Your home should be a haven against the elements in winter — a place where you can take comfort in the evenings and on snowy weekends. However, cold spots and drafty rooms can make your home a lot less inviting during the winter. Never fear! A smart thermostat can keep your home cozy when the mercury falls.
Warm Your House When You Want To
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A smart thermostat puts you in total control, allowing you to warm your house when you’re home and keep it cool to save energy while you’re away. No more shivering when you wake up in the morning or when you come home from a long day at work. Simply program your thermostat to turn on and warm your home before you rise, reduce the temperature when you depart, then activate it from your smartphone as you leave the office in the evening.
Many cutting-edge smart thermostats get to know your habits, so before long you can simply set and forget the controls. If your habits change — if you start working nights, for instance — you can simply adjust the settings to start the learning process again.
It doesn’t always take a change in habits to encourage you to adjust your settings. Perhaps you’re simply rugged up on the couch with slippers, binge-watching your favorite TV show. When you’re feeling settled but a little warm under your blanket, simply use your smartphone to turn the temp down.
Make Your Favorite Zones Cozy and Warm
Some of the most innovative smart thermostats feature zone technology that lets you set different temperatures for different zones in your home. This allows you to make high-traffic areas, such as your living room and bedroom, cozy and warm while keeping rooms you use less frequently, like your guest bedrooms, cooler for energy savings. This is great for people who worry about higher electricity bills over winter. When you use zone technology, you can enjoy the energy savings you want without compromising on comfort.
That doesn’t mean you have to be cold when you’re in rooms you don’t often use though. The most high-tech smart thermostats have motion sensors that detect your presence and raise the temperature to keep you comfortable.
Control the Thermostat While You’re Away
A tropical getaway is a welcome escape from an icy winter. If you’re lucky enough to travel during the winter, your smart thermostat has you covered. You can check your home’s temperature from any internet-enabled device, so you don’t need to stress about whether you turned off your HVAC system. Check in at any time to confirm your home is cool enough to save power, yet warm enough to prevent pipes from freezing. You can also increase the temperature when your Airbnb guests arrive, ensuring they’re comfortable enough to give you a high rating.
The global smart thermostat market grew to a value of more than $1.1 billion last year as more people discovered how effectively these devices can keep their homes cool in summer and cozy during winter. Install one and experience the difference in your own home.