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 this potential, it only makes sense for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re in the market for a way to reduce your energy bills and gain more control over your home comfort, smart thermostats are the perfect place to start.
Smart thermostats work much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to change temperatures to use less energy when you are away from your house. 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 over your heating and cooling 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 unforeseen happens—whether you’re gone longer than you thought or there is a change in the weather. That control, plus the energy usage reports your smart model makes, can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency.
If you are looking for additional benefits, there are smart thermostats that are even more advanced. Depending on what you would like 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 desired setting? iComfort® systems keep 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’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 adapts again to make sure you’re comfortable when you get 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 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 experts at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating can help you find a solution. Call us at 800-296-5088 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.