Is your home a smart home, thermostatically speaking?

Taking Care of Business

Smart home technology is one of the most important advancements we use in our homes today. From early adopters to skeptics who now find convenience in asking Alexa to turn on the lights, these devices are found in millions of American households.

From smart plugs and thermostats to smart home hubs, this technology continues to evolve, which brings greater convenience and control to users. There are a number of resources available to transform your home into a smart home: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit™, Google Assistant, and IFTTT are a few of the most well known devices. No matter what smart home system you’ve adopted, there are a vast selection of products available that integrate to expand your capabilities, making the home more efficient and easier to manage.

More than half of all Americans now turn to smart home products to save time. Approximately 57 percent of Americans shave about 30 minutes off their daily duties and tasks with the help of smart devices. Once that first smart product is integrated into the home, homeowners tend to want more. And 70 percent of consumers say the purchase of their first smart product has led them to want more. Who wouldn’t want to simplify their routines with a little help?

While there are now many different types of smart home devices, one of the earliest to make its way into homes was the smart thermostat. In fact, homebuyers prefer homes with smart thermostats installed over all other types of smart home devices, including fire and carbon monoxide detectors, security cameras and locks, and lighting systems. While programmable thermostats revolutionized heating and cooling temperature scheduling for enhanced energy savings, the smart thermostat now delivers the ultimate convenience where your HVAC system is concerned. If you’re unfamiliar with how smart thermostats work, take a look:

  • A smart thermostat “learns” your temperature preferences and schedule to maximize energy savings through optimized settings.
  • After installation, you set the thermostat for a short period of time, which helps the thermostat “learn” your routine and what you like.
  • Once the learning period is finished, the smart thermostat takes over and makes automatic temperature adjustments throughout the day to deliver reliable comfort in the home while optimizing energy savings through heating and cooling consumption.
  • The features don’t stop there — a smart thermostat creates usable data regarding energy use to help you further lower consumption. It keeps an eye on your HVAC system, notifying you when maintenance is needed or if the system is using too much energy — a cause for concern. It knows when you leave, when you’re about to arrive home, monitors weather conditions and humidity levels, offers remote access through Wi-Fi connectivity and so much more.
  • A nice built-in feature in some smart thermostats is that if the thermostat detects a problem with your HVAC system, it instantly alerts your service provider, who often knows you have a comfort issue before you do!

Imagine eliminating constant trips to the thermostat to adjust temperatures. With a smart thermostat, you are able to set temperatures from a smartphone or tablet, and some models even offer voice control! Never disrupt a comfortable moment at home again and lessen your home’s energy consumption and carbon emissions as you relax. Communicate with your smart home assistant to change temperatures the same way you’d adjust lighting levels — just ask! Smart thermostats use signals from connected smartphones to sense when you leave and return home and set temperatures that keep you cozy without wasting energy. They monitor outdoor temperatures and humidity levels to set indoor temperatures smarter, which maintains your perfect temperature with less energy use.

Smart thermostats feature stylish design, customizable interfaces, touchscreen technology and more to deliver the ultimate connected portal to your home’s HVAC equipment. System alerts tell you when the system needs attention, whether it’s a filter change, tune up or repair visit, helping you further control HVAC energy consumption in your home.

No matter what smart home technology you’ve chosen for your household, there are a multitude of products and systems available to help you simplify tasks and save energy. As heating and cooling energy consumption account for approximately half of the average household’s energy consumption, a smart thermostat is an excellent smart home product for homeowners focused on savings and comfort. Take your home to a new level when you make your HVAC system smarter — check out the versatile line of smart thermostat products from your preferred home comfort provider and find the right fit for you…and your home.

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John Kennedy is general manager of Art Newsome, Inc. and can be reached at 873-0345 or by email at

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