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Today’s world is a lot.

Tornadoes. Wildfires. Hurricanes. Floods. Bomb cyclones (what even is that?) Earthquakes. Deep freezes.

Weather is becoming more extreme, and natural disasters are commonplace. Natural resources continue to be depleted, and the damage to the atmosphere becomes more severe as we continue to use them.

These massive problems seem too enormous for any one person to combat effectively. Most of us consider these as they relate to us as individuals. We try to decide how we can protect ourselves, our homes, and our families.

The good news is there is one answer that can help with all of these.

How you use energy in your home can affect both your and your family’s health and how much energy you use — which, in turn, affects your household’s overall impact on the environment. And, the less energy you use, the less you’ll spend on utility bills.

What magic is this?

All your life, you’ve probably been told to turn off lights when you leave a room or to not leave the door open. As an adult, you might even turn down the thermostat when you leave the house each morning. And while these things are great in theory, they seldom have the desired impact — if only for lack of consistency.

But what if you could do all of this without even thinking about it?

That’s what programmable thermostats are all about. While modern tech and the Internet of Things (IoT) might sound intimidating, in practice, they are simple, super-practical, and help take most of the thinking out of saving energy.

Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to create heating and cooling schedules that change the home’s temperature based on things like when the house is unoccupied, like during the workday; occupied, like evenings or weekends; or when residents are sleeping.

Some models also allow temperature control by zone, meaning that rooms that are used less are heated or cooled less. For example, more commonly used living areas are heated or cooled more. This has numerous benefits:

  • Uses less energy — as much as 10% less annually, according to NerdWallet
  • Increases comfort levels
  • Makes automatic adjustments simple
  • Reduces energy costs
  • Remote controlling and monitoring

In addition, many smart thermostats can be part of a complete, smart home. Smart homes enable homeowners to monitor everything about their houses, like heating and cooling and security, from devices like smartphones, watches, or tablets.

One of the keys to achieving success with a programmable, smart, or wifi thermostat is choosing the right one for the system you have. One option is to replace your entire system — don’t forget the ductwork if you have a forced-air system — including the thermostat. If you’re looking to add a programmable thermostat to your existing system, be sure to consult a heating and cooling professional like All American Heating to help you determine what’s right for your home.

How does a smart thermostat work? They’re commonly available with four different programming configurations:

  • 7-day or 1-week, models – run the set daily temperature schedule every day of the week.
  • 5-2-day models – similar to the 1-week model, but has two schedules: one for workdays and one for weekend days.
  • 5-1-1-day models – allow homeowners to program a schedule to run during weekdays and unique schedules for each Saturday and Sunday.
  • 7-day models – allow for a different, programmed temperature schedule for each day of the week.

How does this help with your family’s health?

There are several health perks to installing a smart thermostat in your home. With a temperature reduction of just 10 degrees about half an hour before bedtime, you could fall asleep faster and sleep better. Sleep is one of the most important aspects of good health.

In addition, as part of a full-system overhaul in which your current furnace is replaced with a more energy-efficient model and where your duct system is cleaned and sealed with Aeroseal, a smart thermostat will capitalize on these improvements with its heating and cooling schedules to deliver conditioned air where and when your family needs it. A new system installation like this can not only upgrade your furnace but also help ensure that it’s working at the promised efficiency levels.

Sealed ductwork lets your furnace or air conditioner deliver cleaner air where you want it to go. A programmable thermostat makes sure this fresh air is running to your family when they are home to breathe it. All American Heating offers indoor air quality solutions to help keep you and your family healthy and living your best lives.

A few tips:

Consult your heating and cooling professional to choose the right furnace or boiler, and the proper thermostat, for your home. This will help ensure the smart thermostat you choose is compatible with your system.

  • Let a pro do your installation. Work with your expert to do your setup.
  • Be prepared when you do your setup. Lay out your schedule in advance.
  • Practice doing adjustments over time to get used to using it.
  • Finally, find a schedule that works for your home and stick with it.

So, how do smart thermostats save energy?

Consistent Temperatures

Do smart thermostats save money? Absolutely! They excel in providing consistent temperatures throughout your home, which plays a key role in reducing energy bills. By leveraging advanced algorithms, a smart thermostat continuously adjusts the temperature settings of your HVAC system to align with your preferred comfort level without overworking the air conditioning. 

This feature not only ensures optimal energy usage but also reduces unnecessary energy consumption, directly contributing to smart thermostat energy savings. The balance it maintains between comfort and energy efficiency demonstrates its ability to save energy and money.

Geofencing Technology

By using geofencing technology, smart thermostats detect your proximity to your home and adjust temperature settings accordingly. When you leave a predefined geographical boundary, the thermostat can switch the heating and cooling systems to a more energy-efficient mode to minimize energy waste when the house is empty. 

This smart feature not only enhances the benefits of a smart thermostat but also reduces the energy bill by avoiding the heating or cooling of an unoccupied space. The integration of this technology with other smart home devices can further improve energy consumption and maximize your overall energy savings.

Learning Capabilities

Most smart thermostats have the ability to learn from your habits and preferences. Over time, these devices analyze your routine and automatically modify the heating and cooling settings to suit your lifestyle.

This adaptation minimizes the operational hours of your HVAC system, curbing unnecessary energy usage and lowering utility bills. By understanding and anticipating your needs, smart thermostats save energy and money, making them a valuable addition to homes looking to enhance their energy efficiency.

Weather Adaptability

What does a smart thermostat do when the weather outside suddenly changes? Simple — they react! Smart thermostats can monitor external weather conditions and make preemptive adjustments to your home’s temperature.

This functionality allows the thermostat to prepare for a sudden drop or rise in temperature by altering the indoor climate settings in advance, which helps maintain a steady energy output from your cooling system. This proactive approach not only improves the overall energy efficiency of your home but also ensures that your energy consumption remains low to reduce utility costs.

To Learn More About the Benefits of a Smart Thermostat, Reach Out to All American Heating

Is a smart thermostat worth it? Without question! If you want to hear more about programmable, smart, or wifi thermostats, call All American Heating. 

In addition to installing smart controls, we also offer ductwork, IAQ, and a variety of professional heating and cooling services. Get in touch today to learn more about the smart thermostat technology we can install and how we can make your home more energy-efficient!

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