What a Smart Thermostat Can Do for Your Home 08/06/2018For 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 this potential, it is only fitting for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re searching for a way to decrease your energy bills and have more control over your comfort at home, 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 give you even more control when it comes to your HVAC 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 want your thermostat to be able to do, there are some different options: Should it hold the temperature in your home as close as possible to your requested setting? iComfort® systems maintain the temperature in your house within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to. Should it detect your location to instinctively adjust temperatures if you aren’t home? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode distinguishes your location using your phone and adjusts the temperature when you leave. When you’re on your way home, the system adapts 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 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 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 moving from your spot. Ready to find a smart thermostat model that makes your life easier? The team at Abilene Air-Tech Inc can help you get on the right path to home comfort. Contact us at 325-692-5850 or book an appointment with us online. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.