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 much effort on our end. 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 looking for a way to decrease your energy bills and be able to regulate your indoor comfort, smart thermostats are an ideal place to start. Smart thermostats operate much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to change temperatures to use less energy when you are away from your house. Most of these thermostats let you set schedules for each day of 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 installing a programmable thermostat. Smart thermostats provide 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 away from home longer than you thought or the weather suddenly changes. That control, along with the energy usage reports your smart model makes, can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency. There are smart thermostats with even additional features. Depending on what you desire your thermostat to be able to do, there are some different options: Should it maintain the temperature in your home as close as possible to your desired setting? iComfort® systems hold 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 when you are gone? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode distinguishes 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 arrive. Should your device consider outdoor temperatures and humidity? 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—despite the outdoor conditions. 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 leaving the couch. Ready to find a smart thermostat model that meets your needs? The experts at Wolfe & Sons Inc can help you get on the right path to home comfort. Call us at 614-451-0846 or arrange an appointment with us online. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.