Don’t you feel comfortable and secure when you’re in control of your surroundings? That’s one reason Smart Thermostats have become a sought-after feature for NYC’s luxury homeowners. The ability to remotely adjust the comfort settings of your HVAC system is the ultimate in control.
The Nest Learning Thermostat and the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat allow you to control your home’s heating and cooling comfort remotely from your IOS or Android smart phone. So the next time you run out and forget to adjust the thermostat, no worries. Simply pull up the app and adjust your setting in seconds.
The cool features of these Smart Thermostats provide more than convenience; they can significantly reduce your energy bills. If you’ve been reading our blog every now and then, you probably already know that your HVAC system consumes up to 50% of your home’s energy usage. Remembering to turn out the lights when you leave the room won’t make nearly as much of an impact on your energy bill as installing one of these Smart Thermostats.
Smart Thermostat reviews: The Nest Learning Thermostat
The Nest Learning Thermostat has created a buzz and for good reason. The combination of state-of-the-art features and ease of use has won over many NYC homeowners.
Features you’ll love
Control from anywhere. There’s an app for that! Turn up the air from your phone when you’re on the way home early, or set your Nest to away mode as you head to the airport.
It learns your schedule and programs itself so you don’t have to. We all appreciate control, but isn’t it a relief when you don’t have to manage everything yourself?
The problem with many programmable thermostats is that they can be confusing to program, so people do it once and then never adjust it when their schedule changes.
When you first install the Nest Learning Thermostat, you set your temperature whenever you come and go by simply turning the dial up or down. After a week or so, the Nest learns your schedule and automatically programs itself. And it doesn’t stop there… it keeps learning and adjusting the schedule over time.
And if your schedule changes on a particular day, you can adjust manually with the dial or quickly and easily on your phone.
Automatic turn-down when you’re away. Going out of town? If you forget to manually adjust to “away” mode, the Nest will detect a lack of activity and automatically adjust your heating or cooling accordingly. It can even interact with locks, lighting, home security systems, appliances and even sprinkler systems to adjust them when you’re away.
It teaches you to save energy. The Nest Leaf feature on the thermostat shows you which settings will save energy. And you can check your Energy History report at any time to see how much energy you saved and why.
Smart AC humidity control. Nest’s Airwave feature detects when your home’s humidity is low and reduces the AC runtime to save energy. Or when humidity is super-high, the Cool to Dry feature increases the runtime to improve comfort.
Designed for your HVAC system. Most thermostats are designed for forced air heat and air conditioning. But the Nest activates custom energy-saving features for the type of system you have, including radiant heat and heat pumps. It even alerts you when filters need changing.
Smart Thermostat reviews: The Honeywell Wi-fi Smart Thermostat
Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is gaining attention due to a wide variety of programming options and a cool app that works with all your connected devices.
Features you’ll love
Simple programming with 7-day variable schedules. Some programmable thermostats only allow you to program different schedules for weekdays and weekends. With Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, you can customize your schedule for each day of the week by answering a few questions.
It gets to know you. Like the Nest, Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat learns as you adjust your settings manually, and updates your settings as your schedule changes.
Customizable color touchscreen lets you change the background color of your thermostat’s display to match your wall or match your mood. How cool is that?
Access to your settings from any Wi-Fi device including any connected computer, tablet or smart phone, wherever you happen to be.
Advanced air flow control. Your home’s comfort is about more than just the temperature. The amount of air moving throughout your space can make a big difference in air quality and they way you feel. Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat allows you to control not only the temperature setting, but also fan speed for the perfect balance of energy efficiency and comfort.
Locking touchscreen so your kids can’t fool around with the thermostat! Only someone with authorized access can make changes to your settings.
System alerts. The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat lets you know, via the thermostat’s display and your connected devices, when it senses extreme temperatures (which can let you know what there’s a problem with your heating or cooling system). It also alerts you when it’s time to change a filter.
Compatibility with heat pump systems as well as forced air heating and air conditioning.
Related Article: HVAC Tips: 5 Money-Saving Features to Look for in New Thermostats.
Don’t forget HVAC maintenance to save even more energy
Hopefully these Smart Thermostat reviews have given you some helpful tips about what how these new devices can save energy as well as providing convenience. But don’t forget about another way that you can help your HVAC system to consume less: by taking care of it with regular maintenance service.
Regular cleaning and maintenance of cooling and heating equipment can have a major impact on your energy expenses. Call in a certified HVAC service company to change filters, clean coils, seal ducts, check electrical connections and blower motors for optimal efficiency.
Related Article: Clean HVAC System Condenser Coils = Lower Energy Bills.
BONUS: regular preventative maintenance also makes it much less likely that your unit will fail during a heat wave!
If you haven’t had your air conditioning system serviced in a while, you should seriously consider having the coils cleaned. The poor air quality in New York City can cause a buildup of grime that causes your system to work too hard, using more energy and risking a breakdown. To learn more about when and why you need coil cleaning, grab a copy of our free guide: A Guide to Air Conditioner Coil Cleaning: Why, How, and How Often.