Digital, programmable thermostats are all the rage at the moment, especially with households looking to reduce the thousands of pounds spent each year on energy bills.
A large chunk of that money goes towards heating and cooling homes when they are vacant. So it’s likely many of us are actually spending money on heating and cooling when it’s not necessary, wasting plenty of energy in the process.
If you’ve noticed your energy bills skyrocketing in recent months, it might be time for you to consider one of the many programmable thermostats out there.
So what exactly makes these modern thermostats so efficient?
There are a number of hugely popular thermostats on the market, such as the Honeywell Lyric and the Ecobee3, that incorporate a plethora of useful and efficient features that can help you save money in the long run.
First off, they can increase the lifespan of your heating and cooling systems and ultimately reduce your utility bills. We can even use our thermostats alongside our smartphones in today’s ever-progressing world of technology.
A great thermostat comprises of improving energy efficiency, a user-friendly design and technical support you can trust. Here are the innovative features that define an efficient, modern day thermostat that you might be keen to look out for during your search.
Energy Control and Management
Digital thermostats have plenty of management features built-in that make monitoring the heating and cooling systems in your home all the more straightforward.
A scheduling feature allows you to decide upon the heating patterns that benefit you most. You can also override the preset plan to save energy when you are on holiday.
Programmable thermostats may even have auto-scheduling features that monitor your energy saving habits and adjust themselves automatically to suit your preferences.
Some of the more advanced thermostats are capable of using your smartphone to prepare your home once you’ve left work or started to head back. They connect to the smartphone’s location data and use a process called geofencing to do this.
Top of the range thermostats will even tell you how long you have to wait before your preferred comfort level is reached and also tell you how much you’ve saved heating your home in this way.
The most innovative of programmable thermostats may even feature on board sensors that detect and inform you of regular maintenance checks or equipment problems.
Your system can run even more efficiently with the help of humidity sensors built in to your thermostat that work with you home’s humidifier or dehumidifier. Motion sensors can tell when you’ve arrived home early on occasion and subsequently adjust the temperature.
Temperature Monitoring and Adjustment
Temperature control is something we expect from every thermostat but only the best excel with regards to this particular feature.
A smart thermostat should support multistage heating and cooling, which allows for your thermostat to switch rapidly between a more radiant setting for stability or a furnace setting for a quick burst of heat.
Modern thermostats also feature temperature swings. A small temperature swing of one degree will allow for the most comfort but is likely to result in more heating and cooling cycles. A large temperature swing featured in many of the newer thermostats is likely to use less energy and allow the temperature of your home to vary by up to around three or four degrees.
Setting Up Your Thermostat
State-of-the-art thermostats will make the entire setup process quick and efficient.
You should be able to change settings with ease using an interactive screen or associated mobile app. More and more homes are using automation systems, so you might want to see if your new thermostat works alongside these helpful built-in features. The latest thermostats use Wi-Fi to connect to your tablet or smartphone, which then allows you to make changes to the settings while you’re away from home.
A professional installation is something to consider if you’re concerned about setting up but it’s actually quite straightforward, so you’re more than capable of doing it yourself. You can use online tools provided by companies to check system compatibility. Some thermostats have levels built in to ensure they are installed with the utmost precision.
Having the flexibility a modern thermostat provides is a huge bonus if you’re keen to make your home environment comfortable for you and the family, while you’ll also save plenty of money and waste far less energy. You may even be entitled to government financial incentives as a result!
Article submitted by www.appeng.co.uk, Application Engineering specialists since Sussex since 1983.