Temperature Control: Neat Ways to Heat (and Cool) Your Older Home

Temperature Control: Neat Ways to Heat (and Cool) Your Older Home

Written By

Lori Popkewitz Alper

Older homes are more common than you’d think. Many of the oldest houses in the U.S. are found in the Northeast and the Southeast, where the original 13 colonies were founded.

But just because a home is old doesn’t mean it can’t catch up with the times. No matter the age of the house, you can convert it into a smart home using temperature control and other home automation technology. Vivint delivers smart home services through a cloud-based platform that integrates a wide range of wireless features and components to provide simple and affordable home security, energy management and home automation from anywhere, even if you’re not at home.

Classic home with American flag

Tackling the challenges

If you’re fortunate enough to live in an older home, you know that along with its character and charm come some unique headaches. Homes were once built very differently than they are today; they tend to be less energy efficient, making consistent, year-round temperature control problematic.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep your historic home’s temperature under control.

  • Perform an energy audit. Many utility companies offer energy audits free of charge or for a nominal fee. The audit will provide you with information you need to make your home more energy efficient, such as where there are air leaks. Then, you can make the necessary repairs to improve your home’s energy usage, making it easier to heat and cool.
  • Add insulation. If you live in an older home, chances are there’s minimal insulation, or the insulation isn’t as high performing as what’s produced today. Additional insulation can keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, reducing energy expenses.
  • Go smart. Home automation devices like the Vivint Element Thermostat let you control your home’s temperature. Use your voice to adjust the thermostat without lifting a finger. Vivint Element Thermostat also integrates with the door, window and motion sensors in your smart home for even more intelligent temperature control, adjusting the temperature automatically based on whether you’re at home, asleep, at work or away for the weekend.

Owning an older home doesn’t mean you’re fated to have a less-than-optimal in-home climate; old houses can be smart homes, too. Home automation technology makes it easy to heat and cool your house comfortably and efficiently throughout the year.

Learn more about Vivint’s Element Thermostat here.