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 is only fitting 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 have more control over your comfort at home, smart thermostats are an ideal 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 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 utilizing 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 change your home’s temperature wirelessly, no matter where you are located. That means you can adjust it if anything surprising happens—whether you’re away from home longer than you thought or there is a change in the weather. That control, plus the energy usage reports your smart model provides, can help you make your home even more energy efficient.
There are smart thermostats with even additional features. Depending on what you want your thermostat to be able to do, there are some different options:
- Should it maintain the temperature in your home as close as possible to your requested 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 changes again to make sure you’re comfortable when you get home.
- Should your device take the weather conditions into consideration? 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 work with Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit. With voice commands, you can adjust your settings without getting up.
Ready to find a smart thermostat model that matches your home and lifestyle? The team at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating can help you get on the right path to home comfort. Contact us at 979-323-6130 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and walk you through the options for your home comfort system.