Work Smarter Not Harder: Smart ‘Learning’ Thermostats Beat Programmable Tech

A common complaint among those switching from older dial and digital thermostats to programmable models for energy savings remains their confusing operation and steep learning curve. Fortunately, today’s smart thermostat technology has stepped up to the plate, offering improved energy savings, enhanced features, and most importantly, ease of use.

Today’s Smart Thermostats Offer Unmatched Performance

Advanced and intuitive, adding a smart thermostat to home heating and cooling units offers a host of benefits…

  • Simplifying heating and cooling programming schedules.
  • Allowing for the adjustment of system settings from your Wi-Fi enabled smartphone or mobile device.
  • Monitoring the performance of your HVAC system and energy use in real-time.
  • Providing energy savings of 20-30% on average.
    (With HVAC accounting for 50% of the typical homeowner’s utility bill, that’s no small chunk of change!)

Which Popular Smart Thermostat Model Best Meets Your Needs?

Compatible with home heating units, furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps, these two popular models offer a similar 12 month warranty, albeit different technological appearances and features:

  • NEST Learning Thermostat

    The unique, black circular design of the Nest Learning thermostat houses built-in motion sensors. Properly installed in a high-traffic area, the NEST learns your family’s routines and Nest Learning Thermostattemperature preferences, programming itself and switching the system off if no movement is detected for 2 hours. Once activity is detected, your HVAC system is again reactivated. Like the Honeywell, all settings can be overridden at the device or remotely via Apple or Android app via your properly registered thermostat account. Connected to your home’s Wi-Fi network for quick, convenient adjustments and programming or voice operable via Amazon Alexa, a green leaf on the NEST screen denotes the perfect balance between temperature and energy savings, with easily accessible energy usage reports denoting efficiency.

  • Honeywell Lyric

    Honeywell LyricThe budget friendly Wi-Fi Nest Lyric is an excellent option for those looking for the ease of Wi-Fi programmability without the need for added sensors or sophisticated learning modes, featuring a more conventional looking touchscreen with a choice of background colors. Straightforward though slightly more involved to set up than the NEST, simply download the Lyric app, register the device, and connect your thermostat to your wireless network, following the short, 15 minute guided setup process. Override everything manually on the 2.5 x 2.5-inch touchscreen or program via Wi-Fi from any location, scheduling for specific days, applying the same schedule for the week, setting a vacation schedule in advance or enabling smart response features such as high and low temperature alerts. Love tech? Integrate the Lyric with IFTTT, Apple’s HomeKit, Amazon’s Echo, or set up for verbal temperature adjustment via Siri or Alexa. The Lyric will track and learn your preferred temperatures and scheduling, as well the amount of time your home’s HVAC system requires to reach optimal temperatures, adjusting timing accordingly.

Gift yourself with convenience and efficiency this holiday season. Contact H&H Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more about installing the latest in affordable, reliable, energy saving thermostat technology today.