What a Smart Thermostat Can Do for Your Home 08/06/2018Over the past several years, smart technology has helped us do everything from track our personal workouts to vacuum our living rooms without lifting a finger. With all the advancements in technology, it only makes sense for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re in the market for a way to decrease your energy bills and have more control over your comfort at home, smart thermostats are a great place to start. Smart thermostats run much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to change temperatures to use less energy when you’ll be away or asleep. Most of these thermostats let you set schedules for individual days, divide it between weekday and weekend programming or make everyday the same. 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 over your heating and cooling system. Using your smart phone and a compatible app, you can change your home’s temperature wirelessly, no matter where you are located. That means you can adjust it if anything surprising 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 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 a few options: Should it maintain the temperature in your home as close as possible to your requested setting? iComfort® systems keep the temperature in your space within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to. Should it detect your location to intuitively adjust temperatures when you’re away? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode knows 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 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 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 leaving the couch. Ready to find a smart thermostat model that makes your life easier? The pros at Watts Electric & A/C Inc can help you find a solution. Call us at 601-736-7362 or schedule an appointment with us online. We can answer any questions you have and share the options for your home comfort system.