Temperature Control is crucial when trying to cut down on energy costs. Saving money on energy bills can be a difficult goal for homeowners, especially when as much as half of the energy spent in a year goes to just cooling and heating. Routine maintenance is a vital part of this equation, but it doesn’t always cut it when it comes to saving additional money. Nobody should have to sacrifice comfort for a cheaper utility bill. Luckily a home with temperature control offers an easy solution.

Why You Should Switch to a Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats that allow you full temperature control inside your home, is one of the easiest ways to cut down on your utility bill. A traditional thermostat can only tell you the current room temperature, which leaves you with all the guesswork. A smart thermostat means a home with precise temperature control, and it spares you the trouble of constantly adjusting the thermostat while hoping for the best. A smart thermostat can learn your schedule and preferences- some can even detect when no one is home and adjust accordingly. Here’s how a home with temperature control can benefit you.

  • It’s easy to use. Smart thermostats are user-friendly, and can even be controlled from the convenience of your smart phone. As long as there is a Wi-Fi connection, most smart thermostats even allow the homeowner to adjust the temperature when they’re out of town. You can even use apps to set up alarms or track your energy usage that will work in tandem with your smart thermostat.
  • You save money. Having precise temperature control means your air conditioner and heater don’t have to work as hard to keep you comfortable. An HVAC system that runs efficiently can mean a lot of money saved. Homeowners with a smart thermostat can expect to save about $10-20 each month on their utility bill. The cost of installing a smart thermostat can be expensive, but most utility companies offer rebates up to $100 for upgrading your thermostat. With the money saved from efficient temperature control and possible rebates, most homeowners can expect a smart thermostat to pay for itself in just two years.

What to Consider Before Upgrading to Full Temperature Control

A home with temperature control is one of the most efficient ways to cut down on energy and utility bills, but it won’t matter if you’re home isn’t well maintained. An energy efficient home needs routine maintenance to work correctly. A comfortable home that saves you money requires good air flow, insulation, and well-functioning home appliances. Before upgrading your thermostat, here are a few important things to consider.

  • Are there any air leaks? There is enough wear and tear that can happen to your home with age, and air leaks can be a common problem. Leaving an air leak unsealed, however, only makes it more difficult for your HVAC system to properly heat and cool your home. There are several potential culprits for an air leak inside your home such as vents, fans, and outlets. Thoroughly inspecting and sealing your home of air leaks will only help your smart thermostat do its job better.
  • How good is your home’s duct system? Air ducts and vents that are dirty or don’t work properly can result in poor air flow, which is a problem not only for your HVAC system but your health. Having dirty air ducts means poor air flow and a home filled with dirty air, which can sometimes contain toxic air pollutants such as mold.
  • How clean does your HVAC contractor clean a furnace? A regular furnace cleaning does not encompass pulling and inspecting the blower wheel in the furnace.  When as little as 1/10th of an inch of dust accumulates on a blower wheel, it can reduce your furnace and air conditioners efficiency by 20%. Another problem that arises from this dust accumulation is your motor and heat exchanger running hotter.  This will ultimately lower the lifespan of both of them.
  • What’s the condition of your HVAC system? A smart thermostat can’t offer you much help if there is something wrong with your HVAC system. Most HVAC systems last 15-20 years, and they require routine cleaning and maintenance. Over time, your HVAC system can break down and lose its efficiency. A smart thermostat might cut down on wasted temperatures, but it can’t save you money from a damaged HVAC system.
  • Unsuspected cloth dryer maintained? The slow elimination of dangerous dryer exhausting products from the market over the last two decades has been the most significant step toward reducing fires. Years ago, the standard dryer duct was a white vinyl spiral wire duct. Not only was the vinyl susceptible to overheating and melting, the spiral “ribbed” construction created turbulence, reducing airflow, leading to lint accumulations within the ribs.

A Mylar-covered spiral wire duct replaced the white vinyl duct. Mylar is a shiny metallic-coated polyester film (often called foil), and it is slightly more heat-resistant than vinyl, but still presents potential problems for many of the same reasons.

The use of metal exhaust ducts is now the widely accepted standard, recommended and/or required by Underwriters Laboratory (UL), the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, most (if not all) dryer manufacturers and most building codes. The use of an all-metal (rigid or semi-rigid) dryer exhaust duct helps to achieve optimal airflow, reducing lint buildup and reducing the operating temperatures of the dryer.  Annual maintenance on a dryer vent can reduce run time of the dryer, and improve its efficiency.

Don’t Wait for the Next Utility Bill

Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature can be costly, but nobody should have to sacrifice their comfort to save money. A smart thermostat offers full temperature control that’s easy to use and monitor, and it spares you the trouble tinkering with your HVAC system. If it’s time to upgrade your home’s temperature control, then it’s to call the professionals. They can quickly install your new thermostat and ensure that it works properly. Don’t waste any more money that can be easily saved. Don’t settle for stuffy, stifling rooms when you can live comfortably, worry-free. It’s time to install a smart thermostat.

Contact Approved Comfort today for more tips and tricks on cutting down on energy costs via temperature control!