In recent 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 in the market for a way to lower your energy bills and be able to regulate your indoor comfort, smart thermostats are an ideal place to start.
Smart thermostats operate much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to adjust temperatures to use less energy when you are away from your house. Most of these thermostats let you set schedules for each day of 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 utilizing 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 adjust your home’s temperature wirelessly, regardless of where you are. That means you can adjust it if anything surprising happens—whether you’re out of town longer than you thought or the weather suddenly changes. That control, combined with the energy usage reports your smart model provides, can help you make your home even more energy efficient.
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 keep the temperature in your home as close as possible to your preferred 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 are gone? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode distinguishes your location using your phone and adjusts the temperature when you leave. When you’re heading home, the system changes again to make sure you’re comfortable when you enter the 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—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 matches your home and lifestyle? The experts at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. can help you get on the right path to home comfort. Contact us at 918-682-8238 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.