What is a Smart Thermostat and Why Do You Need One for Your Mount Washington Home?
Smart thermostats and Wi-Fi thermostats have a lot of the same features, like being able to connect to the internet, being accessible on a mobile device, and being able to control your HVAC system virtually from your pocket. However, there are a few differences; yes, they both connect via the internet. Still, only a smart thermostat can be controlled and managed even if you aren’t connected to Wi-Fi, thus using your cellular connection. Another notable difference is the fact that a smart thermostat can learn your temperature habits and change them automatically and detect when no one is home, and going into “eco mode,” which will, in turn, produce savings on your monthly utility bills. Many experts agree that homes that use a smart or Wi-Fi thermostat compared to a programmable one have lower energy usage levels. On top of that, those pesky old-fashioned thermostats are prone to be programmed incorrectly or can accidentally be completely disabled. Because of this, our experts suggest investing in one of our energy-efficient and low-cost thermostats such as an Ecobee, Honeywell (with the Honeywell T6, T10), Google Nest, and Carrier Infinity.
What Temperature Should I Set My Thermostat?
One of the biggest questions our technicians and installers get asked is, “What temperature should I set my thermostat at?” Well, typically, a good rule of thumb set by Energy Star is to set your thermostat at 68° F. This is a comfortable temperature for virtually any time of the year and will also cut down on your energy costs. However, if 68° F seems too hot or too cold, our experts have put together a few of the following tips to help you find the perfect temperature for you, your home, and your family.
Setting your thermostat in the winter to save energy
As stated before, the sweet spot for the temperature of your residential home is 68° F. Nevertheless, this isn’t true for all households. Finding the perfect temperature for your home in the winter is essential; however, keep in mind that it may take a bit of trial and error to get it perfect. To find your optimal indoor comfort level for the winter, our experts suggest starting by setting your thermostat at 68° F. Remember to wait at least an hour for your HVAC system to catch up. If, after an hour or so, your home still seems too cold, you can move the thermostat up a degree or two at a time. But, again, remember to wait at least an hour in between each setting to give your HVAC system time to adjust.
Another thing that will help when setting your indoor temperature lower in the wintertime is wearing warmer clothing, such as a hooded sweatshirt, sweat pants, long sleeves, and lots of layers. On the other hand, if 68° F seems too warm, you can always lower it one to two degrees to promote even more energy savings.
Optimal settings for saving money
No matter who you are or where you live, everyone likes to save money, especially when it comes to their home heating and cooling costs. Did you know that setting your thermostat back from its average temperature between 7 to 10 degrees for at least 8 hours during the day can save homeowners up to 10% on their yearly heating and cooling costs? If you’re worried about being too hot or too cold during this time, The United States Department of Energy suggests doing this while everyone in the home is asleep or during the day when no one is home. This, without a doubt, will help maximize your overall energy savings while simultaneously reducing your home’s energy consumption. On top of that, our experts at Mount Washington Heating & Cooling advise all homeowners to invest and install a smart or Wi-Fi thermostat, which makes this whole process virtually hands-free. Because smart thermostats can learn your temperature preferences as well as your schedule after a month or so, it will begin to automate and optimize your home’s HVAC setting for the best results. Ultimately saving homeowners time, energy, and, most importantly, money.
Setting your thermostat in the summer to save energy
Many people like to keep their homes nice and cool during the year’s summer months, and some even like it cooler than others. Nevertheless, no matter what our temperature preferences are, we all heavily rely on our HVAC systems to provide cool air as well as humidity relief. In the hot summer days here in the Greater Cincinnati area, we all want to be comfortable while saving energy and money on our utility bills. One of the best ways to accomplish all three is by setting your home’s thermostat to Energy Stars recommendation of 68° F. This temperature is proven by the experts of having the perfect mix of energy savings and comfort. If 68° F seems too hot or too cold, you can always raise or lower the temperature to your preference. Keep in mind raising your home temperate in the summer will help you save on costs and energy consumption while lowering it will increase costs and energy consumption. Either way, everyone’s optimal comfort level differs, so don’t be discouraged from trying other temperature settings. Also, don’t forget that you will need to wait at least an hour for your HVAC system to catch up after changing the temperature setting.
Other times of the year
So what if it isn’t a time of the year when you typically use your HVAC system? Well, even though programmable thermostats will automatically adjust your temperature, it has to be input manually. This means you have to either know your schedule ahead of time or stick to a strict schedule. Nevertheless, this can still result in human error, whether it’s because you incorrectly put in temperatures or if the weatherman’s predictions for the coming week were wrong. This is why our experts strongly suggest investing in a smart or Wi-Fi thermostat. Mainly because if you are connected via smartphone or tablet to the internet or cellular data, you can update the temperature in your home, all with the click of a button regardless of where you are. So, if you left your home at an incorrect temperature because the weatherman was wrong, in that case, you can change it immediately, ultimately giving homeowners peace of mind.
Wi-Fi Thermostat + Installation Deal
Are you a homeowner located in the Greater Cincinnati area who is contemplating investing in a modern smart or Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat because of the cost that comes along with it? Well, look no further because you’re in luck! At Mount Washington Heating & Cooling, our experts can help with smart or Wi-Fi thermostat installation at the lowest prices in the region, guaranteed. On top of that, we offer fantastic deals on smart and Wi-Fi thermostats. However, act fast because offers won’t last forever! Especially in today’s day and age, Smart thermostats are among the most popular appliances across homeowners in Southwest Ohio.
Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Investing in Quality Air Filters
Replacing your HVAC system’s air filters on a regular basis is essential. Most homeowners are aware of this. However, many are unaware that standard air filters contain one inch of fiberglass, which usually does nothing to improve indoor air quality or clean the air in your home; only protect your home comfort equipment. This means investing in better air filters could go far in your home to improve your dwelling’s air quality. Homeowners should consider this if anything compromises their home’s indoor air quality.
Keeping Up With Seasonal Maintenance
Staying consistent and keeping up with routine maintenance on your HVAC system is essential for longevity, comfort, and indoor air quality. As a matter of fact, staying proactive with your HVAC unit will ensure that it will run smoothly and efficiently as it is intended to. In addition, staying up to date on your seasonal maintenance will always keep your equipment safe in the long run and ensure your air quality stays in good health.
Homeowners may be unaware, but a large share of indoor air pollutants and causes for additional humidity comes from bathrooms and kitchens. Likewise, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide are toxic contaminants released from gas stoves and at a lower level for electric stoves, as well as other harmful pollutants that can absorb naturally into your bloodstream. So, make sure to open a window or turn on the vents in your home when you start cooking or need to use the bathroom to help filter out the toxic pollutants from your air supply.
Maintain Healthy Humidity
Standard humidity levels within residential homes should be between 30 and 50 percent. However, most HVAC professionals prefer humidity levels to be at least between 35 and 40 percent, 30 at the absolute lowest during the winter months. Keeping an eye on your home’s humidity levels is especially important for optimizing your indoor air quality, which is why you should keep an eye on your home’s humidity levels year-round.
General Thermostat Questions & Answers
How long do smart thermostats typically last?
If you invest in one of the industries leading thermostats that Mount Washington Heating & Cooling sells, such as a Honeywell, Ecobee, or Google Nest, they are specifically made to last a very long time. Nevertheless, the longevity of your new home appliance is intertwined with various factors, for example, the brand, model, and the settings that are being utilized on a daily basis. With all of those factors being considered, experts say the average lifecycle of a smart or Wi-Fi thermostat should be at least 10 years. But, to be honest, as long as you don’t cause any damage, wear, or tear to it, these systems can last much longer.
Are programmable thermostats as good as modern thermostats?
They all come with their own set of pros and cons; however, modern thermostats are as good or, as some would say, better than programmable thermostats. They are called “smart” thermostats for a reason. Mainly because of the fact that they are intuitive and, as the name suggests, smart. These thermostats offer homeowners access to their heating and cooling settings like never before. In addition, they have the ability to learn and regulate your home’s indoor temperatures around the clock with no intervention from a homeowner, which works by targeting times when no one is home and lowering or raising the temperature depending on the time of the year. Thus, saving your overall energy consumption is good for the environment and saves you money, which is good for your wallet.
What basics do I need to know when having a smart thermostat installed?
As stated before, smart thermostats work simultaneously with your HVAC system to provide your residential home with the most optimal level of comfort and air quality. Not to mention, it also saves homeowners on their overall energy consumption, which leads to saving money on your monthly utility bills. Even though most of this sounds technical and complicated to understand, this is not the case. These smart thermostats are one of the most user-friendly and easy-to-understand home appliances that are currently on the market. With that being said, if you can understand and operate a smartphone, then learning how to use a smart thermostat will be a breeze. Additionally, as many homeowners can attest, you’ll enjoy the comfort, convenience, and overall control that a smart thermostat has to offer you, your family, and your home.
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