Everyone is talking about smart homes these days, and HVAC is a central part of it. From remote access to your air conditioning settings to data about energy usage in real-time, these smart upgrades could help you promote your home comfort and possibly save energy.
One of the best smart home purchases you could make for your home is a smart thermostat. There are a tremendous number of smart devices available right now that may offer a questionable benefit for your personal needs. In most cases, smart thermostats make it easier to use the heating and air conditioning in your home, and also save you money on your energy bills. Smart thermostats connect to your home’s Wi-Fi, which allows them to give you remote access, as well as real-time data about how you use your home’s HVAC system. Some models can help you to figure out settings that work best for your household, without you even really having to think about it.
There are some products on the market that will allow you to control the position of your vents, but they should come with a note of caution. Many homeowners believe that shutting off the vents to rooms that do not need to be cooled or heated will save money and energy. The idea that you could control the position of the vents from your smart phone could seem very appealing. However, most HVAC systems and equipment are designed to function with all existing vents open. Closing vents tightly may create an excess of static pressure and decreased airflow, which might lead to your equipment wearing out before its time. Ask your Sacramento HVAC professional if smart vents might be a good choice for your home. Your technician may need to conduct testing in your home to be sure.
Smart Home Automation
Of course, smart HVAC devices are just one part of an overall trend towards smart home automation. You can certainly purchase individual devices and manage them all separately, using individual applications or other tools. However, many smart HVAC devices are compatible with smart home automation systems. You could install motion sensors to detect when you are near the home, so that the air conditioning or furnace turns on before you arrive. This means that you may be able to connect your smart thermostat and other devices into one system that you could operate using a single control panel or a single application.
Smart technology certainly is a big trend in modern home improvement circles. Smart upgrades for HVAC systems are one of the most effective ways to take advantage of these technological advances with an unquestionable benefit for you, your family and your wallet. To get expert advice about smart HVAC system additions for your home, contact us at Ace Plumbing.