For the past several years, HVAC contractors have been encouraged to offer their customers programmable thermostats. In theory, they’re great…consumers can save anywhere from 10 to 30% on the heating and cooling portion of their energy bills by programming the thermostats for maximum comfort when the space is occupied and scheduling it for highest efficiency when it’s unoccupied. But, there was only one problem…they are too complicated for end users and the programming features are rarely used. In fact, it is reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), that less than 20% of people who have programmable thermostats actually program them.
The solution: WiFi or “smart” thermostats.
In today’s connected world, the smart device (phone or tablet or computer) was the most obvious place to add control of the thermostat. Using a WiFi thermostat has become most consumers preferred way to control the temperature and save money on energy bills. WiFi thermostats still do basic operations like turning up the heat, turning down cooling. But, it now can be done more easily, remotely and/or audibly.
It’s predicted that smart thermostats will take over the thermostat world completely within five years. Today’s consumers are demanding them like crazy. So, contractors, embrace this change. If you don’t, someone else will. Consider this: who of us wants the cable company to install our customers thermostats? We don’t think any contractor does. So, we must evolve…to the Internet of Things, and that includes thermostats.
Jackson Systems provides the most comprehensive offering of — and education for — WiFi thermostats available today. Every day, we talk with contractors to let them know what brands are available, understand their capabilities, and moreover, what complementary products go with them. These smart products go beyond the thermostat with even more opportunities for sales, including security and home protection, CO/smoke detectors, cameras, water leak detectors and so much more. The deeper you dive into the Internet of HVAC things, the more profits you can make.
WiFi thermostats and other smart products are the fastest growing segment of contractor sales out there right now. It’s probably why Google bought Nest. There are products for every consumer’s preference for connectivity whether they use Amazon Alexa, Apple Home, Google Home, Google Assistant or any others.
To browse our offering of WiFi thermostats and other smart products, visit us at https://jacksonsystems.com/category/home-automation-1.html. If you are confused by all of the brands and products out there, call your Jackson Systems representative at 888-652-9663 for a clearer understanding, or view our video library featuring the top brands including Nest, ecobee, Lux, White-Rodgers, Lyric and more at https://jacksonsystems.com/category/demand-trainings.html. These on-demand videos will help you understand the features and benefits of every WiFi thermostat we sell.