For the last few 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 this potential, it is a no-brainer 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 have more control over your comfort at home, smart thermostats are the perfect place to start.
Smart thermostats run 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 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 using 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 alter your home’s temperature wirelessly, regardless of where you are. That means you can adjust it if anything surprising happens—whether you’re gone longer than you thought or the temps take a sudden turn. That control, combined with the energy usage reports your smart model provides, can help you make your home even more energy efficient.
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 home 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 heading 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 managing 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 moving from your spot.
Ready to find a smart thermostat model that makes your life easier? The experts at Lycoming Heating Company can help you find a solution. Contact us at 570-326-4450 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and walk you through the options for your home comfort system.