Among other benefits, people invest in smart home technology to save on energy bills. As such, it is common for homeowners to invest in smart thermostats that are programmable and Wi-Fi connected. They save about 30 percent on total home energy consumption. But, there is a myriad of things you can do or add to your home to make it more heat and cool efficient. You can design a smart home that intelligently and actively works towards saving energy.
Motorized blinds are used to reduce the amount of energy required to cool or heat your home. They are convenient in that; they can be opened and closed just by pressing a button. So, they let in warmth from the sun and reduce solar heat in the house as needed. You enjoy an energy-controlled and comfortable environment. When used in conjunction with smart home automation technology, motorized blinds can be programmed to adjust automatically in accordance with your home’s heating or cooling needs.
Smart fans can be connected to smart thermostats to control house temperatures. Fans can turn on and off automatically, switch between seasonal settings based on the temperature levels received from the thermostat. It adjusts its speed as temperatures increase, switches direction during winter to push down warm air and reduce your heaters’ usage and workload.
Smart vents contain built-in sensors that communicate with each other and a smart thermostat wirelessly when they sense a need to redirect and regulate the airflow as required. Smart vents also act like room sensors that inform the thermostat when the house is unoccupied to reduce its energy usage. Their occupancy and temperature sensors communicate to the thermostat regarding where you are in the house and if the room temperature is well balanced.
Smart thermostats can work with external sensors to control temperatures in different rooms to ensure that no room is left too hot or too cold. Some thermostats have sensors that are placed in the room whose temperatures fluctuates to assist in evening out the entire house temperature. You could also incorporate built-in occupancy detectors to avoid wasting energy on cooling and heating when you are not home.
With the numerous smart home hubs and applications, you can connect your thermostat to your smartphone and ensure that it is set to an energy saving mode when you are not at home. Also, you set your thermostat to work when you are about to get home so that you arrive to a cool or warm house. Your phone uses geolocation to determine whether you are home or away.
Incorporating smart home automation technology to your home not only increases comfort in your daily life but also assists in reducing your heating and cooling costs. This is an ideal feature especially for homeowners who want to save on utility bills.