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4 Reasons to Own a Smart Programmable Thermostat

1. Remote Accessibility

Most homeowners only have 1 thermostat in their home, meaning there is only one place to control and access the temperature throughout their house. Smart thermostats fix this problem by allowing users to access their thermostat from any device capable of connecting to WIFI. Whether you prefer to use your phone, laptop, tablet or Amazon Alexa – there is a solution for you. There are many examples of people who benefit from this technology, but remote access is an especially wonderful tool for people who have a tough time getting around their homes. Once the thermostat is synced up to your preferred technology,  you can easily access the thermostat controls from anywhere with WIFI. Technology isn’t always about making the lazy people, lazier! It is fair to say, once you own a smart thermostat you’ll never go back.

2. Temperature Control

There are many reasons for investing in a smart thermostat, but this is really what drives most people to upgrading their home thermostat. Remote temperature control not only offers improved comfort, but it also saves you on your monthly utility bill. There are likely hours that go by everyday where your house sits vacant. For many homeowners, they leave their heat and air running during these times, wasting energy and increasing their utility costs. A programmable thermostat allows you to setup a schedule for your thermostat – 7 days a week. You can control the times your HVAC unit kicks on and off, and set different temperatures for your home throughout the day. While you are at work, keep your home in the high 70s and when 5:30 hits and you are pulling into your driveway, have your A/C kick on so you can enjoy a comfortable home.

3. Reliable Diagnostics

Have you ever found yourself wanting to check the health of your HVAC system but unsure of where to start? We’ve all probably changed out the filters in our home HVAC system, but for many of us that’s where our knowledge ends. Smart thermostats now offer real-time diagnostics capable of monitoring the health of your entire HVAC system. Many of the new innovative thermostats even notify your HVAC company when there is an issue. This is a pretty nifty feature when you think about it and can help catch issues with your HVAC system sooner rather than later, potentially saving you money and improving the longevity of your system.

4. Multi-Functional

Nowadays, thermostats are used for more than just controlling the temperature of your home or office. As with any industry, HVAC manufacturers are constantly looking for new ways to innovate their products and make them more appealing, user-friendly and functional for their users. Steve’s Heating’s featured thermostat is the Trane ComfortLink II XL1050. This piece of technology is a smart and programmable thermostat that packs a bunch of extra features beyond controlling the temperature of your home. Who knew HVAC products could be so cool! Companies like Trane understand thermostats aren’t the most beautiful wall decoration so some of their latest products utilize a new slick look that can be customized to better fit the appearance of your home. If a customizable appearance isn’t enough, you can turn your thermostat into a digital picture frame and even check the weather!

Are you interested in learning more about programmable thermostats? Give us a call and we’d be happy to answer any of your questions!

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5 Ways A Nest Thermostat Could Save You Money

Maybe you saw it at your doctor’s office, or the first time you walked into your friend’s newly renovated home. Maybe you saw a story about it on the news, or it was in the background of a photo you saved to your “Home Inspiration” board in Pinterest. We’ve all seen one: that small, circular surface with the brightly lit interface that always seems to pop up in trendy spaces. What is it?
It’s a Nest brand thermostat, or more specifically, the Nest Learning Thermostat. The “learning” feature is perhaps the most innovative; the thermostat learns what temperature you like and builds a schedule around it. Something so high-tech has to be completely out of budget for the average homeowner, right? Wrong! A Nest Thermostat can actually save you money—here’s how.

1. Never forget to adjust the temperature again.

After using the Nest Thermometer for a week, it will remember your heating preferences. Do you turn the heat down when you leave for work in the morning, or adjust it to cool your home right before you go to sleep? By remembering these preferences, the Nest Thermostat automates these changes so that you don’t have to think about it, and more importantly, will save you from accidentally leaving your heat on all day and running up your bill.

2. Get rid of costly standing fans and heaters for priority rooms.

Maybe you like a warm home but a cool bedroom, or maybe you can only get work done in your office while it’s nice and toasty but the rest of your family hates the heat. With Nest thermostats, you can set up zoning in your home so that different areas can be heated or cooled differently. This means you can say goodbye to additional space heaters or standing fans. Those are notorious energy-wasters, and having a solution for those will save you money long term.

3. Have complete control over temperature with mobile app, wherever you are. 

It’s your house, so you should be in control. Never worry about the temperature of your home again. Your house can be set to “Away” mode for extended periods of time. This is great for things like vacations. Do you have pets at home, or maybe a relative will be in your home while you’re away? Nothing to worry about, your temperature can be easily adjusted and then readjusted to accommodate changing situations, even when you’re remote.

4. Safety features save you from costly home disasters.

If your home is experiencing extreme heat or cold, Nest will send you alert to avoid damage being done. This is a safety net against huge potential dangers–and thus, potential expenses– for your home, like pipes freezing or overheating your home. Never worry about an unexpected heat or cold wave again, with a Nest Thermostat, your home and your money can be safeguarded with the touch of a button.

5. The first thermostat to get the ENERGY STAR CERTIFIED.

If you’re not yet convinced, you can trust the experts at Energy Star. They are committed to putting their stamp on products that benefit the consumer and the planet, so having a thermostat be energy star certified is huge. One of Nest Thermostat’s ultimate is Eco mode, which can optimize and choose the best, most cost and energy efficient temperature for your home. This type of innovation is what earned them their energy star certification, and also makes them the best choice for cost-conscious consumers.

Those are just the obvious reasons a Nest Thermostat can save you money. Get in touch with the experts at Steve’s Heating to start taking advantage of this new, efficient, money-saving technology today.