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 the advancements in technology, 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 decrease your energy bills and be able to regulate your indoor comfort, smart thermostats are the perfect place to start.
Smart thermostats work much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to change temperatures to use less energy when you’ll be away or asleep. Most of these thermostats let you set schedules for individual days, 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 home’s comfort system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can change your home’s temperature wirelessly, no matter where you are located. That means you can adjust it if anything unexpected happens—whether you’re out of town longer than you thought or the temps take a sudden turn. That control, combined with the energy usage reports your smart model makes, can help you make your home even more energy efficient.
There are smart thermostats with even additional features. Depending on what you want 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 desired setting? iComfort® systems keep the temperature in your home within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
- Should it spot 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 driving home, the system changes again to make sure you’re comfortable when you enter the home.
- Should your device take the weather conditions into consideration? The iComfort Feels Like™ feature takes weather conditions like temperature and humidity into account while altering 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 operate 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 Brandon Heating and Plumbing can help you find a solution. Contact us at 204-728-0180 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and share the options for your home comfort system.