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Smart Thermostats Are A Smart Idea

With all the buzz about connected, or smart, homes Wi-Fi thermostats have been getting plenty of attention from manufacturers and homeowners. We think they’re a great idea for a couple of reasons. The major benefit is convenience. With remote access to your heating and cooling system your home will be comfortable at precisely the right time. If you’re out of town and forget to adjust the thermostat before leaving, it’s easily adjusted when you’re away and can be returned to normal just before returning home. Plus, it can alert you to system problems in your absence. The other benefit is cost savings. Many thermostats now offer an energy conservation analysis. One study showed a saving of 20% is possible. Several models will respond to your daily activity and adjust the temperature accordingly. There are a number of factors to consider including price and compatibility. We carry and install several brands and will be happy to help you upgrade your home to a smart...
How to Save Money on Your Energy Bills

How to Save Money on Your Energy Bills

HVAC efficiency is an important factor in saving money on energy bills. Technological advances in thermostats like Bryant Housewise allow you to keep careful track of energy usage and make adjustments as needed. While these devices simplify heating and cooling your home, it is still important to follow some basic guidelines to ensure that the unit functions properly. Temperature control This is one area that consumers unknowingly waste a lot of extra energy and money. While you may have heard you should turn your thermostat down or even off during night time hours, when you are at work and while on vacation, changing the setting more than 4-6 degrees between occupied and unoccupied areas of the home is very inefficient. It is also difficult for the system to compensate for drastic temperature differentials inside and outside the home. Most cannot overcome a disparity of more than 20 degrees. Use a WIFI thermostat Another great way to ensure your HVAC is efficient is to use a digital WiFi thermostat. Digital thermostats are significantly more accurate and WiFi capability allows the homeowner to verify settings from mobile devices when they are away. Some benefits include: Control from anywhere – The homeowner can change settings remotely so their house is at the desired temperature by the time they get home. Ease of use – Once you know a few simple settings, most WiFi thermostats are very user friendly. And, because they connect with your mobile devices, they are controlled by downloadable applications with everything in one easy to navigate menu. Improved efficiency – Get alerts on maintenance issues as well as energy...