Life without your HVAC system would be awfully uncomfortable, but just having an HVAC system isn’t always that much better. Make sure that you have reliable and efficient air conditioning and heat to not only feel comfortable but also save money on your energy costs. And with smart tech HVAC, you can have just that, with technology that may very well change the future of home ownership.
But what exactly is smart home heating and cooling? What will the future of home ownership look like? And how does smart home tech and HVAC integrate?
Environmental Smart Tech HVAC
Smart HVAC systems are becoming increasingly more environment-friendly as substances, like R22 – a known pollutant found in traditional HVAC systems, are no longer used. The reduction of these agents will not only lower your carbon footprint, but also save you money by using more efficient and reliable substances than traditional ones.
By developing products with safer materials, smart HVAC systems are also safer for your home and family, with increased air quality and ventilation as well. And with a wide variety of new, ENERGY STAR HVAC systems, it is difficult to go wrong with an upgrade.
Energy Efficient Smart Tech HVAC
Newer, and future, HVAC systems will be increasingly more and more energy efficient, which means it will cost you a lot less to run these systems. Higher efficiency also means less noise pollution, lower energy waste, and the ability to receive power from alternative energy sources, such as solar power.
In a white paper study by Nest Labs, Nest found statistically-relevant savings by those who utilized Smart HVAC systems versus older, traditional HVAC units. Overall, homes with smart thermostats save an average of 10-12% on heating and 15% on cooling, which ranges from savings of $131-145 a year. And that’s just savings from the thermostat!
According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a Smart HVAC system, on its own, can save you up to an additional 10% in heating and cooling costs, not to mention additional savings from the Smart Thermostat, as mentioned above, though ACEEE notes a 10% cooling savings and an 8% heating savings, slightly lower than the Nest Labs study. ACEEE does note that smart ceiling fans can save an additional 4-11%; smart room AC, 2-3%, smart appliances, 2-9%, depending on the appliance; smart water heating, 15%; smart lighting, 7-27%; and advanced power strips, 16-50%. That’s a lot of savings, many of which pay for themselves in the very first year of use.
Some home automation systems may also use infrared heat sensors to determine which rooms are occupied and which ones are not — this will allow the HVAC system to warm or cool only those rooms without wasting energy on rooms not in use.
Combining HVAC systems with energy efficient smart home tech means more money saved by the homeowner.
Smarter, Better, and More Comfortable Smart Tech HVAC
Many smart home technology devices are already integrated with smart tech HVAC systems, with more and more being added on a regular basis. The Nest thermostat is a fine example of how home automation can save homeowners money on energy bills. And don’t forget that your Alexa or Google Home can often also integrate with your Smart HVAC system, to make it easier to adjust the temperature, lights, etc.
The smart tech thermostats can help homeowners consume energy more intelligently, saving money and reducing waste. They may also help alert homeowners when their smart tech HVAC system isn’t running efficiently, needs repairs, or must be maintained.
Eventually, smart tech HVAC will be able to identify problems before they happen so that homeowners may take care of the problem with a professional. This will potentially save homeowners a lot of money in damages and avoid larger repairs.
As these HVAC systems, along with their complementary home automation, become widely available and affordable, more homeowners will install these convenient, money-saving features. But why wait? Save money today and get your free HVAC quote, get connected by signing up on the form below.
Frequently Asked Smart Home Ventilation Questions
Q: What are energy efficient appliances?
A: They are appliances that use the energy they consume efficiently. They use less energy because of that. ENERGY STAR is a good sign that an appliance is energy efficient.
Q: How important is it to have energy efficient appliances?
A: Upgrading to ENERGY STAR and energy efficient appliances can help you save money on energy bills and it reduces your carbon footprint. You can also help yourself by getting your HVAC appliances cleaned and maintenance done yearly.