"Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother's house we go!" It's a statement that probably describes what most of us experience during the holiday season, traveling around to see family and friends, sometimes for days at a time. Needless to say, the holidays can make things a little hectic (and expensive).
One item that can make your holiday season go a little smoother is a smart thermostat. Find out why these handy gadgets are a must have for the holidays.
1. Smart thermostats can help you save a few dollars.
The holiday season is an expensive time year. Why not save a few dollars where you can, like on your heating bill? Several independent studies have shown that homes with smart thermostats save an average of 10-12% on heating bills. Smart thermostats, like the Nest thermostat, learn your family's schedule in about a week and ensures your home is the temperature you like at the proper times of the day. There's no need to spend extra money heating an empty home, right?
2. They're easy to control on the go
We've all experienced it, you're rushing around trying to get the family ready to leave for a weekend out of town. You finally get on the road and then you realize it. You forgot to lower the thermostat! If you have a smart thermostat, there is no need to worry. Since they can be controlled using an app on your phone, you can lower the temperature without having to return home.
3. Provide peace of mind that your home is safe
Smart thermostats can help provide a little extra peace of mind that your home is safe and secure while you are way. If something does go amiss, for example, if your furnace starts acting up or the temperature in your home drops drastically, the thermostat can send a notification to your phone so the issue can be addressed right away. Before the situation escalates to a carbon monoxide leak or a burst pipe and extensive water damage in your home.
4. Return to a cozy home after a long journey
West Michigan winters can be brutal, so there is nothing better than coming home to a warm house after being out in the cold. Usually that means leaving your heat running while you aren't home. Not with a smart thermostat! With a smart thermostat, you can lower your heat before you leave and once you are closer to home, use your thermostat's app to turn the heat up to the perfect temperature.
Some smart thermostats can even be hooked up to your home's lighting system. So while you are using your phone to turn up the heat, you can also turn on the lights. No more fumbling around in the dark while your hands are full!
There are several companies that make smart thermostats, at Blakeslee & Son we carry the Nest, Sensi by Emerson and Honeywell. (Bonus - some of these brands even qualify for a special Blakeslee & Son warranty). If you want to learn more about these brands or adding a smart thermostat to your home before the holiday season, we can answer any questions you might have. Contact us today!