There’s nothing better than coming home after a hot day to a nice cool home, but no one wants to pay to cool their home all day while they’re at work. Smart thermostats connected to a cooling system can be the solution.
You can easily program your smart thermostat to cool your home prior to your arrival home each day. Many smart thermostats pair seamlessly with smart phone apps, so you can even do this when you're out and about.
Most homes use more energy over the summer months. A smart thermostat can help cut down on that, allowing you to remotely control the climate of your home and set timers dictating when your AC will run.
Rather than having to leave your cooling system set to one temperature all day long, you can now program it to hit your ideal temperature later in the day, cutting back on how much your AC runs when you’re not there. This results in significant energy savings.
Many smart thermostats also allow you to better analyze your energy usage, which is useful in helping you to learn how to cut back effectively.
Cutting down on how much you run your cooling system will save you a nice chunk of change on your energy bill.
Smart Thermostat Features to Look For
Many smart thermostats feature humidity sensors that help you to better understand how to use your cooling system during the warm weather months. This is important because high levels of humidity within your home due to warm temperatures can result in the unwanted growth of mold and bacteria.
This can be particularly helpful if you’re using your smart thermostat to monitor a home where you’re not present. Aim for between 40% and 50% humidity (keep it closer to 40% in winter to avoid window condensation).
Habit Learning Features
Some smart thermostats are equipped with the ability to learn your temperature setting habits. That means that in the summer, your thermostat will work with your cooling system to cool your home when it recognizes you'll be home, and will turn off when it knows you typically bump the temperature up. This negates the need for thermostat scheduling, saving you even more time.
Geofencing allows your thermostat to use your smartphone and a coordinating app to understand when you're out of a certain radius in relation to your home. When that happens, the system shifts automatically to “away” mode, minimizing the use of your cooling system, saving energy and money. On many of these devices, you get to set the geofencing parameters yourself.
Another high-tech option that makes integration with your cooling system simple for smart thermostats is the ability for these devices to listen to voice commands. Especially for those devices that pair well with smart home hubs, it’s easy to tell your thermostat what you want your cooling system to do by just speaking to it. It doesn’t get more simple than that!
With so many options on the market, it’s a no brainer to invest in a smart thermostat to gain better control over and insight into your cooling system and your usage during the summer months.