In recent 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 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 run much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to alter temperatures to use less energy when you are away from your house. 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 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 give you even more control when it comes to your HVAC system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can adjust your home’s temperature wirelessly, no matter where you are located. That means you can adjust it if anything unexpected 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 makes, can help you make your home even more energy efficient.
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 desired 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 intuitively 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 adjusts again to make sure you’re comfortable when you get home.
- Should your device consider outdoor temperatures and humidity? 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 getting up.
Ready to find a smart thermostat model that matches your home and lifestyle? The pros at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning can help you get started. Contact us at 432-237-0168 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.