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Make the Most of Your Smart Technology

As technology advances, more and more households are incorporating “smart” technology into their homes. One of the most popular and accessible smart devices is the smart thermostat, which allows homeowners to take a greater measure of control over their HVAC system. Using a smart thermostat, you can pre-set temperature settings, schedule increases or decreases in temperature in advance, or set your thermostat remotely using a connected app.

However, getting the most out of a smart thermostat can be tricky. It can be difficult to find the precise settings that keep you comfortable and avoid wasting energy, and there may be features to your thermostat that you don’t even know about. Use these tips and tricks from our HVAC experts to make your smart thermostat work for you!

Tips for Programming Your Thermostat

  • Use the app to monitor energy use – Most smart thermostats come with apps that allow you to view your current climate and energy usage on your smartphone. Use that information to learn where you can cut down on energy usage and save money!
  • Plan ahead – Don’t waste money heating or cooling an empty house. Program your HVAC system to turn off when you know no one’s going to be home. You can also program your heater or air conditioner to start up right before you arrive home, so you won’t have to overwork your equipment to reach a desired temperature faster.
  • Create zones of comfort – Using a smart thermostat, you can set different temperature zones for different sections of your home. This keeps even your pickiest family members comfortable and happy and leads to less fiddling with the thermostat.
  • Don’t make too many changes – Fiddling with the thermostat every time the temperature changes may seem like the fastest way to stay comfortable, but it’s actually the fastest way to waste money. Constantly adjusting the temperature causes your HVAC equipment to work harder and turn on more often, using up valuable energy to bring you a minimal difference in comfort.

What a Well-Programmed Thermostat Can Do for Your Home

When you’ve programmed your thermostat efficiently, you’ll find that you rarely need to think about it anymore. Your smart thermostat will learn what temperature range you prefer and automatically work to match the settings you’ve programmed in. Plus, you’ll see your utility bills drop. With pre-programmed settings in effect, your HVAC system won’t need to turn off or on at the drop of a hat, saving you the energy that would be otherwise used to start and run your heater or air conditioner.

For more information about smart thermostats, energy-efficient HVAC, and more, contact us online or give us a call at (703) 457-8676 today!