get it fixed much earlier than you would have. This can extend the life of your home HVAC system and save you money on costly repairs.
Manage Comfort in Specific Rooms
With a standalone smart thermostat, you are limited to the sensors in the unit. However, when you have a smart thermostat connected to your security alarm system, it can take advantage of additional sensors that are placed in other rooms. With wireless temperature sensors, you could set the thermostat to manage the temperature in a specific room at a set time of day.
As an example, let’s say you want the bathroom to be warm when you are getting ready for work in the morning. You set the temperature lower to save money at night, so you want to set the thermostat to warm the bathroom for your morning routine. You could place one of these sensors in the bathroom and set your smart thermostat to have it warm the bathroom to a specific temperature at the time you start getting ready for work.
Track Your Energy Consumption
If you are really serious about cutting your heating costs and lowering your energy consumption, you need to be able to see some feedback that shows you how well you are doing in your efforts. With a smart thermostat, you can get reports that show you how much energy you are using. You can check this information at any time, and you can also track your consumption to see if you are actually making progress in lowering your energy bills.
Cornerstone Protection is not only Kentucky’s leader in smart security systems, we are also experts in home automation. In addition to connecting a smart thermostat in with your home security system, we can also install wide range of home automation features that will make your home more convenient and more efficient. Contact us today for a free quote on your smart security system and home automation features.