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 is a no-brainer for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re searching for a way to lower 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 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 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 allow you even more control over your home’s comfort system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can change your home’s temperature wirelessly, from anywhere in the world. That means you can adjust it if anything unforeseen happens—whether you’re gone longer than you thought or the temps take a sudden turn. That control, plus the energy usage reports your smart model provides, can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency.
There are smart thermostats with even additional features. Depending on what you desire 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 maintain the temperature in your space within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
- Should it spot your location to intuitively adjust temperatures when you’re away? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode knows your location using your phone and adjusts the temperature when you leave. When you’re on your way home, the system changes again to make sure you’re comfortable when you get home.
- Should your device adjust to meet the climate? 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 align 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 Three Rivers Heating & Cooling can help you get started. Contact us at 503-213-4433 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and walk you through the options for your home comfort system.