With June right around the corner, the start of summer isn’t far off. Living in Valdosta, GA, you know that high temperatures are on the way. Residential cooling in these areas accounts for half of a home’s total energy consumption. Thankfully, upgrading your air conditioner with a smart thermostat can help you cut costs by improving the efficiency of your unit.
Control Your Thermostat While You’re Away
One advantage of upgrading to a smart thermostat is the ability to control your air conditioner via your smartphone even when you aren’t at home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save 10% on cooling and heating costs every year by lowering or increasing your thermostat by 7 to 10 degrees for eight hours a day.
During the summer, you should set your thermostat 7 to 10 degrees higher when you’re not home. There’s no point in cooling your home if you’re not there to enjoy it. With the ability to control your thermostat on your smartphone, you can lower the temperature when you leave work to ensure that you return to a cool home.
Make Sure That Your New Thermostat is Compatible
Not all new thermostats are compatible with all HVAC systems. When you upgrade, make sure that the one you choose will work with your system. If you want to get the most out of your thermostat, choose one that’s made by the same company as your HVAC system.
The most pressing issue to address is if your HVAC system is low voltage. Most smart thermostats are only designed to work with low-voltage HVAC systems. In most cases, a low-voltage system is referred to as central air or heating. If you have a thermostat in every room of your house, you probably have a line voltage system.
Consider These Features When Upgrading Your Thermostat
When you make the jump to a new thermostat, you should consider certain features. Here’s a look at the most important ones:
- Remote control.
- Temperature learning preferences.
- Automatic updates via Wi-Fi.
Get Help Installing Your Smart Thermostat
At Waller Heating & Air Conditioning, we have decades of HVAC experience. We understand the importance of helping you save on annual energy expenses by upgrading your home’s thermostat. Take advantage of newer technology, and upgrade to a smart thermostat today.
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