Once upon a time, maintaining the temperature and comfort level of your home meant running back and forth to the thermostat and trying to remember to adjust it at bedtime. However, with the evolution of smart technologies and wireless capability, you can put many parts of your life, including your HVAC system, on autopilot.
Top Ways Technology Is Improving Indoor Comfort:
Programmable thermostats, also known as smart thermostats, have multiple benefits for your comfort and your wallet.
- A smart thermostat operates your HVAC system on a preprogrammed schedule that keeps the unit from running or only running minimally when you’re not home. This allows you to save money on your utility bills and reduces wear and tear on your equipment. When your system doesn’t work as hard, you get fewer repair bills.
- Programmable thermostats can be set to run on a daily schedule according to your comfort level. For example, if you like your bedroom to be cooler when you sleep, you can tell the thermostat to let the temperature start to drop an hour or so before bedtime. By the same token, if you’re away on a trip, you can tell the system to start running a few hours before you arrive home.
- You are always in control of your system via your smartphone if you have the right kind of thermostat. If you find yourself heading home in the middle of the day unexpectedly, you can tell the smart thermostat to begin adjusting the temperature while you’re on the way. If you find you’ll be gone longer than planned, you can delay the preset operating schedule.
Air Quality Monitoring:
If someone in your home lives with asthma, allergies, or another condition that makes him or her sensitive to foreign particles in the air, you already know the importance of monitoring the air quality around you. Even if you don’t have anyone in your household who has these sensitivities, improving the indoor air quality is still beneficial to your health.
Air quality sensors can give you valuable feedback on how to clean the atmosphere inside your home is. It can help you remember when it’s time to change filters. You may even want to track this data over time to get an idea of how the air quality in your home changes throughout the seasons.
Humidity poses more problems than just discomfort with the temperature. High humidity can irritate your sinuses and trigger allergies in those affected by those problems. Harmful particles and organisms in the air proliferate in humid climates, indoors and outside. You can control the humidity in your home with the latest generation of dehumidifiers. Many are capable of joining your home network and can be controlled by your smart device.
Advances in technology have made it easier to stay in touch with loved ones, find information on almost anything, and manage your finances. Now, you can apply those same principles to managing your utility bills and keeping your home comfortable. Try out some new technology to see how easy it is to stay happy at home.