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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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What Is A Home Energy Test?

What Is A Home Energy Test?

Chances are you have heard of home energy testing but may wonder, “what is a home energy test” and whether it makes sense for you to schedule one for your home. Florida homeowners certainly want their homes to be as efficient as possible especially in the hot, humid climate in which we live. The Florida weather means that your air conditioner will work harder than those in other parts of the country and because of that you will want to make certain your home is as energy efficeint as possible. You will also want to make certain your air conditioner is operating at peak efficiency before summer returns.

Scheduling a professional energy audit and evaluation is a way to help determine if your house is as efficient as possible. This means, for example, that your home doesn’t have any “leaks” from which the air you’re cooling is escaping or that outside air is making its way into your home.

Look for an energy evaluation professional who is trained in energy audits. The professionals at Symbiont services have many years energy auditexperience performing energy audits and assessments for Florida homeowners.  After the energy evaluator visits your home and performs the energy evaluation test, he or she will offer you a document that will highlight any areas of concern.

An energy evaluation test includes:

  1. A thermographic scanning. This scan shows differences in temperatures within the home and also shows where cooled air is seeping out of the home. The thermographic scanning also highlights where there isn’t enough insulation in the home or where insulation may be improperly installed. The test will highlight “spot leaks” and areas of infiltration. You should receive a document that highlights these areas with colored areas.
  2. A blower door test will likely be performed. With this test, a fan will be attached to an exterior door frame of your house. The fan will draw the air out of the house and lowers the air pressure inside. Because air will try to enter the house to equalize the internal pressure, the blower door test allows the auditor to track areas where air is coming into the home. This test will detect unsealed openings (like around window or door frames) or cracks in the walls or foundation.

Contact Symbiont Service to answer any questions you have about energy audits and to schedule yours. At Symbiont Services we want to educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For information, click here to download our 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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What Is Geothermal Pool Heating CEU Course

What Is Geothermal Pool Heating? CEU Course. Call us to schedule your on-site CEU session 

Licensed Condominium Association Managers are required to take continuing education if they manage a condo in the State of Florida. Part of the credit they need to take is an elective on operational or facilities operations. Sandy King, who has 32-years of experience in teaching and in pool heating is an in-demand educator who will travel to your location to provide courses that qualify for continuing education credits for CAMs.

“We can go to your site or we can teach a group at a trade show,” she says. “There are times I’ve been invited into a management office to speak to multiple managers.”

Why hire Sandy and Symbiont Service Corp to provide your CEU training?

Sandy is a state-licensed contractor for air conditioning. She also is required to take continuing education courses every two years – 14 hours. Sandy and Symbiont Service Corp. completed the state-required paperwork to become a licensed provider of CEUs. “I wrote courses once I received my CEU provider number.” Sandy and Symbiont Service Corp can write and add new classes. “If we discover a need in the market and if we have the experience and knowledge to fill it, we will add more classes.” Read More »

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A Professional Energy Evaluation Will Show You How To Keep Your Cool

A Professional Energy Evaluation Will Show You How To Keep Your CoolThe residents of Florida’s Suncoast know how important their cooling system is, especially when battling searing temperatures. Unfortunately, trying to keep cool during the summer months can take a toll on your monthly budget when your home is not as energy efficient as possible. Fortunately, a home energy evaluation can help lower your cooling costs and keep your HVAC unit running efficiently. Read More »

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4 Steps To Hiring An HVAC Contractor With Confidence

4 Steps To Hiring An HVAC Contractor With ConfidenceHiring an HVAC contractor is not difficult, but hiring the right contractor may require a little bit of work. Basically, there are four steps to hiring an HVAC contractor with confidence:  Read More »

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3 Reasons Why You May Need An Air-Purification System

3 Reasons Why You May Need An Air-Purification SystemAn air-purification system can be a boon to the respiratory health of you and your family. These systems are designed to neutralize and eliminate microscopic pollutants in your home’s indoor air, helping you avoid the many health problems than can result from prolonged exposure to indoor air pollution. Read More »

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Tips On How To Tell When It’s Time To Replace Your Air Conditioner

Tips On How To Tell When It's Time To Replace Your Air ConditionerThere are several telltale signs to look for if you’re wondering whether you should replace your air conditioner. While it may be tempting simply to repair your existing unit, it is often cheaper in the long run to get a new air conditioner. A unit that is already beginning to show signs of failure will often need more and more repairs, which forces you to spend money that you could have allocated to a new, more efficient model that will also help to lower your cooling costs.
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A 7-Point Geothermal Installation Checklist For A Job Well Done

A 7-Point Geothermal Installation Checklist For A Job Well DoneGeothermal heating and cooling systems provide one of the most efficient ways to heat and cool your home or pool. However, because it’s so different from conventional heating and cooling methods, some homeowner shy away from it. By understanding the seven-point geothermal installation process, you will gain greater appreciation for this outstandingly efficient way to keep your Florida home comfortable all year round.

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HEPA Filtration: Take Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality To New Levels

HEPA Filtration: Take Your Home's Indoor Air Quality To New LevelsStaying indoors may not be the best strategy for avoiding airborne organic allergens and microorganisms. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that indoor air quality may be many times more polluted than the great outdoors. It’s not hard to believe. Homeowners have spent the last few decades making their homes airtight and energy efficient. But those lower utility costs came with a downside: Well-sealed homes also accumulate dust and other contaminants, exposing residents to concentrated doses with every breath. Read More »

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Geothermal Air Conditioning Provides The Best Of Both Worlds: Low Energy Costs And High Comfort

Geothermal Air Conditioning Provides The Best Of Both Worlds: Low Energy Costs And High ComfortIf you’re someone who likes to keep your home delightfully cool during southwest Florida’s long, hot and humid summers, consider a geothermal air conditioning system. These systems offer lower operational and maintenance costs than other types of air conditioning systems. Geothermal heat pumps tap into the naturally cooler temperatures underground, where temperatures sit from 45 to 70 degrees throughout the year.

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