There’s an app for everything these days. That includes your HVAC system. What kind of HVAC apps do you need? How do they work? Here’s what you need to know.
Basic HVAC Apps
Pretty much all of the smart thermostat brands, such as Carrier, Honeywell, and Lennox, come with their own HVAC apps that connect your system to your mobile device. This allows you to monitor and adjust your home’s temperature from anywhere in the world.
Programmable thermostats can be set according to your family’s schedule. They go into energy-saving mode while you’re at work, then switch to comfort mode when you get home. However, schedules can change. Maybe you have to work late. Maybe you get home early.
With an HVAC app, you can tell your system — while you’re still at work — that you won’t be home for a few more hours and to not start up yet. You can also use the app to turn the thermostat on just as you’re leaving the office. That way, your home is already at your ideal temperature when you arrive, without it having to spend hours heating or cooling an empty house.
Energy-Saving HVAC Apps
More advanced HVAC apps don’t just turn your thermostat on and off. They monitor your system’s energy usage and show you where and how you can save. The Nest Learning Thermostat is great in that regard. It can display how long your system has been running and make suggestions as to where and how you can change in order to cut energy usage.
There are also apps that monitor energy usage for the whole house and show you ways to save in other places besides your HVAC system. The EnergyCloud PowerCost Monitor is one such app. It uses sensors to determine when you’re using which appliances and how much power they consume. It can then show you that usage and recommend ways to save. With apps like these, efficient HVAC usage becomes much easier.
To learn more about the best HVAC apps for your home, contact us at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company. We’re Yuma’s trusted source for quality home-comfort solutions.