Over the past several 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 the advancements in technology, it is a no-brainer for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re looking for a way to decrease your energy bills and be able to regulate your indoor comfort, smart thermostats are a great place to start.
Smart thermostats run 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 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 provide you even more control when it comes to your HVAC system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can alter your home’s temperature wirelessly, regardless of where you are. That means you can adjust it if anything unexpected happens—whether you’re away from home longer than you thought or the temps take a sudden turn. That control, combined with the energy usage reports your smart model offers, can help you make your home even more energy efficient.
There are smart thermostats with even additional features. Depending on what you would like your thermostat to be able to do, there are some different options:
- Should it keep the temperature in your home as close as possible to your preferred setting? iComfort® systems maintain the temperature in your home within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
- Should it spot your location to intuitively 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 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 managing the comfort level in your home. That way, 72 degrees always feels like 72 degrees—no matter what the weather throws at you.
- Should it work 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 meets your needs? The experts at Appalachian Heating can help you get on the right path to home comfort. Call us at 304-707-0600 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and walk you through the options for your home comfort system.