For the last few 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 only makes sense 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 gain more control over your home comfort, smart thermostats are the perfect place to start.
Smart thermostats work 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 every day during the week, divide it between weekday and weekend programming or make everyday the same. 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 provide you even more control over your heating and cooling system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can change 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 there is a change in the weather. That control, along with the energy usage reports your smart model makes, can help you improve your home’s efficiency.
Some smart thermostats models have even more benefits. Depending on what you desire 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 preferred setting? iComfort® systems keep the temperature in your house 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 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 managing the comfort level in your home. That way, 72 degrees always feels like 72 degrees—regardless of what it’s like outside.
- 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 moving from your spot.
Ready to find a smart thermostat model that meets your needs? The pros at Precision Mechanical can help you get started. You can reach us us at 605-206-3766 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and share the options for your home comfort system.