This post is sponsored by Alarm.com. All content and unpredictable weather, however, is my own… and Utah’s.
It’s October in Utah. Which means the weather skips right over fall and heads straight into winter. Until the next day, when summer comes back. Then the next day when we get a day of perfect fall weather. Then, it’s winter again. There is a saying in Utah… “if you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes” and it’s SOOOO true. So, at our house in the “fall” and “spring” (in quotations because if you have ever lived here, you know that people just LOVE to say there are 4 seasons, but I say there are not. We have Summer and Winter… and that’s IT) when the weather outside is unpredictable, which is really WAY worse on your energy bill than frightful, it can mean a whole lot of babysitting the thermostat. Heat on, heat off, AC on, heat on, etc, lather, rinse, repeat.
Enter Alarm.com’s Smart Thermostat. I think it may even be wearing a cape! Smart Thermostat to the rescue!! If you are unfamiliar with a smart thermostat, just about all of the brands out there will pair with a smart phone app, so you can control the thermostat from wherever you are. Hear what I said there… you still have to control the settings. It is really awesome to be able to roll over in bed and turn up the heat from your phone, so that when you leave the wonderful warmth of your bed, you won’t freeze on your way downstairs. BUT, wouldn’t it be awesome if it just KNEW that it was too cold and needed to warm up (but smart enough to know not to keep the heat going all night long?)
What I think really sets Alarm.com‘s offering apart from the rest of the field is it’s integration with your entire security system. Got the AC running AND several windows open? The Smart Thermostat will know that you have windows open (because the security system on the windows will tell it), and adjust your AC so you aren’t “cooling the entire neighborhood” as my mother used to put it. There are so many other triggers that you can automate as well.
It can also adjust the temperature of your house when you set the alarm on your house. Instead of remembering to do several things upon leaving the house, which will almost never actually get remembered. I can’t even tell you how many times I leave the house without the ONE thing I tried to tell myself I had to remember. You can get the system to recognize when you have left the house, arm your system, turn off your lights, AND turn off the thermostat! The Alarm.com Smart Thermostat takes the guess-work out of saving energy, and lets your home act for you – based on your location, activity, and even the weather conditions. So, when one day it’s 90 outside and the next day is 40, the Smart Thermostat will know which way to turn the dial. Which is seriously essential these days.
“The power of a truly connected home is in the details. It’s more than having automated lights, or a thermostat that adjusts on schedule. Alarm.com assembles the intelligence from all of your connected devices and puts them to work together, making your house an ecosystem that learns and adapts to meet your needs.” The main reason Alarm.com’s solution works so well, is how well everything is integrated. Too many smart home systems are cobbled together with several different apps and systems to learn, and require work to get them to communicate with each other.
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com