The Rise of Smart HVAC Systems

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Why have so many Americans adopted smart HVAC systems at their homes? Because they are smart. They know that a smart HVAC system can reduce their energy usage by up to 33%, and also help them save up to 12% on their energy bills.

You’re smart too, because you are currently reading an article. But despite that, you might still be one of the 20% of Americans who spend almost four times more for heating and cooling than owners of energy-efficient homes.

How can you save big money while simultaneously doing your part to preserve the environment? Why, by installing a smart HVAC, of course!

What Is a Smart HVAC System?

A smart HVAC is designed to adjust the temperatures in each room of a domicile based on demand rather than a single predetermined setting. Basically, instead of heating or cooling every room to the same temperature, a smart HVAC anticipates and senses when residents are inside a given room, and controls that room’s temperature accordingly.

In addition to a furnace and air conditioner, a smart HVAC includes a network of Wi-Fi enabled thermostats, sensors and vents. These components communicate with one another so they can detect which rooms are being used at any given moment. Whenever a room is occupied – or whenever its temperature exceeds or falls below the homeowner’s desired temperature – the smart HVAC springs into action, which includes opening that room’s vents to allow influx of warm or cool air.

What Are the Benefits of a Smart HVAC System?

An HVAC which judiciously controls each individual room’s temperature poses more than one benefit. Let’s review all the advantages that await when you upgrade your home’s HVAC!

Lower utility bills – Simply installing a smart thermostat is typically enough to reduce your heating and cooling bills by 8%. Smart thermostat manufacturers promise much greater savings, such as ecobee with their estimate of 26%. Ultimately, the amount of money a smart HVAC shaves off your utility bills depends on your personal temperature preferences and the climate your home is located in. Residents of the Midwest stand to gain more than those of Hawaii (if only because Midwesterners spend significantly more on heating).

Reduced energy usage – Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint? Then one of the best ways to take action is by installing a smart HVAC at your home. An ENERGY STAR certified HVAC can reduce your home’s overall energy consumption by as much as 30%. That’s the magic of only climate controlling rooms that are being used!

Greater comfort – A smart HVAC doesn’t merely use sensors to detect when a room is occupied. Its thermostat may also include built-in software to predict when certain rooms are likely to become occupied in the immediate future, and accordingly raise or lower their temperatures ahead of time. Like a programmable thermostat, a smart thermostat also offers a homeowner the option of scheduling when and how their rooms will be heated or cooled.

Cleaner air – A smart thermostat is a multi-talented mechanism. Certain models can even monitor indoor air quality, and alert you to when there are dangerously high levels of pollutants such as volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide inside your home. That will tip you off to when you should take immediate measures to improve indoor quality. Furthermore, a newly installed state-of-the-art HVAC can include integrated air purification technology and HEPA filters that markedly reduce levels of indoor airborne pollutants.

Remote control – Its Wi-Fi integration means that a smart HVAC can be controlled from anywhere on earth. That’s great if you’re driving home on a sweltering hot day and want to end your ordeal at a majestically cooled home. It also helps you save energy if you forget to change your temperature settings before leaving on vacation. You will feel like a citizen of the future when you lower your home’s temperature – from the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower.

How to Choose the Right Smart HVAC System for Your Home

The best smart HVAC for your home depends on several factors, including your:

    • Heating and cooling needs
    • Desired indoor air quality
    • Energy efficiency goals
    • Humidity control needs
    • Ductwork layout
    • Home size
    • Budget

In other words, there are just too many factors to take into account for a layman to identify the best smart HVAC. That’s just as well, because smart HVAC installation is strictly a job for an HVAC professional – precisely the person you should consult before committing to such a large home upgrade.

If you live or do business in the greater Sioux Falls, SD area, then you can count on PrairieSons for all your HVAC installation, maintenance, repair and replacement needs. Please contact us today if you’re ready to save money and conserve energy by modernizing your property’s HVAC system!