Over the past several 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 searching 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 alter 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 using a programmable thermostat.
Smart thermostats give you even more control over your home’s comfort system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can adjust your home’s temperature wirelessly, regardless of where you are. That means you can adjust it if anything unforeseen happens—whether you’re gone longer than you thought or there is a change in the weather. That control, along with the energy usage reports your smart model provides, can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency.
If you are looking for additional benefits, there are smart thermostats that are even more advanced. Depending on what you would like 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 desired setting? iComfort® systems keep the temperature in your house within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
- Should it detect your location to instinctively 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 driving home, the system changes again to make sure you’re comfortable when you enter the 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 align with Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit. With voice commands, you can adjust your settings without leaving the couch.
Ready to find a smart thermostat model that matches your home and lifestyle? The experts at Honke Heating & AC can help you get on the right path to home comfort. You can reach us us at 503-663-8033 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and share the options for your home comfort system.