Today as I got in my car after it had been sitting in direct sunlight, a wave of super-hot air surrounded me. I turned the air conditioner on full blast and opened all the windows for a couple minutes until a little bit of cool air teased my face. I quickly shut all the windows and waited till the atmosphere in my car settled to a comfortable 70 degrees. I know cars come with apps now where you can start you vehicle from your phone and turn on the heat or air conditioner so that it is the perfect temperature when you get inside. Unfortunately, I do not have one of those cars.
Another area that this phenomena happens is in our homes. I know I don’t want the heat pump running all day long when no one is home. As always there is a remedy for this unnecessary use of electricity. Newer thermostats have Wi-Fi capability that lets you adjust all of your system settings on your phone at home and now they also come with apps that let you turn your system on and off, change your temperature, see if someone is home and turned the system on and much more all from your phone or other mobile device remotely. This means I could turn my heat pump, air conditioner, or furnace on while I am leaving work and it would be a lovely 72 degrees when I get home. Or I could have my system on a power saver mode all day and use minimal energy, and then have switch to normal mode before I get home. The same goes for when I am on vacation or anywhere else, or when I feel like being evil and messing with whoever may be home at the time.
Honeywell, Nest, Lennox iComfort, Luxaire and some other manufacturers have Wi-Fi thermostats available with remote capability. These thermostats can save you tons of money and regulate your heating and cooling system for maximum efficiency and whole home comfort. Also these thermostats are extremely affordable and may pay for themselves with energy savings over the period of a few months compared to the older thermostat you may have now.