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Energy Efficient Ways to Use Your Smart Thermostat in Winter

Energy Efficient Ways to Use Your Smart Thermostat in Winter

You’ve had your eye on your energy efficient smart thermostat for weeks now. You’ve been tinkering with the settings, trying to find the saving’s sweet spot. Sometimes you think you have found it – other times you are not so sure. There are many things a smart thermostat can do: save you money, run off wifi, keep you comfortable, and even tell you if your pipes are going to freeze. I’m sorry – did we mention the possible savings?

While all those things are possible – the truth is – smart thermostats are only as smart as the programmer: You! For 20 years, Iceberg Heating & Cooling has been Monroe County’s premiere HVAC specialist, and today we’re going to teach you some energy efficient ways a smart thermostat can help save you money and keep you warm comfortable this winter.

  1. Smart Advanced Programming.

You’re probably familiar with the basic controls of a thermostat. There’s “On,” “Off,” “Heat,” and “Cool” on traditional thermostats – but smart thermostats up the ante by allowing the user to program advance settings. With a smart thermostat, you can set it so that it lowers the temperature an hour after you go to bed and raises the temperature back up an hour before you wake. This consistency is key. If you were to attempt this manually, there would be swings in the temperature sooner or later that would cause you to overheat or cool your home.

  1. Scarily enough – it learns things about you.

Actually, this isn’t scary at all. Your smart thermostat isn’t Skynet – it’s not going to rise up and attack the human race. But it will, however, learn your habits over time. If there’s a part of the day when you like the home warmer or cooler, your smart thermostat will learn these behaviors and begin to adjust the temperature for you automatically.

  1. You Can See Your Past Energy Usage.

Most smart thermostats give the homeowner access to their energy history. This knowledge is a major difference when you are trying to save money on your energy bill. You can see where you may have had the house too warm at times when you weren’t even home. Being able to see this and make the necessary adjustments is a vital step in your overall energy savings.

  1. Zone-Controlled Adjustments.

With a zone-controlled HVAC system, you can control the temperature in each zoned area of the home. This can mean major savings on your heating and cooling bills. Say there is an area of the home you are seldom in; you can set that area of the home – let’s say zone four – to be five degrees cooler than zones one, two, and three. Since that part of the home won’t be using as much energy, you’ll see a noticeable difference on your next energy bill.

While these tips will help you better understand the ways your smart thermostat can save you money, they are by no means a substitute for an HVAC professional. At Iceberg Heating & Cooling, our technicians are specially trained to be able to install and set up your smart thermostat to be energy efficient. We also offer a variety of maintenance options with our Comfort Club™ membership program. Comfort Club™ provides you with regular system checks, bi-annual checkups, and superior service. This will ensure your HVAC unit is operating at its best and will meet manufacturer requirements for extended warranties. We’re on call, online, and always on time, so schedule your air quality appointment today by calling the professionals at Iceberg Heating & Cooling at (734) 375-1119 or email.

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