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Install WiFi Thermostats When Upgrading Your Air Conditioning System

In order to easily control your air conditioning and heating system in your home, a thermostat is necessary. Depending on the type of thermostat you have, this component will allow you to either manually set the the heating and cooling cycle of your HVAC unit, or automatically adjust the temperature based on a number of standards. Most homes using air conditioning and heating systems are fitted with a traditional thermostat that is either programmable or non-programmable. A newer and more advanced option for thermostats are the WiFi Thermostats which function much like traditional thermostats but with a variety of added features.

WiFi thermostats possess features traditional thermostats do, but have additional features that offer users convenience and cost-savings.

Traditional Thermostats Vs. WiFi Thermostats

Traditional thermostats come in programmable and non-programmable options. The non-programmable thermostat is definitely the most affordable, but it requires you to manually set the temperature in your home, as well as manually set your HVAC’s heating and cooling cycle. The programmable thermostat, on the other hand, has a digital interface with time period programming. This allows you to automatically adjust the temperature based on time, and allow for multiple set points per day.

WiFi thermostats, also called smart thermostats, possess features that traditional thermostats do, but have additional features that offer users convenience and cost-savings. Features such as remote programming, learning, geofencing, improved energy efficiency and feedback, and alerts. When synced up with a WiFi router, you can access and control it remotely from a computer or through an app on your tablet or smartphone.

Convenience and Energy Savings

Smart thermostats offer convenience beyond their remote access feature. Because smart thermostats learn your behavior, you can set it to turn off your AC or heater after you leave for work and then set it to turn on before you get home so the temperature inside is warm or cool enough. WiFi thermostats can also adjust the temperature indoors based on ambient conditions, such as humidity. Other essential features of this type of thermostat include the ability to show your heating and cooling costs and tweak the programming to become more energy-efficient.

If you are interested in having Wifi thermostats installed, give Brown and Reaves Services, Inc. a call today at 843-497-9867.  Or contact us via our convenient form and tell us you’re interested in having WiFi thermostats installed in your home. We’ll get back in touch with you as soon as possible.

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Save Energy With A Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat can save you money on your electric billYou’ve have heard it before, but installing a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways you can save real money on those rising heating bills this winter.

Programmable models will never “forget” to turn down the heat when you are asleep or likely to be away, meaning the average family will save $180 a year (off the average annual heating budget of $2,000), according to the EPA. The good news is the price of these units has come down a lot in recent years, and they can now be picked up from big box and hardware stores for as little as $50 (remember to look for sales).

When buying, choose a model that has qualified for the EPA’s Energy Star guidelines. Also note that Energy Star has now launched a new campaign to encourage homeowners to get the most out of a programmable thermostat. To make things easy, the site points out that Energy Star-rated models do come with presets that tend to help most typical families save energy.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program shows you how to properly use your ENERGY STAR qualified programmable thermostat to save energy, money and help fight global warming.

Check out this EPA video on programmable thermostats:

Talk to us about a programmable thermostat before just installing one. We can advise you, based on your home and your lifestyle, whether a programmable thermostat is right for you or not. Call Brown and Reaves Services today. 843-497-9867. And don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and grab your 20% off coupon on our next service call.

Programmable Thermostat: Should You Install One?

You can save money on your heating and cooling bills by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing a programmable thermostat.

A programmable thermostat is a thermostat designed to save energy by adjusting the temperature based on programmed settings that occur at different times of the day. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings (six or more temperature settings a day) that you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program.

Programmable Thermostats Not Recommended for Heat Pumps

A programmable thermostat can save you money on your electric billProgrammable thermostats are generally not recommended for heat pumps. In the cooling mode, a heat pump operates like an air conditioner, so turning up the thermostat (either manually or with a programmable thermostat) will save energy and money. But when a heat pump is in its heating mode, setting back its thermostat can cause the unit to operate inefficiently, thereby canceling out any savings achieved by lowering the temperature setting.

Maintaining a moderate setting for a heat pump is the most cost-effective practice. Recently, however, some companies have begun selling specially designed programmable thermostats for heat pumps, which make setting back the thermostat more cost-effective. These thermostats typically use special algorithms to minimize the use of backup electric resistance heat systems.

A normal programmable thermostat can be set to begin its cool down well before you leave or go to bed and return to its regular temperature two or three hours before you wake up or return home. This may require some guesswork at first, but with a little trial and error you can still save energy while maintaining a comfortable home.

When in heat mode, the trick is not to have the programmable thermostat turn the heat up too quickly, causing your electric strip heating to kick in and off-set any savings you had by turning down the heat in the first place. Usually, if you crank up your heat more than one or two degrees at a time, the electric heat will kick in. Only by slowing increasing the temperature setting a degree at a time will you avoid the electric heat from coming on.

When programming your thermostat, consider when you normally go to sleep and wake up. If you prefer to sleep at a cooler temperature during the winter, you might want to start the temperature setback a bit ahead of the time you actually go to bed. Also consider the schedules of everyone in the household. If there is a time during the day when the house is unoccupied for four hours or more, it makes sense to adjust the temperature during those periods.

Talk to us about a programmable thermostat before just installing one. We can advise you, based on your home and your lifestyle, whether a programmable thermostat is right for you or not. Call Brown and Reaves Services today. 843-497-9867. And don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and grab your 20% off coupon on our next service call.

Programmable Thermostats Help Save Energy

Programmable thermostats can save on your heating and air conditioning costs by automatically adjusting the temperature setting for your home.

Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home — typically making up about 54% of your utility bill.

How Programmable Thermostats Can Save You Money

You can save money on your heating and cooling bills by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.

Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating or air-conditioning according to a pre-set schedule. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings (six or more temperature settings a day) that you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program.

You can easily save energy in the winter by setting up your programmable thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and set the programming lower while you’re asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill — a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long. The percentage of savings from setback is greater for buildings in milder climates like we have here in the Myrtle Beach area than for those in more severe climates.

In the summer, you can follow the same strategy with central air conditioning by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lowering the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. Although thermostats can be adjusted manually, programmable thermostats will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal before you wake or return home.

There are telephone thermostats available now connecting your heating and cooling system to your phone line. You simply have to call your property and enter a password on a touch-tone phone to access the controls. Then, you can adjust not only the temperature setting but the entire system mode as well.

Programmable Thermostats like this one by Ecobee should be installed by a professional HVAC Contractor like Brown and Reaves ServicesWith the advent of the smart phone and their handy applications, or apps, you can bypass the land line altogether to control your home’s temperature. Wi-fi based smart thermostats are available now and allow users to control their home’s thermostat with the help of a touch-screen smart phone. There are quite a few apps already available, and like most smart phone apps, they aren’t very expensive, with a range of free to a few dollars.

Although programmable thermostats like the one you see pictured here (by ecobee) controlled by smart phone apps are available and can be installed yourself, many people are finding it’s not as easy to install as the manufacturer would have you believe. If you find this to be the case, or if you just want to have your programmable thermostat installed by a professional, call Brown and Reaves Services,  (843) 497-9867,  and let us help you install your new programmable thermostat for you.  We are contractors for the ecobee Smart Thermostats in Myrtle Beach and Conway. And remember to grab our 20% off coupon on your next service call by Liking us on Facebook.

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