The concept of living in a “smart” home was once an idea limited to those more fortunate, or so it seemed. As with many suggestions that seem unattainable at first, home automation is really taking off.  

Products with remote connectivity have become increasingly popular in homes and businesses these days. For instance, the ability to control via mobile devices. This advancing technology is changing HVAC systems for the better by providing homeowners with self-learning thermostats, mobile or voice control options, and self-diagnosing equipment.

When it comes to home automaton or making your home, office, business, warehouse, or any facility more efficient, Hobson Plumbing and Heating will find the best solution that fits your needs.


The benefits of smart HVAC systems are:

  • Improved indoor comfort, due to automated HVAC settings and the ability to make changes anytime using a mobile device.
  • Lower energy bills and maintenance costs, made possible by self-learning thermostats and HVAC systems with predictive diagnostics.
  • Smaller environmental footprint resulting from lower energy use.
  • Greater control with options to change settings on a mobile device or voice commands.
  • Enhanced safety due to alerts or notifications that can be sent to the user’s mobile device when something is wrong with the equipment.


With interconnectivity at an all-time high, it’s easier than ever to automate household appliances. A few of the most in-demand devices and features that bring automated technology to HVAC systems are covered.

Smart Thermostats

One of the first automated home devices was the thermostat. Advancements in designs and user interfaces have only improved the performance and popularity of smart thermostats. They learn what temperatures homeowners prefer and when, and should soon anticipate the homeowner’s preferences and implement them automatically.

Mobile Control

Self-learning thermostats feature Wi-Fi, allowing homeowners to monitor, change, and receive notifications about their HVAC system. Imagine heating the bathroom before getting out of bed or putting the thermostat in recovery mode on the way home from work. Mobile control is all about improving comfort when you need it and reducing energy usage when you don’t. Wi-Fi thermostats also keep homeowners in the know if something goes wrong with their home comfort systems while they’re gone.

Voice Control

Homeowners want their automated systems to work without much effort, but voice control is a trendy way to make changes. When a thermostat or ceiling fan connects to a Siri, Google Home, or an Alexa-enabled device, it’s possible for homeowners to change settings with a voice command. This may not seem more convenient than controlling home comfort equipment with a keypad, but certainly pays off in the long run in the convenience department.

Self-Diagnostic and Performance Rating Capabilities

Homeowners want to know they’re getting the most from their HVAC equipment. Predictive diagnostics and insights on system performance are satisfying and deliver peace of mind. Systems with these features can even recommend ways to improve efficiency, providing an entirely new level of long-term performance.

In a few short years, automated technology has already drastically changed HVAC systems for the better. And with our whole house approach to HVAC installation, we focus on what will get you the most savings and convenience. If you’re interested in home automation, call a Hobson Plumbing and Heating expert at 630-761-3400. We’re available 24/7/365!