Benefits of a “Smart” Thermostat

Heating and cooling costs often make up almost 50% of your total energy costs, so there’s no doubt that it makes sense to reduce those costs in any way possible. Smart thermostats are the newest and most high-tech option in the world of climate control. This type of thermostat is designed to give you complete control over the home’s temperature while still saving a lot of money. Here are the major advantages of a smart thermostat. You’ll Use Less Energy With a smart thermostat, you’ll use less energy — and this translates into lower energy bills. Smart thermostat users save at least $130 to $140 per year on average — and with some smart energy usage, you could save even more money. You Can Control the Thermostat From Anywhere Today’s smart thermostats can be controlled from anywhere thanks to their Wi-Fi connection ability. You can connect your iPhone or Android device to the smart thermostat to move the thermostat up or down — no matter where you are. This can be especially convenient if you suddenly realize you’ve forgotten to lower or raise the temperature before you leave the house. You Can Talk to the Thermostat Devices like Amazon’s Alexa...

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Take the Stress Out of Air Conditioner Shopping

The latest AC systems are high tech marvels. Cleaner and more energy efficient, new air conditioners offer very effective cooling, a longer lifespan, and more trouble free service than older models. The life-cycle cost of AC replacement refers to the total cost of the AC system over its entire service life, including purchase, operation and maintenance costs. First Costs Everyone has experienced sticker shock. How you break up the upfront cost versus how you break out the payments will ease you out of shock and into a cool, efficient new AC system. Look for: Rebates or Incentives. Manufacturers and local, state and federal programs offer many options for Energy Star and energy efficient systems. Installation Costs. If you are looking at a direct replacement for your existing system, installation is generally uncomplicated. However, upgrading from a standard air conditioner to a high-efficiency model may involve new vents, and ductwork re-work. Lifetime Costs Because they represent expenses that recur over the long-term, lifetime costs are important considerations. For an AC replacement, lifetime costs are generally divided into the following areas: Quality – Leading manufacturers will more often than not, offer more favorable warranty terms, reducing the risk of expensive repair or early replacement. Dealer support...

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