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Programming Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Smart Thermostat

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Smart thermostat technology can be extremely helpful in preserving the life cycle of your HVAC system. If you treat your smart thermostat with strategic care, you can avoid unnecessary thermostat service issues. AC thermostat repair is a common need, but any HVAC repair needs can be frustrating, especially in the heat of the summer. The Air Conditioning Specialists team is here to share a few tips on how to take full advantage of your smart thermostat and keep your entire system functioning at its best. 

Get Acquainted with Your Schedule & Habits

Incorporate your typical weekly schedule into your smart thermostat data. Make note of times when you are typically outside of your home to help reduce the energy output that goes into heating or cooling when you are not at home to need it. Yes, this can be done with normal thermostats as well, but a smart thermostat can give you feedback and suggestions for ideal energy schedules, and many can automatically adjust based on your schedule without you needing to do anything. Knowing your weekly schedule and related temperature needs can also help you determine the best time and method for AC thermostat repair if it is ever needed.

Utilize Energy Report Insights

As you program your weekly schedule into your HVAC needs, many smart thermostats generate detailed energy reports and feedback, showing you your exact energy usage patterns. These reports can be broken down to give you specific information on any changes in potential energy waste in your household, enabling you to adjust thermostat settings for greater energy preservation. Additionally, if you find yourself in need of thermostat service, these reports can provide your technician with essential information as well.

Take Advantage of Remote Access

Smart thermostats typically come equipped with remote access via a companion app that can be downloaded right to your cell phone. This feature enables you to control the temperature in your home from wherever you are! For those of us that can be a little forgetful, fear not! If you realize halfway to your weekend getaway destination that your AC is pumping, you can adjust the temperature in your home from your phone and save yourself some money. Additionally, you can make changes to the temperature while you’re in bed, on the couch, or in your home office, making life simpler and easier.

Avoid Drastic Temperature Changes

Smart thermostats make changing temperatures insanely easy, which is great. However, when you make changes to your home’s temperature to regulate climate and keep your bills low, aim to keep any temperature changes between 4 and 6 degrees. A large temperature swing not only overworks your system but also increases the likelihood that you will find yourself uncomfortable on the other end of the spectrum again. Overworking your system via your smart thermostat can lead to issues, and you may have to track down thermostat repair services near you on an urgent timeline. This can be a serious comfort and safety issue no matter the time of year. Keeping temperatures consistent and making changes on the moderate side is a great way to keep your home’s environment comfortable, your system functioning smoothly, and your monthly energy costs manageable.

Thermostat Repair

Sometimes, no matter how good our intentions may be or how fancy the technology is, thermostats have issues. A few reasons you may find yourself requiring thermostat services include some of the following:

  • Power issues: Because your smart thermostat is Wi-Fi enabled, issues with electricity affect the connectivity and subsequent function of your smart HVAC system. 
  • Dirt and dust inside your thermostat itself: A dirty thermostat affects the calibration and energy usage coming from your thermostat itself. When this happens, you’ll notice that energy bills can get expensive!
  • Loose electrical connection: If your thermostat is turning off and on or if it never stops at all, you might have some loose wiring connections. DIY repairs are not recommended in the event of electrical issues, as you could cause more damage to your system. Give ACS a call; we’ve got the tools and expertise to help!
  • Age: Typically, a thermostat should last around 10 to 15 years–similar to the life cycle of your HVAC system as a whole. If it is any older, you might be facing some issues. Additionally, as new technology is introduced, outdated systems aren’t always compatible, leading to more issues.

Whatever the source of the issue, Air Conditioning Specialist can diagnose and fix it with ease! Give us a call as soon as you notice your smart thermostat going on the fritz.

Contact ACS Today!

A smart thermostat is a great tool for maximizing energy efficiency in your household and keeping the whole family as comfortable as you could possibly be. The more you familiarize yourself with good practices, the more benefits you’ll get out of your smart thermostat. The Air Conditioning Specialist team is always available to answer any questions or address any repairs or minor concerns when it comes to your smart thermostat, so contact us today!