September 2014

We all keep waiting for the day when our homes are completely computerized and voice controlled. While we may not be there just yet, there have been some significant advances in the right direction. One of these is new, smart heating technology that reduces energy use and utilizes thermostats that learn about people inside the home.

How does Smart Heating Work?

Newer HVAC systems have smart controls and sensors, which have better temperature variability than previous models. Instead of turning on and off constantly, these smart units simply stay on for longer periods of time at a more constant temperature. This keeps the interior warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

What Equipment is Needed?

Each system is slightly different but most include use of smart sensors, a technologically advanced thermostat, and a smart meter. Some even come with apps that allow you to monitor or control HVAC usage directly from your mobile device. Depending on the locations of sensors, some systems can even notify you when a part breaks.

Smart thermostats already on the market are an important first step in gaining widespread acceptance of smart heating and cooling technology. These thermostats, such as the Nest, have the ability to learn what the best temperature is for you and your family. They also learn the times of day people are away at work and adjust the thermostat accordingly. They even know if you have been gone for a few days and can reset the thermostat so as not to waste energy while you're gone. Best of all, you can control these thermostats from inside your home or from your smart phone or tablet.

Benefits of Smart Heating Technology

The main benefit to this smart heating technology is a reduction in energy use, which of course leads to cost savings for homeowners and businesses. In addition, it means fewer environmental resources are needed to heat our homes, making it an economically friendly advancement. In fact, while these units currently cost more to install, they can result in an instant 20-percent reduction in overall energy use the moment they are installed. Another benefit is they greatly reduce daily wear and tear on your HVAC system, which means it will last much longer with fewer repairs needed.