Modern HVAC Systems: Control Home Temperature Remotely
You may not spend much time thinking about your thermostat when you’re away from home. In fact, if you have an older HVAC system, you likely have to be home to even be able to control your thermostat. But modern HVAC systems are an altogether different story. Modern systems allow you to control your thermostat remotely.
Entek has been servicing households with new HVAC systems since the 1940s, so we’ve learned our fair share of tips and tricks along the way. Here are the benefits of having a modern HVAC system that allows you to control your home temperature remotely.
Modern Day Convenience
Modern technology has streamlined the way we live in a number of ways, increasing our comfort levels and making life more convenient. Modern HVAC systems are no exception. They can save us time and energy (both literally and figuratively), while also providing us with peace of mind.
Ever leave the house for a vacation and constantly wonder if you left the stove turned on? Or planned a weekend getaway and remembered just as you were hitting the road that you left the AC on full blast? While modern HVAC systems may not be able to fix the stove problem, they can certainly help with the latter. If you left the house and forgot to adjust the thermostat, modern HVAC systems will allow you to control the temperature remotely, even when you’re miles away from home.
In fact, even if you’re at home, you may find yourself still wanting to control your temperature remotely. Does your partner like things hot, while you prefer to keep things cool? No more waiting until your significant other falls asleep to get up and turn down the thermostat. Instead, many HVAC systems allow you to control your temperature through a smartphone app. You can simply keep the phone next to you on a nightstand and adjust the temperature while lying in bed. Controlling your home’s temperature has never been easier.
While being able to control your home’s temperature with such relative ease makes life more convenient, another major benefit of being able to control your home temperature remotely is the cost savings. Apart from your mortgage payment, your costliest home expense is probably going to be your energy bills. Of all energy expenses, your home heating or cooling system is likely to be the largest one, accounting for almost half of the total cost of the average American family’s energy bills. That means anything you can do to cut down on your energy consumption will amount to considerable cost savings.
So how much money are we talking here? Simply dropping your home’s temperature by 10 degrees during the wintertime when you are away from home or asleep can reduce your heating costs by as much as 10 to 20 percent. Employing a similar strategy during the summer months—raising the temperature slightly—will yield similar results.
By controlling your thermostat remotely, you can more easily balance your comfort with your finances. When the heat rises during the summer months, we’re tempted to keep the AC turned all the way up. But that can put a strain on our wallets. When the home temperature is controlled remotely, you don’t have to sacrifice your comfort for cost savings. Instead, shortly before you arrive home, you can adjust the air conditioning so that you’re comfortable when you return but haven’t been throwing money out the window all day long.
Another reason you should control your temperature remotely? The environment will thank you. Reducing the amount of energy you use will also reduce your carbon footprint. Modern HVAC systems are more environmentally friendly than those made in the past. Also, when you reduce your energy consumption by remotely controlling your thermostat, you are reducing your electricity use. Since electricity is often generated through methods that cause carbon emissions and are harmful to the environment, reducing the amount of electricity required to keep your HVAC running will be beneficial for the environment.
Increased Resale Value
Having an HVAC system that allows you to control your home temperature remotely is an investment that pays dividends. Should you ever decide it’s time to sell your home, having a modern HVAC system could increase your home’s resale value. In general, energy-efficient homes can sell at a higher market value than homes that are less energy efficient.
When it comes to modern HVAC systems, specifically, homeowners can expect a high return on their initial investment. According to the National Association of Realtors, homeowners who update their HVAC systems will see a 71 percent return on that investment. That’s a higher return than a bathroom renovation or a kitchen upgrade.
As we mentioned before, many modern HVAC systems allow you to control the thermostat through a smartphone app or even a computer or tablet. That means you can control the temperature anytime, anywhere. Some also alert you to when it is time to change your air filters, helping you maintain your HVAC system as well. Many smart thermostats are also able to remember your settings or automate the process for you by recognizing, or even sensing, when the house is empty and adjust the thermostat accordingly.
If it’s time for you to update your HVAC system, or if you want to take advantage of the ability to remotely control your home’s temperature, Entek will help you find the system best suited to your budget and needs. If you’re ready to get started, schedule an appointment. We’ll help you keep your cool this summer while also helping you keep more money in your wallet. Summer vacation, anyone? With your cost savings, you’ll have the extra money to splurge on one.