“Daaaaad, it’s SO hot….can we PLEASE turn the air conditioner down?!”
If you’ve ever seen, heard, or have been a part of the above conversation, then keep reading. Whether you like it or not, we’re going to validate dad’s position and why minding the AC during the summer heat (or even the cold winters,) was a great idea.
Not only that, but we’re going to tell you about the Google Nest Learning Thermostat and how they take dad out of the energy efficiency equation. But first, a little bit about how your HVAC system could be robbing you…
Your HVAC System is Power-Hungry
When it comes to home efficiency, the one thing many homeowners may not consider is the amount of energy required to operate an HVAC unit year-round. According to a 2018 article by the US Energy Information Administration, air conditioning accounted for 12% of total home energy costs in 2015. For those of you in the southern states, where the heat is relentless and the humidity makes you question why you bothered taking a shower, that cost jumps to 27%.
The good news is, air conditioners, especially their thermostats, have come a long way recently. With smart thermostats like the Google Nest Learning Thermostat, that 12 or 27% can be brought down significantly.
The Different Types of Thermostats
For the purpose of this blog, we’re going to talk about what we’ll call “basic” thermostats, smart thermostats, and learning thermostats. The biggest difference between them all is management – even micromanagement. This includes how homeowners may be mismanaging their programmable thermostats, and it’s costing them.
To be clear, most “basic,” thermostats today are programmable. While they cannot connect to your Wi-Fi, you are typically able to program different temperature settings through a weekly schedule. It may take a little time, but once it’s done, it’s done! Doing this can save homeowners literally hundreds of dollars a year on their power bill.
The problem is — many homeowners AREN’T programming them, or aren’t proficient in doing so, resulting in a LOT of excess power usage. So much so that a study was done in 2015, showing that a third of the participants either weren’t using or had disabled programmable features. You can view the abstract on this study here, or see some more details about it in this article by the Washington Post.
Enter, the smart thermostat.
Smart thermostats are just that — smart. They can connect to your Wi-Fi network, allowing homeowners to control them using web-based and phone apps, including voice assistants like Alexa or Google Assistant.
Most smart thermostats also support geofencing, which basically tracks your location via your cell phone. So, when you’re home, your thermostat will keep you cozy. When you’re away, your thermostat will operate at a level that helps you save money (i.e. keep your AC from running on “Polar” all day while you’re at the beach, because you forgot to “bump it up a bit” before leaving.)
The obvious question is: aren’t “learning” thermostats “smart?” Well, yeah! Actually, they’re smarter. The difference between the two is equally as obvious: a learning thermostat learns.
Learning thermostats boast the same features as a smart thermostat – app integrations, voice assistant compatibility, and granular-level temperature scheduling and management (if you want to use it.)
The added bonus is the learning part. Instead of having to take time and thought to sit down and program desired temperatures by day and time, learning thermostats take that time and use it to your advantage. As you make adjustments during the day, the learning thermostat will remember that pattern and over time make those adjustments for you.
The Google Nest Learning Thermostat
Originally a product of Nest Labs, the Google Nest Learning Thermostat is like a programmable thermostat, but better. The difference is in the name – this particular piece of technology learns your heating and cooling habits. The Google Nest is the ONLY learning thermostat on the market.
After a few days of learning your habits, your thermostat adjustments, and even when you’re home or away, the Google Nest Learning Thermostat will self-adjust to keep your home comfortable while saving you money. You’re even able to make adjustments from your smartphone and through voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant.
Energypro and the Google Nest Learning Thermostat
Simply put – the Google Nest Learning Thermostat is the easiest thermostat on the market designed to help homeowners save money by being more efficient, and that’s why we at Energypro offer them. They’re compatible with most existing HVAC units. They learn your habits and adjust temperatures accordingly. They know when you’re home and away, and will adjust accordingly. If your goal is to never have to worry about or touch a thermostat again, then the Google Nest Learning Thermostat is for you.
Energypro is a Certified Nest Pro installer, which means we have been trained to install and set up a Nest Learning Thermostat. Having your Google Nest Learning thermostat installed by a Nest Pro installer means you’ll receive an additional 3 years on the thermostat’s warranty – pushing coverage out to 5 years.
The best part is this service is complimentary when you go solar with our sister company, Sunpro Solar. Each solar installation guarantees a home efficiency checkup from us and a bounty of home efficiency upgrades including:
- A Google Nest Learning Thermostat
- Up to 64 LED light bulbs
- Air Sealing
- Duct Sealing
- Water Heater Wrap
- Smart Power Strip
If energy efficiency is what you’re wanting, click here to get a free consultation.