How Installation & Maintenance of HVAC Thermostats Save Money
The hot weather is fast approaching and with scorching heat on the horizon, you need a thermostat that is going to keep your house cool. The average American spends $2,200 a year on energy bills with roughly 50% of these bills coming from heating and cooling. This is why a thermostat is really important. By having a device that regulates the temperature in your house, you can make energy efficient savings that will cut your bill by up to 30% – plus make your household more environmentally friendly.
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Do You Want To Buy A Thermostat?
If you are looking to transform your house into an environmentally friendly and cost efficient home, then you will need to buy a thermostat in the process. We are happy to advise on choosing the right thermostat as well as installation. However, if you’re too shy to call and speak to our experts, then below are a few tips on choosing the right instrument for your needs:
Check The Type of Programs
Many thermostats are programmable so that you can turn it on and leave it to work throughout the week. There are generally four main category of programs:
- Non-programmable, these are rare nowadays but some older units still exist.
- Programmable 7 days, these are common and include a Sunday – Saturday program that affects every day of the week.
- Programmable, 5 + 2 days, these are units that have a full week but break the week into Monday to Friday + Saturday to Sunday these are very common.
- Programmable, 5 + 1 + 1 days, these are models that are similar to the above variation but break Saturday and Sunday into separate days – great for families that are often out of the house on a Sunday.
Choosing Digital Display vs. Analogue
There is a growing trend for some models to have hard to navigate menu’s, which make it difficult to lower or increase the temperature. Whilst most models are now digital thermostats, you can still get some simple analogue units. Whilst both are great for setting the temperature, you may wish to consider which is better for you and your family.
We recommend that you choose a programmable model if you are looking to make energy savings. You may consider choosing non-programmable models if you want something simple that young children, elderly or other family & guest members can understand. We find that models such as the Heatmiser DS1 is great for families that want a no-fuss thermostat that just sets the temperature without additional features.
However, for users that want increased flexibility you may consider a unit such as the Nest Smart thermostats, or perhaps a Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat. These units are incredibly smart, we won’t list all of the features here, but this is a great review of the 5 Best Smart Thermostats and should help you learn more about each model.
Lastly, you may also want to check out American Standard’s easy cost saving ideas to help you save even more money! https://www.americanstandardair.com/resources/save-on-energy-costs/money-savings.html
Are You Having Thermostat Problems?
Whilst most thermostat models are reliable for long periods of time, you may wish to have a routine maintenance on your meter and air conditioning units. Engineers can help you program the unit to be energy efficient. This may include:
- Testing that the AC turns on and off at the correct temperatures,
- Testing that the electrical connections are clean and functioning properly for safe use,
- Testing that the motor and other moving parts are well lubricated to prevent damage,
- Testing that the condensation drain is not blocked to prevent mold and water damage,
- Testing that the filters are clean and giving advice on regular cleaning habits,
- Testing that the system controls are working correctly for safe startup and shutdown.
Having a regular maintenance check on your air conditioning can help to prevent leaks and other damage that naturally occur over time. This will save you money in the long run as you avoid replacing your thermostat and air conditioning during peak times of the year.
How We Can Help You!
Our team of experts offer consultation, installation and maintenance of various HVAC units. We are primarily working within the Lake Lanier, Forsyth, and Dawson County regions. If you would like to give us a call or contact us at 678.316.4541.