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 this potential, 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 reduce your energy bills and have more control over your comfort at home, smart thermostats are a great place to start.
Smart thermostats operate 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 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 utilizing a programmable thermostat.
Smart thermostats allow 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, no matter where you are located. That means you can adjust it if anything surprising happens—whether you’re gone longer than you thought or the temps take a sudden turn. That control, plus the energy usage reports your smart model offers, 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 some different options:
- Should it hold the temperature in your home as close as possible to your preferred setting? iComfort® systems maintain the temperature in your space within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
- Should it sense your location to instinctively adjust temperatures if you aren’t home? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode knows your location using your phone and adjusts the temperature when you leave. When you’re on your way home, the system adjusts again to make sure you’re comfortable when you get home.
- Should your device adjust to meet the climate? 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 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 getting up.
Ready to find a smart thermostat model that makes your life easier? The team at Select Comfort Systems Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find a solution. Contact us at 801-305-4777 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and share the options for your home comfort system.