Back in the 1980’s the concept of a “smart home” ignited all of our imagination. In that era, the idea of controlling your appliances and house through a single, computerized hub sounded like science fiction. Some of the components from RadioShack promised “the future today” and we got excited about controlling lights and even the toaster. Fast forward to the twenty-first century and we are all becoming more comfortable with our device apps that control the front door, the garage door, the cameras around the house, and of course, our heating and cooling system. We talk to Alexa to listen to our favorite music or remind us about the doctor’s appointment.
Over the past 10 years there’s been a lot of DIY devices that in varying degrees help us control the temperature and has proven to be a brighter way to save energy. As a homeowner, you’re always in search of ways to reduce your expenses without sacrificing any of the comfort that a cool home in summer and a warm home in winter provides. One easily overlooked component that can help you to save a great deal of money in your home is the thermostat. That nondescript box on the wall is the device that you use to regulate the temperature inside of your home. You can lower and raise the temperature at will to increase the comfort of your environment.
Your thermostat controls half your energy bill – more than appliances, more than electronics. So shouldn’t it help you save energy? Independent studies have proven that a smart thermostat such as the Honeywell Smart Wifi 7 day programmable can save an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. That means that in two years, it can pay for itself. The Honeywell Thermostat has remote access to the thermostat through a computer, tablet, or smart phone with Honeywell’s Total Connect Comfort Service. You’ll find indoor humidity displayed below the temperature on the touchscreen, and you can choose programmable modes to save on annual heating and cooling costs.
Once you’ve got your programmable thermostat installed, how do you start saving money? Here’s a tip: Discover how to program the best numbers (for wake-up, leaving the house, returning and sleeping) for your area: go to /yourhome.honeywell.com/en/energy-calculator A calculation based on the Lower Mainland estimated that you could save $179 yearly by using the optimal cooling and heating times for your home, which was also available. Programmable thermostats require an investment of time initially, but once you have gotten the hang of how to program it, you can set it days and weeks in advance and forget about it. And best yet, if you’re on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, and you realize that you’re heating the house to keep your furniture warm, you can just grab your device, and you’re one click away (well maybe two or three) from saving.
It’s also important not to think in extremes (such as really cool temperatures then warming ones during the day). Turning down the thermostat too much at night (in the wintertime) cools everything off – including sofas, and areas that take a while to recover the warmth of your daytime numbers. That taxes your furnace and it is actually working harder. A little bit of balance is needed to keep your energy cost numbers steadily going down. Even if you don’t set a schedule for your thermostat, some Honeywell programmable thermostats will use algorithms to “learn” your habits and will begin to automatically adjust your heating and cooling based on your usage patterns. Of course, you can still override this by manually adjusting the temperature.
It also offers advanced fan settings designed to keep you comfortable and save energy simultaneously. You can adjust the background color from an established list or use the custom menu to create your own color scheme. This thermostat will send you warnings when it registers an extreme degree shift beyond the norm and lets you know when it’s time to replace your air filter. It also tracks the indoor humidity and displays the external temperature and humidity. In many cases, Alexa can also be a part of the team, as your voice commands can instruct her to increase or lower temperatures.
Want to know more? Talk to the knowledgeable folks at Gandy. Gandy Installations is one of the most trusted companies in the industry, with over 60 years of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) experience. We offer a broad range of services including HVAC installations (residential, commercial and industrial), maintenance, service and repair of heating and cooling equipment, as well as duct cleaning and plumbing and electrical services.
Our service area extends from Hope to Horseshoe Bay, almost anywhere in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Call us at 604-534-5555.