Is There An App For That?

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could turn off the AC in your home after you’ve already left? Or maybe in the middle of the night, you wake up because you’re freezing, and you don’t want to get out from under the covers to turn up the heat? Well, did you also know there’s an app that communicates with your thermostat?

Thanks to modern technology, now homeowners have the option to operate their thermostats at the touch of a button. According to the EPA, you can save up to $180 a day by using a programmable thermostat. Setting up an app on your smartphone to allow your AC system to turn on shortly before you get home, rather than having it on all day, is not only comfortable and convenient, but also cost-effective.

Often times, smart thermostats come with the ability to turn the AC up, down, on or off, depending on the homeowner’s routine. It will easily adjust itself, so the homeowner doesn’t even have to think about it. During the weekends, when the homeowner does something out of routine, he or she can simply program the thermostat by the touch of a button with the use of the app. This way, the homeowner can ensure that they are being cost-efficient.

How It Works

Not all thermostats are made equal. The same goes for the apps that control them as well. A WI-FI enabled thermostat must be operated from a smartphone. The costs range from $80 to $250. Though this may sound costly, the potential energy savings can offset the cost in as little as a year.

The company usually provides the information and the app to be used by the homeowner. The apps are supported on the iPhone, iPad, and as well as Android phones and tablets. The app allows the homeowner to adjust temperature levels in the home, and will even allow the HVAC system to switch from cooling to circulation. Some can even provide quick access to local weather for the homeowner’s reference, if you are out of town. The app and thermostat, can be programmed to provide a text or email alert when the interior temperature level rises or falls below a certain level.