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Benefits of Switching to a Smart Thermostat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heating and cooling account for nearly half of your home’s energy costs. Smart thermostats are the next generation of temperature control. They offer more control over your home’s temperature and climate, therefore saving you more on your energy bill! Not to mention a smart thermostat’s Wi-Fi connection offers many perks and advantages that go beyond temperature control.

Check out some of the following benefits of switching to a Smart Thermostat:

Save Energy

Smart thermostats can help homeowners and families save money each month. These thermostats are efficient and allow you to use less energy, all while helping the environment. On average, smart thermostats such as the Nest Learning Thermostat provide average savings of $131 to $145 a year. The Nest Learning Thermostat encourages its users to make smart, energy-saving choices by awarding Leaf badges and providing easy tips in the monthly energy reports. Some smart thermostats also feature a learning ability that can remember the times you prefer to lower or raise the temperature in your home, which can result in additional monthly savings as well.

Remote Access

Most smart thermostats allow homeowners to connect their devices via Wi-Fi. These Wi-Fi thermostats contain sensors which control the heating and cooling systems in a home and work in conjunction with your HVAC system. This means that you have the ability to control your home’s temperature even when you are not home by logging in from anywhere in the world with an internet connection and making corrections to your thermostat. So if you ever forget to turn down your thermostat before going to work or on vacation, this feature is very helpful!

Useful Features

Smart thermostats are designed to make your life easier and to do the thinking for you. They have very useful features such as maintenance reminders and the ability to monitor energy consumption. A smart thermostat has dirty filter detection so it can notify you when it is time to replace your air filter. You can monitor energy consumption every week to know if your energy use has gone up or down and to become smarter about how you program your thermostat.

TRUST BOB’S HEATING & AIR CONDITIONING

Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning is proud to offer the best in thermostat technology from the most reputable brands on the market. We also offer water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces and other systems that provide comfort and increase indoor air quality in Western Washington homes. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning proudly partners with organizations focused on sustainability and innovation, including Built Green, Energy Star, and Puget Sound Energy. Call 1-800-840-3346 or contact us online today.

 

 

Pitfalls to Avoid When Shopping For an Air Conditioner

Pitfalls to Avoid When Shopping For an Air ConditionerIt may come as no surprise that above normal temperatures are predicted for the entire state of Washington for summer 2016. Washingtonians, brace yourselves. Luckily, we have this great invention known today as, air conditioning. With careful planning and avoiding the following pitfalls, any buyer can become educated when shopping for an air conditioner.

1. Neglecting Seasonal Price Differences

It is not only common, but natural to wait and make a purchase when the need or want is apparent.  However, failing to consider seasonal sales on air conditioners is a pitfall many consumers make. That is why preparing ahead of time and shopping before you need an air conditioner is one of the best ways to get what you want, when you want it. Do your family a favor and plan ahead. Get the perfect model that suits your family’s needs before they melt from the sticky, summer heat.

2. Ignoring SEER

What is SEER? An educated buyer understands that SEER is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. In simpler terms, SEER is to air conditioners as miles per gallon is to cars. The more cooling a system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes, the more efficient, leading to a higher SEER rating. For example, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning has units that range from 13 SEER to 19 SEER. The higher the SEER, the lower the operating costs. Also, SEER plays an important role in our next pitfall to avoid.

3. Forgetting Rebates

In order to offset the price, some states offer rebates. This is why failing to seek out rebates, is basically like throwing away free money. Great contractors, participate with local utilities that offer rebates. The best companies provide instant rebate off of your bill, so you can avoid waiting for your money. Rebates are something to keep in mind when purchasing an air conditioner. Not only can rebates help you save, but they can incentivize you to purchase the cleanest products, with high SEER ratings for your home and family.  Check your local energy supplier for a list of all energy efficiency rebates.

4. Disregarding Warranties

When investing in an air conditioner, it is important to read the fine print. How long is it under warranty? What does the warranty cover? Not to worry. Unlike other HVAC companies, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning registers all equipment prior to installation. This ensures your entire purchase is fully covered. Ultimately  it saves you the extra hassle and leaves you with more time for those that matter most.

5. Price Over Quality

It is hard to pass up a great price. Yet, that is no excuse to skimp on quality. The air conditioner that fits all your needs may be out of your price range. Price is not everything. It is the overall value that matters most. Value factors in qualities such as, longevity, durability and efficiency.  Understanding what your unit includes can help you reasonably pick the best air conditioner for your home. Plus, Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning offers several financing options to make buying easy and affordable for all.

Trust Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning

Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning installs water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, and other systems that provide comfort and increase indoor air quality in Western Washington homes. We offer air conditioning and gas furnace repair and maintenance by expert technicians dedicated to providing only the best service. Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning proudly partners with organizations focused on sustainability and innovation, including Built Green, Energy Star, and Puget Sound Energy. Call 1-800-840-3346 or contact us online today.