Whether you’re new to Goldsboro, North Carolina or you’ve lived in the area for decades; you know that keeping your house the ideal temperature isn’t always as affordable as you’d like. When those summer heatwaves hit or the chilly winter winds blow through the area, keeping your HVAC costs low can seem downright impossible.
Fortunately, one simple change can help you save big on HVAC costs. From streamlining your temperature settings to enhancing indoor air quality, find out how a smart thermostat can help you save money.
Streamline HVAC Settings
One of the best money-saving perks of a smart thermostat is that this device is designed to streamline your HVAC system’s settings. When the Carolina Comfort Air team installs a smart thermostat in your home, our experienced HVAC technicians will demonstrate the easy steps you’ll want to take to program the ideal temperature settings for your home.
First, think about your family’s typical schedule. If everyone usually leaves for work or school in the morning and returns in the late afternoon or evening, you can keep the temperature comfortable in the morning and then program the thermostat to dial back the temperature while you’re all out of the house. You’ll want to program the thermostat to return your home’s temperature to a comfortable level before you return home in the evening. Then program the device to dial back the temperature while the family is asleep.
To save the most money while still staying comfortable, stick to a standard 78 degrees while the family’s home in the summer. In the winter, aim for 68 degrees. When everyone’s asleep or away, dial back the temperature 8 to 10 degrees.
Doing this only takes a few minutes, but it can help you save a lot. The Department of Energy estimates that you’ll save about 10 percent a year on your utility bill when you dial back your thermostat for eight or more hours a day. When you think about how much you pay for heating and cooling every year, you know that these savings add up quickly.
Adjust the Temperature From Anywhere
Once you’ve programmed your thermostat properly, you can look forward to lower utility bills, and you’ll only need to make a few adjustments when the seasons change. But what about when your day or your week doesn’t go as planned? Smart thermostats are Wi-Fi enabled so that you can control your air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace from virtually anywhere.
If you have a late night at the office, a long day on the ballfield, or a spontaneous family getaway, there’s no need to let your HVAC system cycle on and off as usual. Just use your smartphone or tablet to connect with your smart thermostat and adjust the settings or turn on vacation mode.
Never Forget a Maintenance Appointment
The longer you own a home that has an HVAC system, the more you realize just how important maintenance is. For virtually every HVAC system, regular maintenance is essential to keeping the system operating smoothly, lowering your monthly costs and preventing unexpectedly expensive breakdowns. Annual HVAC maintenance can even extend the life of your system, which can help you save even more on your heating and cooling budget.
Most smart thermostats offer reminders to change your air filters, alerting you when it’s time for a replacement. Some models also offer maintenance reminders so you won’t forget to schedule that tune up. Need help navigating your thermostat reminders or scheduling maintenance? Just call our team.
Enhance Indoor Air Quality
Clean filters can certainly keep your home’s air supply clean, but some smart thermostats offer even more advanced options to enhance your home’s indoor air quality. In fact, you can monitor HVAC add-ons like whole-home dehumidifiers, energy-recovery ventilators, or air purifiers right from some smart thermostats. When you track indoor air quality and temperature from one handy device, you can keep your costs pleasantly low while resting assured that your family is as healthy and comfortable as possible.
Isn’t it time you gave your HVAC system a break with a brand new smart thermostat? Call Carolina Comfort Air at 919-879-2106 to learn more about the right thermostat for your system.
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