SPECIAL ARTICLE BROUGHT TO YOU BY HEINER’S INSURANCE CENTER
By Addie B-Acuity Insurance
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for nearly half of a home’s energy costs—over $900 each year. Smart thermostats can help control costs by providing more control over home temperature. A smart thermostat is a Wi-Fi enabled device that automatically adjusts temperature settings in your home for optimal performance.
Smart thermostats provide homeowners several other benefits as well:
Convenience. Smart thermostats can learn your temperature preferences and establish a schedule that automatically raises and lowers temperatures when you are asleep or away. Some models feature geofencing that allows the thermostat to detect when you’re on your way home and automatically adjust the temperature.
Control. Wi-Fi enabled smart thermostats allow you to control your home’s heating and cooling remotely through your smartphone from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. If you need to make adjustments while you’re at work or on vacation, this is very convenient.
Information. Smart thermostats can provide information on home temperature trends that you can track and manage to optimize energy usage. Devices can also send a text or email alert if there is an unexpected temperature change in the home, if dirty filters are detected on heating or cooling equipment, or even to remind you when periodic maintenance is due.
For cost savings and more, consider upgrading your current thermostat to a smart thermostat. Contact your local utility to see if it offers any rebates or incentives as well.
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