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Why a Smart Thermostat is the Answer to Today’s Energy Problems

A couple sleeps soundly in bed with their beagle dog. A programmable thermostat can reduce the temperature in your home right before bedtime, helping you and your family fall asleep faster, and sleep more soundly.

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, commonplace. Natural resources continue to deplete and the damage to the atmosphere is more severe as we continue to use them.

And, a global pandemic that shows no signs of slowing down.

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.

How old is your thermostat? How about your heating system as a whole? State-of-the art, energy-efficient equipment can help you save energy and spend less, which is critical in today's world.

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 – BONUS –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 do 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.

You can control the temperature in your home from any smart device. With a smart thermostat, you can save money, help the environment and benefit from an upgraded home heating system

Some models also allow temperature control by zone – as in, rooms that are used less, are heated or cooled less; more common 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.

Your HVAC professional can help you decide what the right thermostat model is for your home. A qualified tech like those at All American Heating can install your thermostat and teach you how to use it.

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.

Smart thermostats are 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 it can help ensure that it’s working at promised efficiency levels.

Lowering the temperature of the room before bedtime can help you fall asleep faster, and sleep better. A full home heating system overhaul complete with Aeroseal duct seal and a programmable thermostat can help by delivering clean, conditioned air to you and your family where and when you need it.

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

Using a smart thermostat allows you to make adjustments from your smart phone when you're on the go and your schedule changes. This helps you maximize the efficiency of your home HVAC systems.
  • 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.

For more information on programmable, smart, or wifi thermostats, visit https://allamericanheating.com/services/alarms-and-controls/#smart-thermostats.

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