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 a lot of effort. With all the advancements in technology, it is only fitting for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re in the market for a way to reduce your energy bills and gain more control over your home comfort, smart thermostats are the perfect 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 individual days, 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 installing a programmable thermostat. Smart thermostats allow 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, from anywhere in the world. That means you can adjust it if anything unforeseen happens—whether you’re away from home longer than you thought or the temps take a sudden turn. That control, along with the energy usage reports your smart model makes, can help you improve your home’s efficiency. 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 hold the temperature in your home as close as possible to your desired setting? iComfort® systems hold the temperature in your home within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to. Should it spot your location to automatically adjust temperatures when you’re away? 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 enter the home. Should your device adjust to meet the climate? 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 operate with your other smart devices? Some smart thermostats work with Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit. With voice commands, you can adjust your settings without leaving the couch. Ready to find a smart thermostat model that makes your life easier? The team at Arrings A/C & Heating can help you get on the right path to home comfort. Contact us at 281-713-8304 or book an appointment with us online. We can answer any questions you have and share the options for your home comfort system.