In recent years, smart technology has helped us do everything from track our personal workouts to vacuum our living rooms without a lot of effort. 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 lower your energy bills and gain more control over your home comfort, smart thermostats are an ideal place to start.
Smart thermostats operate much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to alter temperatures to use less energy when you aren’t at home. Most of these thermostats let you set schedules for individual days, divide it between weekday and weekend programming or make everyday the same. 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 allow you even more control when it comes to your HVAC system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can adjust your home’s temperature wirelessly, from anywhere in the world. 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, plus the energy usage reports your smart model provides, 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 would like your thermostat to be able to do, there are a few options:
- Should it maintain the temperature in your home as close as possible to your requested setting? iComfort® systems hold 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’re away? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode detects 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 arrive.
- Should your device consider outdoor temperatures and humidity? 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—no matter what the weather throws at you.
- 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 makes your life easier? The pros at Bell Air Conditioning Inc. can help you get started. You can reach us us at 254-307-9572 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and share the options for your home comfort system.