In our ongoing “Advice for Desert Dwellers” series, we briefly examine the efficacy of those fancy new thermostats. We’ve seen them in the aisles at Home Depot, or perhaps even a friend or family member has boastfully added one to their home. Most manufactures of thermostats today offer a programmable thermostat. The most popular, Nest and Honeywell to name a couple, have even gone a step further and offer numerous options such as changing your settings from a remote location and even better, learning your settings. Subsequently, saving you money.
But does a Nest really work any differently than your existing thermostat? Furthermore, Is it hard to understand, operate, or install? The answer is “no”. In a nutshell, these new thermostats incorporate smart phone technology and can actually learn. Independent studies showed that it saved people an average of 10% to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. So in under two years, it can pay for itself. You can even pull up a report to see how much you’ve saved. Additionally, how amazing is it to control other devises from your phone! Whats more, it is very easy to install and no technician is required. Most home inspectors highly recommend these advanced thermostats for energy efficiency. We love them, and highly recommend you get one today. Whether its a Nest, Honeywell, or other manufacturer, the technology works, so choose which one is best for you. We’ve posted a few links below to help you in your decision making.