Of all the new smart home devices to show up in recent consumer shows and electronic stores, the smart thermostat is possibly the most successful. Allowing for a finer control of interior temperatures than ever before, the smart thermostat is clearly the wave of the climate-control future. Here are just some of the incredible things they can do.
- Programmable Temperatures
Almost all smart thermostats incorporate programmable elements, meaning that users can designate changes to the temperature throughout the day, week, or even month to happen on a regular schedule. This is a great way to make sure that you don’t accidentally leave on your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system during hours when no one will be in the home. It can also save money by changing temperatures when residents are likely to be asleep and thus less picky about the exact current temperature.
- Remote Control
Smart thermostats aren’t limited by your physical presence, however. A smart thermostat is capable of interfacing with the internet signal in your home and connecting to authorized devices like your smartphone or tablet, giving you control over the temperature in your house in the palm of your hand. This is helpful if, for instance, you realize halfway through your commute that you left the AC on. It also lets you check in on things during a vacation, making sure your home remains at a livable temperature for any pets you have left behind without wasting energy.
- Zone Heating and Cooling
Many of the more modern smart thermostats allow for even finer control of the climate in the home. These smart thermostats are capable of zone heating and cooling or applying different amounts of temperature correction in defined regions of the home. This helps, for instance, keep rooms cool for those who need low temperatures for their best sleep without expending a lot of energy keeping an inactive living room cold, as well. If your family often goes back and forth on what temperature to keep the thermostat at, getting a tech to install a zone-capable system might be the best way to keep the peace.
One other amazing way smart thermostats are improving lives is making homes more accessible for those with mobility issues. Whether bound to a wheelchair or on crutches or otherwise unable to get around as well as some others, those with mobility issues can end up unable to adjust some of the features in their own homes, which may have been designed without a thought to how they can be accessed by everyone. With thermostat access as simple as installing an app, a smart thermostat lets such people control their comfort from bed or other furniture, saving them a potentially strenuous trip through the home.
In the near future, smart thermostats will likely come equipped standard on most houses and apartments. In the meantime, you can get a jump on the march of technology by installing one in your home today and reaping the benefits of increased comfort and decreased energy bills that they provide. Make your home an energy efficient home that will make your life easier and you will have the peace of mind that you are doing your part to help save our natural resources.