Over the past several years, smart technology has helped us do everything from track our personal workouts to vacuum our living rooms without lifting a finger. With all these possibilities, it is only fitting for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re searching for a way to reduce your energy bills and be able to regulate your indoor 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 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 utilizing a programmable thermostat.
Smart thermostats allow you even more control over your home’s comfort 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 weather suddenly changes. That control, plus the energy usage reports your smart model offers, can help you improve your home’s efficiency.
There are smart thermostats with even additional features. Depending on what you desire your thermostat to be able to do, there are several options:
- Should it hold the temperature in your home as close as possible to your preferred setting? iComfort® systems hold the temperature in your space within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
- Should it detect 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 driving home, the system adapts again to make sure you’re comfortable when you get home.
- Should your device take the weather conditions into consideration? 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—regardless of what it’s like outside.
- 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 meets your needs? The experts at Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc can help you get started. Call us at 262-358-9468 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.