For the last few 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 these possibilities, it is only fitting for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re searching 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 operate much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to change 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 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 using a programmable thermostat.
Smart thermostats give you even more control when it comes to your HVAC system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can change your home’s temperature wirelessly, regardless of where you are. That means you can adjust it if anything unforeseen 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 offers, can help you make your home even more energy efficient.
Some smart thermostats models have even more benefits. Depending on what you desire 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 requested setting? iComfort® systems hold the temperature in your house within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
- Should it detect your location to automatically 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 driving home, the system adjusts 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 adjusting the comfort level in your home. That way, 72 degrees always feels like 72 degrees—regardless of what it’s like outside.
- 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 leaving the couch.
Ready to find a smart thermostat model that matches your home and lifestyle? The experts at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc can help you get started. Contact us at 715-301-0256 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.