A new AC thermostat will keep you cool and on budget. Over time thermostats lose their efficacy (and old models may have never been efficacious.) This can lead to a heating and cooling system running poorly, leading to more AC repair service calls, and eventually replacement of parts including the thermostat itself. Older thermostats can’t achieve the same results, convenience, or comfort that modern smart thermostats provide.
Hage Energy in Houston, TX installs a wide selection of wifi “smart” thermostats including popular brands like Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell, and Trane. If you have an outdated “dumb” thermostat and are curious which thermostat upgrade would be best for your home or office, call to talk with a heating and cooling expert near you.
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Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade Your AC Thermostat
1) Money Saving
Energy costs are going up, but your usage can be reduced to offset the increase. Changing your air conditioner’s temperature down and back up at optimal times helps your heating and cooling system run efficiently.
According to Energy.Gov, you can save up to 10% annually by turning your thermostat down 7°-10°F (from its normal setting) for eight hours a day. Generally speaking, each degree of difference can affect a utility bill by 1-2%. By programming your home’s AC thermostat to match your lifestyle and routine, you can save energy and money.
Houston has more than its fair share of humid, hot days. Coming home to a stuffy, warm home isn’t ideal, but running the air conditioning all day will significantly affect your utility bill. With programmable, smart thermostats, you can create a custom schedule and not think about adjusting it throughout the day and night.
The convenience of a smart thermostat is in your hands. Connected and controlled from any of your wifi-enabled devices (cell phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops, Amazon Alexa and Google Home, etc.) It is easy to adjust your schedule or current temperature from anywhere in your home, anytime (e.g. in bed!)
Smart thermostats can achieve exact temperatures. Since every degree impacts energy usage, precision means more savings. Manual thermostats have been shown to have up to a five-degree margin of error, while programmable ones are typically accurate to half a degree.
Properly setting a thermostat to turn on and off at strategic times and temperatures can make your home energy efficient throughout all seasons. The summer and winter are particularly hard on HVAC systems. Using a smart thermostat will help the unit operate at optimal capacity, minimizing strain caused by erratic and over-compensating changes to the temperature settings.
The older the AC unit, the less efficiently a unit will operate. Luckily, pairing your HVAC system with a programmable thermostat provides a more affordable way to help your system last longer, before a full AC upgrade is needed. And when you do upgrade your HVAC, having a programmable thermostat will optimize efficiency and extend the lifespan of your new AC from the very start.
5) System Alerts: AC Repairs Needed? AC Parts Need Replacement? Filter Needs Changing?
Many smart thermostat models have features to help you stay on top of HVAC maintenance, with sensors monitoring the air filter and checking various AC parts in need of repair or replacement.
Plus, you can see your home’s energy usage patterns and clear evidence of reduced energy consumption. We all want to make a difference to improve our planet; seeing efforts translated into numbers is motivating and can lead to more green choices, such as solar-powered attic ventilation.
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Installing a new AC Thermostat is an Easy Choice in Houston, TX
If you want to be more comfortable in your home, save money on energy bills, and upgrade your home’s value, have a programmable thermostat installed by Hage Energy. Call 713-560-0600 for more information.