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 searching for a way to decrease your energy bills and gain more control over your home comfort, smart thermostats are the perfect 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 aren’t at home. 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 utilizing a programmable thermostat. Smart thermostats allow you even more control over your home’s comfort 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 unexpected happens—whether you’re away from home longer than you thought or there is a change in the weather. That control, plus the energy usage reports your smart model offers, can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency. Some smart thermostats models have even more benefits. Depending on what you desire your thermostat to be able to do, there are a few options: Should it hold the temperature in your home as close as possible to your desired setting? iComfort® systems hold the temperature in your house within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to. Should it sense 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 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 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 getting up. Ready to find a smart thermostat model that matches your home and lifestyle? The pros at Colvin's Inc can help you find a solution. You can reach us us at 816-630-2702 or schedule an appointment with us online. We can answer any questions you have and show you the options for your home comfort system.