Over the past several years, smart technology has helped us do everything from track our personal workouts to vacuum our living rooms without lifting a finger. With all the advancements in technology, it is a no-brainer for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re searching for a way to lower your energy bills and be able to regulate your indoor comfort, smart thermostats are an ideal place to start.
Smart thermostats operate much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to adjust temperatures to use less energy when you’ll be away or asleep. 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 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 using a programmable thermostat.
Smart thermostats allow you even more control when it comes to your HVAC system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can alter your home’s temperature wirelessly, no matter where you are located. That means you can adjust it if anything unforeseen happens—whether you’re away from home longer than you thought or the temps take a sudden turn. That control, along with the energy usage reports your smart model makes, can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency.
There are smart thermostats with even additional features. Depending on what you desire your thermostat to be able to do, there are a few options:
- Should it hold the temperature in your home as close as possible to your desired setting? iComfort® systems hold the temperature in your house within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
- Should it detect your location to instinctively adjust temperatures if you aren’t home? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode detects your location using your phone and adjusts the temperature when you leave. When you’re on your way home, the system changes again to make sure you’re comfortable when you arrive.
- Should your device adjust to meet the climate? The iComfort Feels Like™ feature takes weather conditions like temperature and humidity into account while adjusting 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 operate with your other smart devices? Some smart thermostats align 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 makes your life easier? The team at Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc can help you get on the right path to home comfort. Contact us at 256-270-1196 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and walk you through the options for your home comfort system.