Nexia Home Intelligence Will Keep Your Home Safe and Comfortable for Less
According to the Department of Energy heating and cooling accounts for around 56 percent of the typical American home’s energy bill. Reducing your use of your HVAC system can save you substantial money. Don’t worry though, this doesn’t mean that you have to suffer during sweltering summers or bundle up during the winter. These savings can be achieved through more efficient use of your thermostat so that your home is cooled or heated only when you are actually there. The Department of Energy estimates that effective use of a programmable thermostat can save you $180 per year in electric costs.
But why settle only for more efficient use o f your HVAC system? The Nexia Home Intelligence allows you complete control of your entire home. Among the products available are:
- Appliance modules with AC plug-ins, allowing you to connect any appliance with a plug into the Nexia Home Intelligence network. Remotely command your coffee pot, lamps, or any other electrical appliance.
- Cameras to keep an eye on your home and property when you are away.
- Schlage door locks with multi-programmable keypads and remote access. With these locks you can assign different codes for different people, along with text or email notification whenever a specific code is used. The keypad is so flexible you can actually program a code to work only during a specific time period, such as for a housekeeper’s weekly visit. The lock can be remotely accessed as well, allowing you to let the cable guy or any other service staff in even when you’re not home.
- Remote sensors that can operate the other modules, such as turning on lights whenever you enter a room.
Of course total control of the home is handy, and better use of lights and other appliances can help you save on your energy bill as well, but the line of thermostats compatible with Nexia Home Intelligence are where you will truly cut costs. A basic programmable thermostat may save you $180 but without wireless access you probably won’t save all the money you could be.
Suppose you work until 5 pm and program your thermostat to begin cooling the home at 4 pm. What happens when you decide to go for drinks after work and don’t get back your house until late that evening? Your HVAC system will have been running for hours that it could have been off, needlessly burning energy and running up your bill. If you had Nexia Home Intelligence with an energy management thermostat you could remotely turn off your heating and cooling system.
The Nexia Home Intelligence also uses the remote connectivity feature to remind you when to change your filters and perform maintenance on your HVAC system. Given that the Institute for Building Efficiency estimates regular maintenance can reduce energy costs anywhere from 5 to 40 percent you can save even more money.
The small initial cost of a Nexia Home Intelligence system may be offset as soon as a year from purchase. It also provides convenience well in excess of the purchase price, giving you more control over your home to keep it safe and comfortable. If you’re looking for a programmable thermostat with wireless capabilities there’s no more flexible option than the Nexia Home Intelligence series.
By Frank Prestwood