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Should You Get A Programmable Thermostat?

Should You Get A Programmable Thermostat

Chances are you have heard about the advances in technology and have wondered should you get a programmable thermostat, we believe they are a great investment for homeowners in Florida. We have found that many homeowners that we work with are making a change to programmable thermostats and other high-tech home appliances and equipment.

A programmable thermostat works day and night, winter and summer and helps homeowners reduce their utility bills. How? Because many of us forget to turn the thermostat down when we leave the house or when we go to bed. A programmable thermostat relieves that burden of having to remember because it will turn down or up based on the times you have set. There are even “smart thermostats” on the market that will “learn” your habits and will turn up or down based on your lifestyle.

Should You Get A Programmable Thermostat?

Here are items to consider if you’re thinking of an upgrade to a programmable thermostat:programmable thermostat

  1. As mentioned newer programmable thermostats are sophisticated and will link to your smart phone. The thermostat will let you know how long it takes to reach the comfort level you’ve set for heating or cooling. After you’ve set the thermostat it will adjust based on your habits.
  2. Newer thermostats are digital. It may be an odd feeling when your thermostat will “determine” that your room or home is too hot or cold and will adjust accordingly back to the temperature you had preset.
  3. Digital thermostats will also update you — in the smart phone app — as to when the heater or air conditioner was on and for how long.

How can you save energy and save money with a programmable thermostat? 

If you’re not home during the day the programmable thermostats should be adjusted to reflect the fact that there is no need to heat or cool the home while you’re gone. If you reduce the setting on your thermostat by 10° to 15° for eight to ten hours per day (while you’re at work or school) you could potentially save up to 15% on your utility bill annually. The best part is that no one will be complaining they are too hot or too cold because no one is home!

When investing in a programmable thermostat do some research to determine what features you want in the system. You may just want one that is purely programmable, you may want one that sends you alerts, some of them will also tell you when to change the filters in the furnace or air conditioner. If you want your heating and air conditioning unit to operate at peak efficiency — and who doesn’t? — changing filters is a necessary task.

If you invest in a programmable thermostat you may spend upwards of $100 or more depending on the features you want, but you will see a return on your investment in the savings you reap on your utility bills.

The goal of the #GeoThermal experts at Symbiont Services is to educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For information, click here to download a free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Symbiont Service Corp. serves Englewood, Florida and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.

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5 Heat Pump Facts That Will Help You Choose Wisely

5 Heat Pump Facts That Will Help You Choose WiselyYou may feel like you’re behind the eight ball if you haven’t been fully briefed on the basics of a heat pump. Heat pump use is on the rise in Florida, with many homeowners converting their homes to the environmentally-friendly and efficient heating and cooling option. Read More »

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Tips For Upgrading Attic Insulation To Lower Your Home’s Cooling Load

Tips For Upgrading Attic Insulation To Lower Your Home's Cooling LoadOne of the most neglected areas in home heating and cooling is the attic. Energy loss due to heat transfer through poor attic insulation can be as high as 25 percent. Considering that heating and cooling can account for up to 70 percent of all utility costs for a home, the energy loss can be substantial. Properly insulating your attic space will result in short term gains in energy savings and long term gains in extended heating and cooling system lifespan. Read More »

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Surge Protection: Preserve Your Home Systems With Maximum Protection

Surge Protection: Preserve Your Home Systems With Maximum ProtectionHave you ever stopped to think what your day would be like without electronics? What would happen to your home office or your entertainment center if an electrical surge zapped your computer, stereo, television and/or microwave? Even with insurance, the deductible can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars to replace these items. Power surges can also damage your heating and cooling equipment, leaving your home cold and damp. Read More »

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When A NATE-Certified Technician Is On The Job, You Can Relax

When A NATE-Certified Technician Is On The Job, You Can RelaxAre you ready to spring-forward into the new season? Do it right by scheduling a service call for your pool, spa and home-comfort systems. It can be difficult to decide who to call when there are hundreds of contractors and technicians from which to choose. The first step for ensuring quality service and installation for your heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), and pool/spa equipment is to choose a NATE-certified technician. Read More »

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Lower Your Cooling Load Now, Before Florida Really Heats Up

In Florida, you know that the winters are warm and the summer is hot. Air conditioning costs can go through the roof during the lengthy cooling season, and you can spend a fortune to simply keep your home comfortable. Before the worst of the heat arrives and you crank up the A/C, consider the following steps for reducing your cooling load: Read More »

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Heat Pumps Can Heat Your Pool, Too

You’ve heard about the efficiency of heat pumps in terms of heating and cooling your home, but did you know that heat pumps can be used to effectively heat your pool, too? That’s right, just as a household heat pump extracts heat from the outdoor air and uses to heat your home during the winter, your pool’s heat pump can tap into the free and unlimited heat of the air to warm your water. In fact, since a heat pump simply moves warm air instead of creating it via another fuel source such as electricity or gas, it is significantly more efficient in terms of energy use.

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A Little Effort Goes A Long Way … When You Change Your Air Filters Regularly

Interested in improving the efficiency of your HVAC system? A little effort goes a long way, and routinely checking your air filters can give your system the efficiency boost it needs to improve comfort at home and reduce energy costs.

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UV Lights — A Key Player In Your Clean-Air Strategy

Some air purifiers use ultraviolet light to complement traditional filtration methods. UV radiation in certain doses is a potent weapon against airborne bacteria, molds and viruses. Using this light in air purifiers is meant to not only filter this organic matter from the air, but to kill it.

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How Symbiont’s One-Stop Shop Helps Our Customers Get Expert Service

If you’re finding yourself sweating through the hot and muggy Englewood summers, then you’re probably in need of a good HVAC contractor. If you’re like many Florida residents, you may need heating for your pool, ventilation throughout your house, plus air conditioning–and that’s just to survive the month of July! Symbiont Service Corp. not only offers expert service in these areas, but offers design, installation, maintenance, and emergency services as well.

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