Smart Thermostats and Regular Thermostats
Which one to choose?
Smart thermostats and regular thermostats are used by many businesses and homes in order to manage energy consumption and because of their convenience. ‘Smart’ thermostats have become the new trend and are slowly taking over for ‘regular’ thermostats. Some of the most popular are Nest Thermostat, Ecobee Smart Thermostat and Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat but the list goes on and on.
Since the main selling point for smart thermostats is energy savings, should you consider switching if you own a regular one?
The difference between Smart Thermostats and Regular Thermostats
They are not programmable and operate as a control panel for your heating, venting and air conditioning system. Regular thermostats have to manually be adjusted to the desired indoor temperature at a certain location. That makes it your responsibility to set the temperature every time you leave the house, go to sleep, wake up etc. This makes it possible for the thermostat to stay unchanged (be it from lack of care or attention), resulting in higher energy consumption than necessary.
In its roots, it is a networked device, which allows you to manage a location’s temperature based on different variables (such as the time of day) and from a remote setting wirelessly via the Internet. This can be achieved using your smart phone, tablet or desktop. It being ‘smart’ implies it should save you money on power and keep your home, office or building efficiently comfortable. It achieves this by learning and adapting to your behavior. It then reports to you on energy consumption in real-time, and can even adjust its settings based on preset parameters and ambient conditions (e.g. humidity).
With smart thermostats remote temperature management is possible: You can ‘tell’ them to shut off when there is no one in the house, or turn on when you come back from work.
The best thing about smart thermostats is that it gives you a complete control on how you use energy; you receive real time data on your energy usage so you can always see where and how much you’re spending on heating/cooling.
Even yet, the question remains, if you own a regular thermostat should you switch to a smart thermostat?
It all depends on your habits. If you are keeping your house at a constant temperature 24/7 then a programmable thermostat is not necessary. Therefore, unless you have a varied routine, smart thermostat might not be the right choice for you.
Yet, instead, if your activities vary on different days of the week, and you need or like analyzing data and tweaking systems to improve them, then a smart thermostat is definitively for you.