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Smart Thermostats: The Way to Wiser Heating

Most of us have been heating our home or office the same way for many years. We set a standard programmable thermostat at a desired temperature. The thermostat then commands the heating unit to operate until reaching that temperature throughout the living or working area.

While historically this system has helped us stay comfortable during cold weather, it hasn’t always been efficient; rather, it can use more energy than required and cost more than we need to spend. We’re also restricted to the thermostat’s location when we want to adjust the settings.

Smart thermostats provide the solution for greater convenience, savings and energy conservation. Air Dynamics specializes in smart thermostat consultation and installation for homes and offices in Oswego, Yorkville, Naperville, Aurora and Plainfield (IL). With our resources, you can take full advantage of a smart thermostat’s primary benefits.

Cost and Energy Savings

On average, heating and cooling accounts for close to half of our annual energy use. When we set a standard thermostat to reach one temperature throughout 2,000 square feet, for example, we’re drawing a lot of gas or electricity to achieve that.

Beyond using extra energy, maintaining a single interior climate can spike our utility bills. This becomes especially true for homes or offices where programmable thermostats aren’t set up properly.

Most of us don’t need our heating to work the same way in every area at all times. Because smart thermostat technology lets you define and program your heating more precisely, it becomes an energy-saving asset for you, which also lowers your bills.

Easy Programming with Remote Access

Many smart thermostats allow you to program and monitor your heating with apps through your phone, your computer and even your voice with an Amazon Echo or Alexa (or anything similar with Internet access). This enables you to set desired heating levels and times whether you are at home or away.

If you’re on vacation, you can establish times and temperatures from afar. If you’re sitting in your living room and you want to further warm the house without getting up, you can simply adjust your smart thermostat with a connected device.

Built-In Heating IQ

Your smart thermostat learns your heating and cooling preferences and usage patterns by intuition. With this information, it can program itself for optimal run times. Some smart thermostats can even figure out when you’re home (and not) as well as how warm or cool you like your spaces to be all day long.

Our favorite smart thermostat, the Ecobee3, comes with wireless sensors that monitor temperature and occupancy throughout your home. Applying that data, the thermostat ensures more-even temperatures through the home while using less energy.

In addition, smart thermostats won’t reset or lose information because a battery runs out, as can happen with a standard thermostat. Programming and usage tracking are stored and available through an online portal you establish.

Many of the smart thermostats we’ve installed in our clients’ homes in Oswego, Yorkville, Naperville, Aurora and Plainfield have produced excellent results. Often, we can achieve as little as a one-degree temperature difference between floors.

Remote Alerts and Reminders

Smart thermostats can notify you if there’s a problem with your HVAC system. For example, if your home has a power outage or your heat is not warming up at the level you programmed, your smart-thermostat app will e-mail you.

The thermostat can even alert us at Air Dynamics that your heating system needs attention. Efficient thermostat functioning requires proper airflow and ventilation, and we can ensure all system components are securing your comfort during winter.

Your smart thermostat also can send you periodic reminders for preventive maintenance, as well as prompt you when it’s time to change the furnace’s air filter.

Usage Analysis and Reports

Because a smart thermostat tracks your energy usage, it can analyze your trends and present them to you through detailed, easy-to-read monthly reports. Each report can tell you how often your heat ran during the month as well as how your energy consumption compared with other users’.

Contact Us Today

Call us at (630) 731-1550 to find out more about our smart thermostats for Oswego, Yorkville, Plainfield, Naperville and Aurora. We welcome your questions about how you can save more money and energy – and enjoy greater convenience – in keeping your home or office cozy and warm.

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