5 Ways to Help Your Smart Home Heat and Cool More Efficiently


motorized shades
Motorized shades can work with your smart home to reduce solar gain in your home.

I recently wrote about how smart home technology can help your home save energy. Chief among these energy-saving tips was installing a smart thermostat. A Wi-Fi-connected programmable thermostat can save you as much as 30 percent on your HVAC’s energy use. However, the potential to save money on your heating and cooling doesn’t end there. One of the biggest benefits of smart devices and the Internet of Things is the potential for integration. When these devices work together, you can create a smart home that actively and intelligently works to help you save energy.

Products such as connected thermostats, blinds and lighting can team up to automatically adjust your smart home system to achieve optimal energy efficiency. Here are a few options you can implement in your own home.

Install Motorized Blinds

On their own, motorized blinds are a simple way to cut down on the energy used to heat and cool a home. The convenience of being able to press a button and have all your shades close or open to cut down on solar gain or welcome in the warmth of the sun makes it more likely you’ll do it on a regular basis and thereby use less energy, keeping your home comfortable.

With the advent of the smart home, however, motorized blinds can be programmed to automatically adjust themselves even when you’re not there. Set the south-facing window coverings to open and close based on time of day, and you won’t even have to think about it. Plus, by having all your shades shut at sunset, you don’t have to worry about the day’s heat escaping through the exposed glass.

Connect your motorized blinds to a smart thermostat and the thermostat can actually tell them when to open and close based on the ambient temperature of the room and the weather outside. That way, it won’t need to turn your HVAC on, and the shades can do some of the hard work without burning unnecessary energy.

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Smart homes MIGHT make sense, but it’s a Nightmare for security on a number of levels... ...like, hackers accessing baby monitors & more; EMF surges shutting the systems down; more electronics to break, wear out, or require replacements every few years [like usuriously costly cellphones]; Big Brother 1984 surveillance is already a Thing...& you promote more of it? COSTLY up front? Costly to keep going? Costly to replace if the worst happens. Where is actual risk/cost: benefit data?

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