In recent years, smart technology has helped us do everything from track our personal workouts to vacuum our living rooms without much effort on our end. With all this potential, it only makes sense for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re in the market for a way to decrease your energy bills and gain more control over your home comfort, smart thermostats are a great place to start.
Smart thermostats run much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to adjust temperatures to use less energy when you are away from your house. 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 give 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 the temps take a sudden turn. That control, combined 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 want your thermostat to be able to do, there are a few options:
- Should it maintain the temperature in your home as close as possible to your preferred 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 intuitively adjust temperatures when you’re away? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode distinguishes your location using your phone and adjusts the temperature when you leave. When you’re on your way home, the system adapts 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 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 be compatible with your other smart devices? Some smart thermostats connect 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 matches your home and lifestyle? The team at TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical can help you get on the right path to home comfort. You can reach us us at 847-362-0262 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and share the options for your home comfort system.