What a Smart Thermostat Can Do for Your Home 08/06/2018Over the past several 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 a no-brainer 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 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 alter temperatures to use less energy when you aren’t at home. 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 give you even more control over your home’s comfort system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can alter your home’s temperature wirelessly, regardless of where you are. That means you can adjust it if anything unexpected happens—whether you’re gone longer than you thought or the temps take a sudden turn. That control, plus the energy usage reports your smart model makes, can help you make your home even more energy efficient. Some smart thermostats models have even more benefits. Depending on what you would like 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 preferred setting? iComfort® systems maintain the temperature in your house within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to. Should it sense your location to intuitively adjust temperatures when you are gone? 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—regardless of what it’s like outside. Should it be compatible 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 matches your home and lifestyle? The team at Air Houston Mechanical LLC can help you get on the right path to home comfort. Call us at 832-777-1521 or book an appointment with us online. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.