In recent 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 is a no-brainer for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re looking for a way to decrease 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’ll be away or asleep. 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 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 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 unexpected happens—whether you’re out of town longer than you thought or there is a change in the weather. That control, along with the energy usage reports your smart model makes, can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency.
Some smart thermostats models have even more benefits. Depending on what you want your thermostat to be able to do, there are several options:
- Should it keep the temperature in your home as close as possible to your desired setting? iComfort® systems keep the temperature in your home within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
- Should it sense 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 arrive.
- Should your device consider outdoor temperatures and humidity? 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—despite the outdoor conditions.
- 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 makes your life easier? The pros at Kapaun & Brown Inc. can help you find a solution. Contact us at 641-812-2028 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and share the options for your home comfort system.