Have You Considered Getting A Smart Thermostat Yet?

Smart Thermostats

If you're still using an old style thermostat where basically all you can do is set the temperature by walking up to it and changing the settings, then it's about time you took a serious look at the latest generation of smart thermostats.

For those of you who may not be familiar with this technology, they are basically replacements for your old thermostats which can perform a range of tasks from setting temperatures days or even weeks ahead, and can give you complete control from wherever you are using your smart phone.

In addition to their versatility, they also produce energy savings. Smart thermostats can do this by ensuring your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems aren't using energy when they don't need to be - in other words they regulate your HVAC system more efficiently than you can do it yourself. Additional savings are gained when you're not at home but you suddenly remember you've left the heating on - just a few taps on your smart phone and the waste is stopped.

According the information I got from energystar.gov it appears the savings for a typical household are enough to pay for the device in just under 17 months, which is a fairly reasonable return when compared to a lot of other installation projects around the home.

The two leading manufacturers are Honeywell and Nest, but they're not the only ones in the game as more and more companies are coming out with new products in America and Europe. For an excellent breakdown of the top 10 manufactures see The Top Rated Thermostat Manufacturers at Thermostat WiFi.

For a quick overview of what's involved in installing one, watch the following video:

This next video is quite a bit more involved but will give you a better understanding of the process from opening the box to actually installing the new smart thermostat:

In conclusion, if you're looking for your next DIY job around the home, I strongly suggest installing a smart, WiFi enabled thermostat.