The Price You Pay for an Old Thermostat
We know what you’re thinking—this is just a sales pitch for an HVAC company to sell you a new thermostat. The truth is that we’re always reminding our customers to update their thermostats because we see, time after time, how the upgrade significantly impacts our customers’ monthly energy bills. Here’s how:
Automatic Setting Adjustments
While some of our customers with analog thermostats are diligent about adjusting the temperature according to time of day, temperature outside, and based on observations on how their HVAC system is performing month after month, most are—understandably—not so diligent.
It’s a hassle!
Most customers leave their thermostats on one or two settings, all year round.
This chore becomes easier with programmable thermostats, which can usually be controlled remotely and set up to shift schedules without physically approaching the thermostat.
The smart thermostat takes this feature one step further—giving you remote control of your unit AND calibrating the settings and temperatures more intuitively than even you can.
Smart thermostats actually pay attention to what times of day you frequently adjust your home’s temperature. If it notices that you always set it to a lower temperature before bed, it will do that on its own.
With smartphone integration, your smart thermostat can even tell when you’re en route home from work and adjust the temperature accordingly.
Why all this adjusting?
It keeps you from making your AC or heat run all day, every day, when you really only need it working hard when you’re home.
Price of New Thermostat vs. Price of Energy Bills
Over time, the regular calibration of your smart thermostat works to save you money. For example, users of a popular smart thermostat brand called Nest (offered in addition to Honeywell products by BNG Heating & Cooling) reported an average yearly savings of $131-$145.
Most smart thermostats cost about $200. That means a smart thermostat pays for itself in under two years, then goes on to save you around 10%-15% in energy bills every year.