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What a Smart Thermostat Can Do for Your Home

Over the past several 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 a no-brainer for smart technology to help us make our home comfort systems more efficient. If you’re searching for a way to lower your energy bills and have more control over your comfort at home, smart thermostats are the perfect place to start.

Smart thermostats work much like a programmable thermostat. Standard programmable models allow you to adjust 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 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 utilizing a programmable thermostat.

Smart thermostats give you even more control over your home’s comfort 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 out of town longer than you thought or the temps take a sudden turn. That control, combined with the energy usage reports your smart model makes, can help you increase your home’s energy efficiency.

If you are looking for additional benefits, there are smart thermostats that are even more advanced. Depending on what you desire your thermostat to be able to do, there are some different options:

  • Should it hold the temperature in your home as close as possible to your requested 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 if you aren’t home? 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 get 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—despite the outdoor conditions.
  • 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 Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. can help you find a solution. You can reach us us at 803-265-4208 to an appointment with us. We can answer any questions you have and share the options for your home comfort system.

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