For the last few 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 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 looking for a way to decrease your energy bills and gain more control over your home comfort, smart thermostats are an ideal place to start.
Smart thermostats operate much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to change temperatures to use less energy when you aren’t at home. Most of these thermostats let you set schedules for every day during 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 utilizing a programmable thermostat.
Smart thermostats provide you even more control over your heating and cooling system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can adjust your home’s temperature wirelessly, from anywhere in the world. That means you can adjust it if anything unexpected 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 makes, can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency.
There are smart thermostats with even additional features. Depending on what you want 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 requested setting? iComfort® systems keep the temperature in your home 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 distinguishes your location using your phone and adjusts the temperature when you leave. When you’re driving 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 managing the comfort level in your home. That way, 72 degrees always feels like 72 degrees—despite the outdoor conditions.
- Should it operate with your other smart devices? Some smart thermostats work 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 Air Concepts of Middle Georgia can help you get started. Contact us at 478-200-5689 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.