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 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 be able to regulate your indoor comfort, smart thermostats are the perfect place to start.
Smart thermostats operate much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to change temperatures to use less energy when you aren’t at home. Most of these thermostats let you set schedules for individual days, 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 using a programmable thermostat.
Smart thermostats provide 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, regardless of where you are. That means you can adjust it if anything unforeseen happens—whether you’re away from home longer than you thought or the weather suddenly changes. That control, along with 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 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 preferred setting? iComfort® systems maintain 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 when you are gone? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode detects your location using your phone and adjusts the temperature when you leave. When you’re heading home, the system changes again to make sure you’re comfortable when you enter the 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 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 team at Stanford Heating & Cooling can help you find a solution. Call us at 812-825-8695 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and walk you through the options for your home comfort system.