What a Smart Thermostat Can Do for Your Home

Technology

For the last few years, smart technology has helped us do everything from track our personal workouts to vacuum our living rooms without lifting a finger. With all these possibilities, 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 change temperatures to use less energy when you aren’t at home. Most of these thermostats let you set schedules for each day of the week, 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 installing a programmable thermostat.

Smart thermostats allow you even more control over your heating and cooling system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can adjust your home’s temperature wirelessly, regardless of where you are. That means you can adjust it if anything surprising happens—whether you’re out of town longer than you thought or there is a change in the weather. That control, plus the energy usage reports your smart model offers, can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency.

Some smart thermostats models have even more benefits. Depending on what you want 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 hold the temperature in your house within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
  • Should it sense your location to instinctively 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 driving home, the system adjusts again to make sure you’re comfortable when you get home.
  • Should your device consider outdoor temperatures and humidity? 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—despite the outdoor conditions.
  • Should it work with your other smart devices? Some smart thermostats align 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 makes your life easier? The team at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. can help you get started. Call us at 559-900-1170 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and walk you through the options for your home comfort system.

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