Are you a new resident of Clinton, North Carolina? Or maybe you’ve lived in the community for decades. No matter the case, maintaining an ideal temperature inside your home doesn’t come without a cost. When summer heat waves bear down on the state or winter’s chilly winds whip the region, keeping utility costs in check can seem like a tall order. Fortunately, one device can help you save substantial money on HVAC costs. From regulating temperature settings to boosting your home’s indoor air quality, discover how a smart thermostat can help you save money.
Regulate Indoor Temperature Settings
Did you know that one of the greatest benefits of a smart thermostat is its ability to regulate temperature settings for your HVAC system? When our service technicians install a smart thermostat in your home, they’ll walk you through some easy steps to program it for your ideal temperature settings. Below are a few items to keep in mind when programming your smart thermostat:
- Set the right schedule. If you leave for work in the morning and return home late in the afternoon, program your thermostat to keep your home comfortable during the early-morning hours and dial back the temperature while you’re away during the day. To prepare for family members returning at the end of the day, program the thermostat to set your home’s temperature to a comfortable level before they arrive home. At night, you can dial back the thermostat when everyone is asleep.
- Save money and stay comfortable. Set your thermostat to 78 degrees during the summer months. During the winter, set the temperature to 68 degrees. As a result, you’ll reduce your household’s energy consumption and carbon footprint.
- Reduce energy bills. When your family is away during the day or asleep at night, raise the temperature by 8 or 10 degrees in the summer.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save approximately 10 percent per year on your home utility bills when you reduce your energy usage between eight to 10 hours a day. When you consider how much money you spend on heating and cooling costs each year, the energy savings can add up quickly.
Adjust Your Home’s Temperatures Remotely
Once you’ve correctly set your thermostat, you can look forward to lower utility bills. When the seasons change, you’ll need to make only a few small seasonal adjustments to your thermostat. However, what happens when your day doesn’t go as planned? Wi-Fi–enabled smart thermostats allow you to control your air conditioner or heat pump remotely.
Whether you’re working late at the office, watching your child’s sports competition or taking an impromptu family getaway, you don’t have to let your HVAC system cycle on and off. Simply use your smartphone or tablet to connect with your smart thermostat. As a result, you can adjust its settings remotely or turn on the thermostat’s vacation mode.
Never Forget to Schedule HVAC Maintenance
The longer your own your home, the more you realize the importance of preventive HVAC maintenance. Every home HVAC system requires regular maintenance to operate smoothly, lower your monthly operating costs and prevent unexpected breakdowns. Annual HVAC maintenance can extend the life of your system, which can help you save more money on home heating and cooling costs.
Many types of smart thermostats provide important HVAC system maintenance reminders, such as when to change your system’s air filters. Some models offer maintenance reminders so that you won’t forget annual system maintenance checks.
Improve Indoor Air Quality
Smart thermostats offer useful features to help you improve your home’s indoor air quality. Some models allow you to monitor HVAC add-ons such as whole-home dehumidifiers, energy-recovery ventilators and air purifiers. When you stay on top of indoor air quality and temperature controls by using one device, you can keep your HVAC system operating costs low and ensure your home’s indoor air is as breathable as possible.
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