Three cost-cutting, high-tech thermostats

November 3, 2015

Advances in HVAC technology have made an incredible impact on heating and cooling expenses. You can regulate the temperature in your home 24 hours a day, teach your thermostat when to adjust your home's temperature, or even make adjustments from anywhere in the world.

Check out the quick guide below to find out how you can conveniently control your home's temperature and save on your energy bills with three types of high-tech thermostats.

Three cost-cutting, high-tech thermostats

Programmable thermostats

While 40 percent of Canadians already own programmable thermostats, only 10 percent actually use their automated features.

Thankfully, the newer programmable units are even easier to preset with the desired temperature. These improved features increase the likelihood of homeowners putting these functions to use.

It's certainly worth taking a few minutes to learn them.

Turning down the heat while you're at work significantly shrinks your utility bills. And you can set the heat or AC to kick on before you get home, so that it's already the perfect temperature when you walk in the door.

Additionally, programmable thermostats can be very inexpensive and easy to install. They're commonly sold in big box stores.

Predictive thermostats

Similar to programmable thermostats, predictive thermostats are even more suited to today's homeowners.

Instead of waiting for you to set temperature changes manually or use programmable features, after a few days of tracking normal use, predictive thermostats start to regulate themselves.

You can still make changes if necessary, but you likely won't have to.

These thermostats can be fairly simple or incredibly complex. Some use thing like moisture monitors and weather reports to modify heating and cooling based on multiple variables, effectively predicting the temperature you desire.

Predictive thermostats tend to be more expensive than programmable units. But, contact your HVAC service or utility provider to see if any rebates for installing one are available.

Smart thermostats

Mobile developments have flooded the home automation market with solutions for everything from turning on nanny cams to alerting you to smoke detection.

Smart thermostats take advantage of these advancements in mobile technology to allow you to adjust them from wherever you are in the world.

Often programmable, and sometimes predictive, smart thermostats provide homeowners with a comprehensive look at their energy costs. Some are capable of breaking down energy expenses by hour and giving recommendations for cutting costs. They're also extremely helpful in creating heating and cooling zones in your home.

Whether you're discovering the advantages of your programmable thermostat, or thinking of a predictive or smart thermostat, getting the most out of any of them will help cut down on your heating and cooling costs.

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