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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.

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A/C Zoning Systems Enhance Comfort

A/C Zoning Systems Enhance Comfort, Symbiont Service professionals explain

With autumn in the air, you may not be thinking of upgrading your air conditioner, but upgrading now, at the end of the heating season might just be the ideal time. Starting your air conditioner upgrade now means that when summer 2017 rolls around, your home will be comfortable. When you’re talking with your Symbiont Service geothermal and air conditioner professional ask about how A/C zoning systems will enhance comfort throughout your home.

To ensure you’re making the best use of your air conditioning unit, having zoned temperature control provides flexibility in the customization of climate control for each separate room — or zone — in your home. With zoning systems in place, your family will never have the complaint that “this room is too cold” or “this room is too hot” because all of the rooms will be “just right!” Read More »

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Remote Access Possible With Programmable Thermostats

Remote Access Possible With Programmable ThermostatsProgrammable thermostats keep getting better and better, which is good news for residents of Florida’s Suncoast. Some “smart” models even give you the capability to make changes to your settings when you’re not even home. Remote access allows you to program your thermostat over the Internet, via a wireless connection. Read More »

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Program Your Themostat For Optimal Savings

Program Your Themostat For Optimal SavingsAdjust your heating and air conditioning temperature to suit the times you’re at home and awake as well as the times you’re gone or asleep, and you’ll be more comfortable while saving on utility bills. You can do it by making multiple daily trips to the thermostat, or simply by installing a programmable thermostat to do it for you.    Read More »

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Heat-Pump Thermostat: A How-To Guide For Enhancing Energy Savings

Heat pumps may be one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool homes in Florida because they use the heat in the air as fuel. To get the most efficiency from a pump, installing a heat-pump thermostat helps save energy, especially during the winter. Read More »

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Planning A Last-Minute Getaway This Summer? Program Your Thermostat Before You Leave

If you’re planning a last-minute getaway before summer ends, don’t forget to deal with your thermostat. If your home is going to be empty while you are away, you don’t need to maintain your regular temperature settings. Adjusting your thermostat settings can reduce your energy consumption and save you money while you’re having fun in the sun.

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Home Advisor’s Tips For Energy Savings: Use Them And Watch Your Savings Increase

At Symbiont Service Corp., energy savings have long been one of our core values and one of the main benefits we give our customers. To help our Englewood-area neighbors save energy (and save money on utility bills), we offer up these energy savings tips for Florida residents from the federal Energy Star program’s Home Advisor:

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What are efficient ways to heat pool water?

Swimming pool heat pumps offer an energy-efficient means of keeping your swimming pool warm. By using electricity to transfer heat from one place to the next instead of simply generating heat, a heat pump can save you in annual energy costs. Of course, to maximize energy savings, the heat pump you choose for your swimming pool must be properly sized by a professional.

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Programmable Thermostat Features You’ll Like

To save money and energy, many homeowners are switching to a programmable thermostat that allow them to control the amount of heat or cooling air they use during the summer, winter, day and night. By programming the thermostat, a homeowner can reduce their utility bills to a manageable size to fit their budget.

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