Saving Money with a Smart Thermostat – Weiders Hardware
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In addition to conventional home energy saving improvements, a smart thermostat is a proven way to save you money on your home heating and cooling. Smart thermostats offer the same functionality such as programable schedules found in traditional thermostats. Additionally, smart thermostats offer features such as Learning functionality, and occupancy sensors, remote sensors and internet connectivity.

Improved Usage of your Heating & Cooling System
Smart thermostats take in to account basic information about your heating or cooling system, and the size of your house to efficiently heat and cool your house. The thermostat also learns about how your house heat and cools. For example, the thermostat will observe data such as how long it takes the house to reach the desired temperature from the time that it kicks on.

Home/Away Sensing
Many smart thermostats on the market today have built in occupancy sensors. These sensors detect activity and use this to determine if anyone is home. If your thermostat is programed to heat during the day and it observes that nobody is home, it will optimize it’s heating and cooling to save energy.

Remote Sensors
Not all parts of your house heat and cool evenly, to fix this, many smart thermostat manufacturers have introduced easy to use remote temperature sensors. These are small wireless sensors that are placed in areas of the home that do not heat or cool as evenly as the rest of the home. The smart thermostat will use the information it receives from these sensors to more evenly heat or cool your home.

Integration with other devices
Many smart thermostats integrate with other devices that you already own, some thermostats may let you use your phones location to determine if you are home or away. Other integrations include Amazon Alexa and Google Home for easy control.

Nest
Thermostat

$250
Programable Schedule
Internet Controlled
Room Sensors
Automatic Schedule
Buy
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Ecobee
Thermostat

$250
Programable Schedule
Internet Controlled
Room Sensors
Automatic Schedule
Buy
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Honeywell Thermostat

$230
Programable Schedule
Internet Controlled
Room Sensors
Automatic Schedule
Buy
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