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Smart Thermostat Tips for Small Businesses

By NOPEC on  September 10, 2019

You know the saying, work smarter, not harder? Well, that also applies to the devices in your office. Savvy brands are harnessing the power of smart technology to lower energy costs and maximize their bottom line. For organizations looking to dip their toes in the smart home revolution, a smart thermostat can be one of the best investments to make. Especially for large commercial buildings, smart thermostats are a great way for businesses to save on energy costs while keeping workers comfortable year-round. Follow these smart thermostat best practices.

Find the Right Spot for Your Smart Thermostat

Location, location, location. Put some thought into where you place your smart thermostat. Your thermostat’s location can greatly affect its ability to get a solid and clear reading. Install your smart thermostat on a wall that is away from paintings, mirrors, plants, and furniture. This can help prevent “ghost readings” where your thermostat thinks that a room is either cooler or hotter than it actually is. By providing accurate temperature readings, you can ensure your heating and cooling system is running efficiently.

Adjust Your Heating and Cooling Schedule

Depending on your business hours, it may not be necessary to heat or cool your office at all hours of the day. The U.S. Department of Energy says you can save at least 10 percent a year on heating and cooling costs by turning your thermostat back seven to 10 degrees from its normal setting for eight hours a day. Adjust your smart thermostat, so you’re not using as much heat or air conditioning during non-working hours like nights or weekends. After about a week or so, your smart thermostat should have enough data to automatically program itself to your daily patterns.

Avoid Unnecessary Heating and Cooling

Offices are made up of lots of rooms: conference rooms, break room, kitchen, and of course workspaces. However, not all of these rooms require the same levels of heating or air conditioning. That’s where occupancy sensor features are a major advantage of smart thermostats. These sensors have different functions to help boost your HVAC’s efficiency and save energy costs. For example, an occupied room will likely be warmer than a room that’s not occupied. The smart thermostat, then, will adjust the temperature accordingly.

Measure Your ROI

While smart thermostats come with lots of great features, they can become even more meaningful to your business when you can show the value they provide. Smart thermostats provide reports that track your energy consumption to see how your energy use has changed over time, and how much it will impact your energy bill. Use this data to hone your thermostat strategy as you look for more ways to cut down on energy costs and increase your bottom line.

Smart technology may come with a learning curve but taking the time to learn how to use your smart thermostat to save on your energy bills can help improve your bottom line. Want more tips? Sign up for our newsletter to receive energy-saving tips and chances to win smart home technology.

Tags: NOPEC, Small Business, Energy Efficiency
Categories: Small Business

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