What a Smart Thermostat Can Do for Your Home

Technology

Over the past several years, smart technology has helped us do everything from track our personal workouts to vacuum our living rooms without lifting a finger. With all the advancements in technology, it only makes sense for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re in the market for a way to decrease your energy bills and gain more control over your home comfort, smart thermostats are an ideal place to start.

Smart thermostats work much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to adjust temperatures to use less energy when you are away from your house. Most of these thermostats let you set schedules for every day during the week, 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 provide you even more control over your heating and cooling 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 away from home longer than you thought or the weather suddenly changes. That control, combined with the energy usage reports your smart model offers, can help you improve your home’s efficiency.

If you are looking for additional benefits, there are smart thermostats that are even more advanced. Depending on what you desire your thermostat to be able to do, there are several options:

  • Should it hold the temperature in your home as close as possible to your preferred setting? iComfort® systems hold the temperature in your house within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
  • Should it spot your location to intuitively adjust temperatures when you’re away? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode knows 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 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 adjusting the comfort level in your home. That way, 72 degrees always feels like 72 degrees—despite the outdoor conditions.
  • 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 getting up.

Ready to find a smart thermostat model that meets your needs? The pros at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning can help you get started. You can reach us us at 805-688-4018 or arrange an appointment with us online. We can answer any questions you have and share the options for your home comfort system.

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