Over the past several years, smart technology has helped us do everything from track our personal workouts to vacuum our living rooms without a lot of effort. With all these possibilities, it is a no-brainer 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 be able to regulate your indoor comfort, smart thermostats are a great place to start.
Smart thermostats run much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to adjust temperatures to use less energy when you aren’t at home. Most of these thermostats let you set schedules for each day of the week, divide it between weekday and weekend programming or make everyday a constant temperature. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save up to 10 percent on your annual heating and cooling bill by using a programmable thermostat.
Smart thermostats give you even more control over your heating and cooling 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 surprising happens—whether you’re away from home longer than you thought or the weather suddenly changes. That control, combined with the energy usage reports your smart model provides, can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency.
Some smart thermostats models have even more benefits. Depending on what you desire your thermostat to be able to do, there are some different options:
- Should it keep the temperature in your home as close as possible to your desired setting? iComfort® systems hold the temperature in your home within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
- Should it spot your location to instinctively adjust temperatures when you are gone? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode knows your location using your phone and adjusts the temperature when you leave. When you’re heading home, the system adjusts again to make sure you’re comfortable when you arrive.
- Should your device take the weather conditions into consideration? The iComfort Feels Like™ feature takes weather conditions like temperature and humidity into account while altering the comfort level in your home. That way, 72 degrees always feels like 72 degrees—no matter what the weather throws at you.
- Should it work with your other smart devices? Some smart thermostats work with Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit. With voice commands, you can adjust your settings without leaving the couch.
Ready to find a smart thermostat model that matches your home and lifestyle? The team at North Mechanical Heating and Cooling can help you get on the right path to home comfort. Call us at 928-263-8570 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and walk you through the options for your home comfort system.