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 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 lower your energy bills and gain more control over your home comfort, smart thermostats are the perfect place to start.
Smart thermostats operate much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to adjust 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 utilizing a programmable thermostat.
Smart thermostats provide 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 surprising happens—whether you’re gone longer than you thought or there is a change in the weather. That control, combined with the energy usage reports your smart model makes, can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency.
Some smart thermostats models have even more benefits. Depending on what you would like your thermostat to be able to do, there are a few options:
- Should it hold the temperature in your home as close as possible to your requested setting? iComfort® systems keep the temperature in your space within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
- Should it detect your location to intuitively adjust temperatures when you are gone? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode distinguishes your location using your phone and adjusts the temperature when you leave. When you’re heading home, the system adjusts 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 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 operate with your other smart devices? Some smart thermostats align 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 meets your needs? The pros at Contra Costa Heating & AC can help you find a solution. Contact us at 510-343-9841 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.