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 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 be able to regulate your indoor comfort, smart thermostats are a great place to start.
Smart thermostats work much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to adjust 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 constant temperature. 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 give 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 unexpected happens—whether you’re away from home longer than you thought or there is a change in the weather. That control, along with the energy usage reports your smart model offers, 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 want your thermostat to be able to do, there are several options:
- Should it maintain 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 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 enter the 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 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 leaving the couch.
Ready to find a smart thermostat model that meets your needs? The experts at Marcos AC & Heating can help you get on the right path to home comfort. You can reach us us at 713-469-3357 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.