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 these possibilities, it is only fitting for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re in the market for a way to reduce your energy bills and have more control over your comfort at home, smart thermostats are the perfect 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 aren’t at home. Most of these thermostats let you set schedules for individual days, 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 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 alter your home’s temperature wirelessly, from anywhere in the world. That means you can adjust it if anything surprising 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 provides, can help you improve your home’s efficiency. 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 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 home within a half degree of what you set the thermostat to. Should it sense your location to intuitively adjust temperatures if you aren’t home? iComfort’s Smart Away™ mode detects your location using your phone and adjusts the temperature when you leave. When you’re heading home, the system changes again to make sure you’re comfortable when you get home. Should your device take the weather conditions into consideration? 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 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 makes your life easier? The team at Ken Parker Service Inc can help you get on the right path to home comfort. Call us at 903-883-2829 or schedule an appointment with us online. We can answer any questions you have and walk you through the options for your home comfort system.