Benefits of Using a Smart Thermostat In Your Home

April 27, 2018

When it’s so easy to change the temperature of your house by adjusting the thermostat, you may wonder if the expense of a new programmable thermostat is worth it. However, you may find that using a smart thermostat improves your life and saves you time, besides saving you money. Change Your Home Temp on the Go One of the biggest differences with a smart thermostat is that you can adjust it without getting up or even being in your home. Depending on the particular thermostat, you can change the settings from your smartphone or web app, or even by speaking into the Amazon Echo. You can change the temperature so it’s comfortable before you get home. You can also create a heating and cooling schedule on an app, and change it every week. Because the information is on an app, it will be easier to read than numbers on a regular thermostat. Maximize Efficiency of Your HVAC System What makes smart thermostats “smart” is that they can learn your habits and usage history, allowing you to see when your system kicked on and what temperature is best at certain times of the day. You can see how much energy you...

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How Can An Energy Efficient AC Unit Save You Money?

March 15, 2018

Do you always get a sticker shock when you get your monthly energy bill? Regardless of what your financial position looks like, paying high bills is about as much fun as going for a root canal. If saving some cash sparks your interest, here is how switching to energy efficient AC unit will save you money. The energy efficiency of an AC system is measured by the SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). It is the ratio of the cooling output (in BTU) of an A/C divided by the energy consumed in Watt-Hours. Typically, all central AC units should have a SEER rating of 13, and be Energy Star certified at 14.5 or higher. The higher the rating, the more efficient a unit is. When you upgrade your unit from old air conditioner to a modern, more efficient model, you will potentially save a lot of energy and money. For instance, if your older unit had a SEER rating of 9, and you upgrade it to a SEER 13 (the lowest efficiency available), you will reduce your energy bill by about 28%. That means you will save up to $300 per year, depending on the cost of electricity and your...

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Seal Your Home, Pay Less In Energy Costs — It’s That Simple

June 7, 2012

When you seal your home, you reduce the amount of air coming inside and going out. Those leaks cost you money summer and winter because they make your HVAC equipment work harder. Sealing the leaks isn’t a difficult process once you know where they are. Find the Leaks You can conduct your own test with just a few common household items. First, draw a simple sketch of your home’s layout and close the windows and exterior doors. Extinguish any gas-burning appliances and turn on the exhaust fans. Walk through the house with lighted incense, covering the entire perimeter of your home, including the attic and basement. Note on the floor plan where the smoke wavers. The moving smoke indicates air coming inside. Typical places for air leaks include window frames, exterior doors, electrical outlets and switches, and places where the cables and pipes enter or leave. Seal the Leaks Seal exterior door leaks with fresh weather-stripping, available at home improvement stores. You can add a door sweep to the exterior doors to block drafts coming in or going out. These sweeps are available at home centers. If you need one, measure your door before going to help you buy the right...

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