For the last few years, smart technology has helped us do everything from track our personal workouts to vacuum our living rooms without a lot of effort. With all these possibilities, it only makes sense for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re looking for a way to reduce your energy bills and have more control over your comfort at home, smart thermostats are the perfect place to start.
Smart thermostats operate 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 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 provide you even more control over your heating and cooling 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 out of town longer than you thought or the temps take a sudden turn. That control, combined 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 desire your thermostat to be able to do, there are a few options:
- Should it hold the temperature in your home as close as possible to your requested setting? iComfort® systems hold the temperature in your home within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
- Should it detect your location to automatically 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 adapts 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—no matter what the weather throws at you.
- Should it operate with your other smart devices? Some smart thermostats connect 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 pros at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning can help you find a solution. Call us at 800-COOLING to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.