When you live in the place many people wished they lived – Arizona – you enjoy many advantages, especially the weather. We have a temperate climate, so our quality of life is better than most. Phoenix also has temperature fluctuations many homeowners in other locales wouldn’t understand; we can have summery afternoons and chilly-to-freezing evenings in the fall and winter, for example. You can’t change mother nature, but people with active lifestyles easily control their home’s interior temperatures with a programmable thermostat, and you can too.
Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends programmable thermostats to lower heating and cooling costs “without sacrificing comfort.” Proactive homeowners have always adjusted thermostats manually to deliver maximum heating and cooling comfort. However, a programmable thermostat can store and repeat six or more temperature settings per day.
In a perfect world, every room of your house would be the same temperature. But windows and skylights, insulation variables, and other factors change the climate in each room of your home. A programmable thermostat can give you control over rooms’ or what we refer to them as “climate zones.”
Customization for Phoenix
Your HVAC system and most of your appliances are built for homes from Phoenix to Fargo, but a programmable thermostat can be customized for just about any place on the planet. You can increase cool air delivery during the summer months and add warmer air to your home when it needs it.
Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
Energy efficiency upgrades are the norm for conscientious property owners who want to reduce their carbon footprint. Your first step toward conservation is a whole-house energy audit. Saving energy with a programmable thermostat is a great start. An energy audit will expose other areas in your home that are energy-loss culprits. Many which can possibly be easily and affordably repaired.
With a programmable thermostat, your HVAC system maximizes its efficiency because of its heating and cooling schedule. It will help your older unit perform better and is usually recommended for new heating and air system installations.
There’s not much cost difference between a manual or programmable thermostat. However, your heating/cooling bills average $102/year savings and life-cycle savings average of $1,899.
Wherever you are, if you have cellular and WiFi connectivity, you have access to certain programmable thermostats. If you’re leaving work early and want to warm-up or cool-down your home, simply access the app from your smartphone and your “smart” thermostat will do the job! Trending now: “Connected,” energy-responsible homes will offer high-tech automation with remote-controlled appliance and light-control as well as remote, programmable thermostats.
Your programmable thermostat can be set to deliver comfortable air temperatures throughout the day. Sleeping and wake-up temperatures, as well as away-from-home settings, can maximize energy efficiency.
What to Know When Buying A Smart Thermostat
It is possible to save a large amount of money if you buy a smart thermostat. Here are three questions you should ask to make sure one is right for you.
Is my system equipped with the features and wiring to support this kind of thermostat?
Is it easy to use and could my family learn how to adjust it?
Will the new thermostat actually save me enough money?
These smart thermostats can also be set to tell you if the temperature in your home is getting too cold for your pets, or if your air conditioner is malfunctioning.
Can A Smart Thermostat Work With Your Home’s Current Setup?
There are many different heating and cooling systems. Before you buy one of these high tech thermostats, make sure that it will work with the way your HVAC is set up.
You need the right wires too. If the technicians who installed your current unit didn’t bring the correct wires down the wall, this can cause problems.
You need to know if your system is single or two stage. Some thermostats only work with single stage units.
Compare your current thermostat to the new one and make sure they both have the same number of terminals.
If this sounds too complicated, contact Forrest Anderson and we can set a time to come and review your current equipment and help you decide if a smart thermostat, and which smart thermostat is right for you.
Does the New Thermostat Match Your Lifestyle?
With their smart technology, these thermostats can adjust to your schedule and life changes. When you wake up, go to work, come home, and go to bed, are all things that will have an influence on the thermostat. There are many models to choose from. As a Nest Pro Installer, Forrest Anderson is able to not only install a Nest thermostat for you, but we can also help you set it up.
When choosing a smart thermostat you need to answer a few questions to make sure it supports your other devices. For example:
What type of phone do you have? Some thermostats work better with Android or Apple phones.
Do you have other devices at home that it needs to communicate with?
Do the features give you enough control over the thermostat?
Also, consider how your family members will use the thermostat. Some of these thermostats learn how you adjust the temperature. If family members are fighting over the perfect temperature it can cause you to not receive the most benefit.
What About Zoning?
As you know, a zoned HVAC system has different thermostats controlling different zones in a house. If you have a zoned system in your home, you need to look for a smart thermostat that supports a zoned system.
A Name That Has Been Trusted for Generations
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For almost 60 years, Forrest Anderson has been a trusted name in HVAC (heating, ventilation & air conditioning) solutions. We are committed to superior service and affordable pricing for our Phoenix-area friends and families because we live here, too. We wouldn’t recommend a programmable thermostat if it wasn’t the right thing to do.
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