In recent years, smart technology has helped us do everything from track our personal workouts to vacuum our living rooms without much effort on our end. With all these possibilities, it is only fitting for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re in the market for a way to lower your energy bills and gain more control over your home comfort, smart thermostats are an ideal place to start.
Smart thermostats work much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to alter temperatures to use less energy when you’ll be away or asleep. Most of these thermostats let you set schedules for individual days, divide it between weekday and weekend programming or make everyday a consistent temp. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save up to 10 percent on your annual heating and cooling bill by installing a programmable thermostat.
Smart thermostats allow you even more control over your home’s comfort system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can alter your home’s temperature wirelessly, regardless of where you are. That means you can adjust it if anything unexpected happens—whether you’re gone longer than you thought or the weather suddenly changes. That control, plus the energy usage reports your smart model offers, can help you improve your home’s efficiency.
There are smart thermostats with even additional features. Depending on what you would like your thermostat to be able to do, there are a few options:
- Should it keep the temperature in your home as close as possible to your desired setting? iComfort® systems keep the temperature in your home within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
- Should it sense your location to intuitively adjust temperatures when you are gone? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode distinguishes your location using your phone and adjusts the temperature when you leave. When you’re heading home, the system adapts again to make sure you’re comfortable when you enter the home.
- Should your device take the weather conditions into consideration? The iComfort Feels Like™ feature takes weather conditions like temperature and humidity into account while managing the comfort level in your home. That way, 72 degrees always feels like 72 degrees—regardless of what it’s like outside.
- Should it operate with your other smart devices? Some smart thermostats connect with Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit. With voice commands, you can adjust your settings without moving from your spot.
Ready to find a smart thermostat model that makes your life easier? The experts at Paso Robles Heating and Air can help you find a solution. Contact us at 805-203-8667 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.