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 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 reduce your energy bills and gain more control over your home comfort, smart thermostats are the perfect place to start. Smart thermostats operate 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 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 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 surprising happens—whether you’re out of town longer than you thought or the temps take a sudden turn. That control, plus the energy usage reports your smart model offers, 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 want your thermostat to be able to do, there are several options: Should it maintain the temperature in your home as close as possible to your requested setting? iComfort® systems maintain the temperature in your space within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to. Should it sense your location to automatically adjust temperatures if you aren’t home? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode knows your location using your phone and adjusts the temperature when you leave. When you’re heading home, the system adapts 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—despite the outdoor conditions. Should it work with your other smart devices? Some smart thermostats work 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 meets your needs? The team at Central Aire Heating & A/C Inc can help you find a solution. You can reach us us at 318-747-4965 or arrange an appointment with us online. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.