What a Smart Thermostat Can Do for Your Home

August 06, 2018

In recent 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 these possibilities, it only makes sense 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 be able to regulate your indoor comfort, smart thermostats are an ideal place to start.

Smart thermostats run much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to adjust temperatures to use less energy when you’ll be away or asleep. 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 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 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 adjust your home’s temperature wirelessly, no matter where you are located. 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, plus the energy usage reports your smart model provides, can help you make your home even more energy efficient.

There are smart thermostats with even additional features. Depending on what you desire your thermostat to be able to do, there are a few options:

  • Should it maintain the temperature in your home as close as possible to your preferred setting? iComfort® systems hold the temperature in your space within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to.
  • Should it spot your location to intuitively 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 driving home, the system changes again to make sure you’re comfortable when you enter the 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 connect with Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit. With voice commands, you can adjust your settings without getting up.

Ready to find a smart thermostat model that matches your home and lifestyle? The team at Gillman Heating and Air can help you get on the right path to home comfort. You can reach us us at 478-202-3076 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.