How to Keep Your Home Warm Using Smart Home Technology

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Maintaining a warm home during the fall and winter months can be tedious – not to mention costly. Smart home technology can save you time and money while keeping you toasty.

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It’s officially autumn, which means Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner, the leaves are changing colors in many parts of the country, and for many Americans, it’s about time to turn on the heat in our homes.

If you live in the north, you know that maintaining a warm home during the fall and winter months can be a hassle. Not only can it rack up your electric or oil bill, but remembering to adjust the heat as you come and go can be difficult. Luckily, companies are starting to offer “smart thermostats” that can save you time and money – all while keeping you toasty. Here are two of the best ones currently available:

1. The Nest Learning Thermostat: The third gen Nest Learning Thermostat helps you save energy. It learns what temperature you like and builds a schedule around yours. Plus, Nest allows you to see how much energy you use every day and every month, so you can adjust your behavior and save money. Nest estimated the thermostat saved an average of $131 to $145 a year, which means the product paid for itself in less than two years!

Compared to previous versions, the new Nest Thermostat is slimmer and sleeker with a bigger, sharper display. It also has a new feature called Farsight, which lights up the thermostat to display the time and temperature from across the room.

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2. Alarm.com Smart Thermostat: The Alarm.com Smart Thermostat solution 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. It responds to conditions inside and outside of your home to find opportunities to automatically save. It uses door, window and motion sensors to reduce energy waste. And it is in sync with other devices and sensors in the home so it can react accordingly. Our favorite part about the Alarm.com system is that the product will be installed by an expert. Find a dealer near you and get started!

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When it comes time to turn on the heat in your home this year, get smart and consider investing in a smart thermostat. Products like those offered by Alarm.com and Nest can save energy, time and money – and most importantly, they’ll keep you warm.

Senior Manager, Public Relations & Giving for Coldwell Banker. Grew up in Sarasota and attended college at Western Carolina University. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed to Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. She has been with this awesome brand for more than 15 years and can be found generating buzz about CB in every way possible. Athena helps to grow the brand’s position as the most storied real estate company within the industry and has led many high-profile endeavors; she was at the forefront of the brand’s pioneering smart home campaign, raised $6 million in two years to build 130 Habitat for Humanity homes, and led the Homes for Dogs program in partnership with Adopt-a-Pet.com that resulted in tens-of-thousands of dogs finding their furever home. She currently leads the CB Supports St. Jude program, which encourages the Coldwell Banker network’s 96,000+ real estate agents to make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for every real estate transaction they represent. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or planning her next travel adventure. She's the proud mom of three cats Jolene, Ziggy and Lucy.

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