For the last few 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 operate much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to alter temperatures to use less energy when you’ll be away or asleep. Most of these thermostats let you set schedules for individual days, 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 installing a programmable thermostat.
Smart thermostats allow you even more control when it comes to your HVAC system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can change your home’s temperature wirelessly, no matter where you are located. That means you can adjust it if anything unexpected happens—whether you’re out of town longer than you thought or there is a change in the weather. That control, combined with the energy usage reports your smart model offers, can help you increase your home’s energy 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 hold the temperature in your space within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
- Should it spot your location to instinctively adjust temperatures when you’re away? 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 adjusts 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—regardless of what it’s like outside.
- Should it work with your other smart devices? Some smart thermostats align 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 makes your life easier? The experts at CNR Air Conditioning Inc can help you get started. Call us at 239-241-5318 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and share the options for your home comfort system.