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28Aprecobee Smart Thermostat

Smart Home Thermostats Deliver on Savings

Even for those of us who are lucky enough to live along the beautiful coastline of the Carolinas, owning a vacation home someday is a goal. On the other hand, the idea of adding more real estate to the portfolio can be a source of stress and anxiety for some.

All of us are familiar with that annoying, fear-inducing feeling of having forgotten something important, and it always seems to come at the most inconvenient time. Whether it’s an hour away up Highway 40 or that moment when the plane has successfully departed the Wilmington airport, there’s often very little that can be done about it. Luckily, however, technology is helping to simplify our lives and eradicate some of these worries. Smart home thermostats are a great example of this, as they can eliminate the fear of having forgotten to turn down the thermostat before leaving the house for an extended period.

As the name implies, smart home thermostats can be controlled via a smartphone. Some of the ones that we typically install from ecobee even have Siri or Alexa built-in, so you can control the thermostat with your voice, a feature I might not have cared about until I started to use it. This is just one of many features that make the technology user-friendly. Another way that ecobee smart thermostats harmonize energy savings with home comfort is through their unique SmartSensor. This is an accessory module that works with ecobee thermostats to detect temperature and occupancy. These sensors can be placed anywhere for comfort everywhere and/or to help manage hot or cold spots.

Another aspect of the tech I consistently hear positive feedback about is the notification feature, which is triggered by sudden temperature spikes or drops. Of course, being able to pre-heat or cool a home is also nice. The ecobee app even has vacation mode, so you can conserve energy and enjoy your trip with one less worry. With all of these features working together, including Schedule Assistant, Follow Me, which detects the rooms that are in use and adjusts the temperature accordingly, and Feels Like, which measures indoor humidity levels to make adjustments and ensure an optimal level of comfort, ecobee smart thermostats deliver up to a 26 percent annual savings on energy costs.

Understanding that heating and cooling typically represents a substantial portion of a home’s power bill, these smart thermostats can provide a significant return on investment within a fairly short amount of time. Consider that, if you were paying an average of around $150 a month for power ($1800/year), a savings of 26 percent would be $468. In that situation and many others, the purchase price of an ecobee (around $199) is a no-brainer.

These ecobee thermostats work seamlessly with Apple HomeKit on all iOS devices including Apple Watch, and leading smart home ecosystems including the Google Assistant. To have a technician visit your home and provide you with a free, no-obligation quote for installation, please call one of our offices or email info@greendothvac.com.

Green Dot Heating and Air is committed to provide a consultative, transparent approach, driven by innovative technology and a diligent work ethic. With a team of highly trained and versatile technicians, a focus on helping clients make informed decisions, and a commitment to deliver substantial value, Green Dot Heating and Air is a leader in the coastal communities of North and South Carolina. To arrange a free at-home consultation, a repair/installation or simply find guidance about the nuances of modern heating and air conditioning systems, call us or visit www.greendothvac.com.

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