3 Perks of the Modern Wi-Fi Thermostat

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Upgrade to a Wi-Fi thermostat and ditch the outdated model that is costing you money

 

Struggling to maintain a comfortable and consistent home temperature? System cycling too fast or too slow. Home thermostat reading doesn’t seem to match the actual room temperature? An outdated model can not only make you uncomfortable, it can cause HVAC inefficiencies that can cost you money.

3 Perks of the Modern Wi-Fi Thermostat

 

Comfort

Off-brand digital or older mechanical home thermostats are less precise than modern units. This can cause your HVAC system to cycle too fast or too slow. Not only can this make your home uncomfortable, it can strain your system and your utility bill.

Sensi™ Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat is Energy Aware Qualified® and delivers  precise temperature control with +/- one-degree (F) accuracy.

 

Features

If you find yourself struggling to read the controls on your old home thermostat, or have a child that just loves to push its buttons, then look for a newer Wi-Fi thermostat model that has more features you need.

A large, easy to read display and Keypad Lockout are two of many features found in the Sensi thermostat.

 

Convenience

Ever wake up to a freezing house and wish you didn’t have to trek down a long hall to turn up the thermostat? Turned the thermostat setting up while on vacation to save money and had to return home after a day of traveling to a sweltering house? Dreamed of being able to control a home appliance with only your voice? The correct Wi-Fi thermostat can help with all of these things.

Sensi thermostat has a free mobile app that serves as an intuitive remote control, allowing you to set, change and schedule your home thermostat temperature from your bed, your couch, across the room, or across the country. And since Sensi thermostat now works with both Amazon Echo and Wink, you can simply plug in and pair to the smart home platform of your choice to seamlessly control all of your connected devices. With 7 independent day schedules, you can match your home thermostat settings to your schedule so you’re not needlessly cooling or heating an empty home.  Using a pre-set heating and cooling schedule can help save up to 30% on your energy bill each year.  

 

 

When you do replace your home thermostat, remember to dispose of your previous unit properly, especially if is a mercury thermostat. Each state has specific laws and collection programs. You can find more information at www.thermostat-recycle.org/zipsearch.

 

Click here to learn more about Sensi thermostat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Spring Cleaning for Energy Efficiency

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Save on your energy bill and avoid costly repairs with these outdoor spring cleaning tips  

The annual spring cleaning ritual to rid your home of the dust and debris that has accumulated over the winter season has begun. In our first installment, we gave you some indoor spring cleaning tips that can help improve your home’s energy efficiency. This week, we’ll tackle outdoor tasks that can help save money on your next utility bill and avoid costly home repairs.

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips

 

Fix drafty windows and doors. Window and doors can be a source of energy leaks if they are not properly sealed. In addition to letting valuable cold air leak out, it can also let in outside irritants – a big concern for those suffering from spring allergies. (Click here to read more about how to improve your indoor air quality.) While you might have already replaced the weather-stripping before the winter season, colder temperatures can still cause fractures. Check the caulk for tears or gaps and replace as necessary.

 

Examine and clean roof and gutters. Spring can be a rainy season so clean all drains, gutters and downspouts to keep water from accumulating near your home’s foundation. Harsh winter weather conditions like snow and ice could have caused damage your roofing system. To keep your home comfortable and the spring showers out, also inspect and replace any loose or missing roof shingles and inspect the flashing for holes and loose nails.     

 

Clean the outside dryer vent. To help remove any lint that has accumulated in the hose, remove the vent cover on the outside of the home and vacuum to clear out any loose debris.

 

Clean your outdoor AC unit. While you may not yet be thinking about turning on your air conditioning, spring cleaning is the perfect time to prepare it for its heavy summer workload. Start by clearing away any excess weeds and plants growing by and around the outside unit. (For best performance, your air conditioner unit should have at least 2 feet of space around it.) You can also help to remove accumulated dust, pollen, and insects by vacuuming or hosing off the sides of the condenser. Be sure to consult your manual and turn off the power at the shutoff before attempting. If you haven’t had your unit checked in awhile, call your local HVAC professional to check all of your parts and connections to make sure you’re ready for the summer’s sweltering heat.

 

Plant a tree. Trees can not only provide shade for you, they can provide shade for your home. A strategically placed tree or large shrub can protect your home from strong winds and also help to block the sun’s warming rays. Consult a landscaping expert to discuss options and to help with position and planting.

 

These are just a few outdoor spring cleaning and maintenance tips to help ensure that the outside of your home is maximizing energy efficiency, lowering your energy bill, and avoiding potential damage and expensive repairs.

 

 

Indoor Spring Cleaning for Energy Efficiency

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Save on your energy bill with these indoor spring cleaning tips  

It’s time to start the annual spring cleaning ritual to rid your home of the dust and debris that has accumulated over the winter season. It’s also the perfect time to do a home energy check. While you are making lists of things to clean and organize, keep in mind that there are simple tasks that can also improve your energy efficiency.

Indoor Spring Cleaning Tips

 

Wash in cold or warm water. Wash cleaning rags and new linens in cold water to lighten the load on your water heater and save on your utility bill. According to Energy.gov, simply switching your temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load’s energy use in half.

 

Clean the dryer vent. You should always clean the lint trap with each load of laundry. Lint will also accumulate on the inside of the hose which makes your dryer less effective over time. Disconnect the hose from the back of the dryer and vacuum both the vent and the hose to remove any debris.

 

Replace the air filter. The air filter is your HVAC system’s first layer of defense to keep larger airborne particles from clogging the fan. Without a clean air filter, dust and dirt can accumulate and block your cold air from circulating, resulting in system inefficiency and higher energy bills. (Read more about why you need to change the air filter here.)

 

Change ceiling fan direction. After thoroughly dusting your ceiling blades to keep dirt particles from circulating throughout the room, reverse the direction of the blades to counter-clockwise. While fans don’t cool the air, they do cool people. Running your fan counter-clockwise will create a downward spiral of air that makes the air “feel” colder by evaporating your perspiration. This can provide enough relief from the warmer temperatures so you don’t have to run your air conditioning as much or for that long.

 

Clean baseboards and floor vents. Dirty ductwork can not only lower your energy efficiency, but can also release pesky allergens into your home. To keep dust from building up, turn off your air conditioner, remove vent covers and clean thoroughly. Use a vacuum crevice tool to remove as many dust bunnies from the ducts as possible and be sure to also clean the baseboards around the vents. (Read more tips on how to improve indoor air quality here.)

 

Vacuum refrigerator coils. Buildup on coils can use more energy by making the motor work harder. You should also check the seal on your fridge by closing the door with a piece of paper or a dollar bill. If you can pull this out easily, then the seal should probably be replaced.

 

These are just a few indoor spring cleaning tips to freshen up the inside of your home and increase its energy efficiency. Next week, we’ll share some outdoor spring cleaning tips to save money on your energy bill.