With the home automation system, you are able to monitor and change the temperature settings via the touchscreen thermostat or a smartphone app. The mobile app for your newly-installed home automation system can help you remotely control temperatures from anywhere.
What is Smart Home Automation?
Instead of housework, isn’t it time that our house started working for us? Smart home technology aims to make that a reality. And it is making some impressive progress in that direction.
Today, a large number of electronic devices and household appliances can be programmed and managed remotely through smart home apps. Programmable devices can be connected via network hubs and or WiFi network in the home. A single app downloaded onto your tablet or smartphone then allows you to adjust things like lighting, shades, the stereo, security system, heating and air conditioning.
This might sound complicated. Let’s look at some examples to see how smart home technology could make your day-to-day life easier.
Smart home applications can set a program for lights around the house to turn on and off at certain times. Using the app on your phone, you can check if your door is locked without needing to go back home. If the alarm system sends you a notification while you’re on vacation, just check the live security camera feed.
Not only are smart home systems convenient, but they deliver significant energy savings. For example, it’s possible to program a smart dishwasher to run after midnight, when electricity probably costs less in your area. This is true for Pennsylvania residents with time-of-use utility rates.
Smart Home Automation for Heating & Air Conditioning
Along with a smart thermostat, a smart home system can be your best ally in lowering the amount of energy used to heat and cool your house. Similar to the way that air balancing ensures a comfortable temperature throughout the home, smart home automation regulates the temperature in the home all through the day, week, season and year.
Become a ‘smart’ homeowner and decrease the amount of energy consumed during the day and throughout the week. It will help you spend less money on utilities each season and add up to big savings during the year.
Optimize HVAC Use During the Day & Week
Heating and air conditioning needs are not constant for most homeowners. They fluctuate depending on the time of day, the day of the week and temperatures outside. HVAC systems use less energy when programmed to optimize temperatures based on your specific needs.
Smart home automation can be used to reduce the heating and air conditioning output while you’re at work, for example. A mild temperature can be maintained inside when nobody is home to save energy consumption. Then, the program can be set to lower or raise the temperature just before you usually get back home in the evening. With a smart home app, you could also set a different on-off schedule for the HVAC unit on the weekends.
There are now some super ‘smart’ thermostats on the market. Using a type of artificial intelligence, they basically learn your daily and weekly schedule in relation to your preferred temperature settings. Maybe the air conditioning is set to turn on at 4:30 pm in order to cool the house by the time you return home at 6:30 pm, for example. After a few days, the thermostat could understand that it only takes 45 minutes to effectively cool the house with the current weather. For the following days, the HVAC system will automatically run for 15 minutes less.
Even if you adopt smart home automation, you’re still the boss. Your smartphone app can provide reports on the daily and long-term energy savings. Plus, when you plan to come home early or stay late, simply adjust the A/C schedule on the mobile app. Going on vacation? Lower the cooling in your house while you’re waiting at the airport.
Another great smart home innovation is occupancy sensors. By detecting when someone is in a room or when it’s empty, these sensors customize the heating and cooling output. For less predictable schedules, occupancy sensors offer an energy-efficient solution.
Optimize HVAC Use Between Seasons
In the middle seasons – spring and fall – the weather can change quickly throughout the day. Temperatures outside can fluctuate dramatically from morning and night, and day to day. Smart home automation makes it possible to balance these temperature differences and keep a constant, comfortable indoor climate.
Your HVAC system could be programmed to take advantage of special off-peak energy use rates. These rates usually change depending on the season. In Pennsylvania, for instance, peak summer hours range from 1:00 to 6:00 in the afternoon. Just by waiting until 6:01 to ramp up the air conditioning, you could see a smaller electric bill.
Optimize HVAC Use All Year
It may seem like a small change, but the savings quickly add up. Every degree counts over time. Changing the temperature setting in your home by only 7 to 10 degrees can result in a 10-15% reduction in energy bills.
In the course of a year, smart thermostats and smart home controls work to find and maintain the perfect point between comfort and cost savings. For most homeowners, there is a 10-12% decrease in heating costs and up to 15% savings on cooling expenses. At the end of a year, this can mean paying nearly $150 less for utilities.
Is Your Air Conditioning Efficient?
If you’re looking for ways to save on electricity while keeping your home comfortable and cool, contact AQM for an HVAC assessment. We can ensure that your air conditioning is running efficiently. Plus, our experts may have some extra advice on how to use less energy.