3 Signs You Need a New Air Conditioner

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Know the warning signs that you might need a new air conditioner

Summer is coming. Are you ready? One of the easiest ways to prepare for the summer heat (and your rising energy bill) is to replace your existing thermostat with a modern, connected model, like the Sensi™ Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat. Being connected makes it easier to reduce energy costs. Simply adjust your home temperature setting from anywhere using the mobile app so you aren’t unnecessarily cooling a home when no one is there.

Additionally, since the amount of effort your system takes to cool your home directly impacts your energy use, bill, and comfort, if your current unit isn’t performing as well as it used to, you might be in the market for a new air conditioner. While no one likes the idea of a large purchase upgrade, it’s better to start learning the telltale system failing warning signs before the hotter temperatures are upon us and your family’s comfort, health, and sanity is at stake.

Below are a few signs that you might need to consider purchasing a new air conditioner.

Repair History

If you’ve had to make frequent repairs to your unit over the course of a season, or have been doing the same repair on the same parts year after year, this could mean that your system isn’t up to par. Frequent loss of Freon? If your unit has to be charged regularly to cool, then it’s leaking.

 

Older models tend to require more maintenance as wear and tear can eventually cause parts to fail, sometimes in rapid succession. A new air conditioner unit should only need standard annual maintenance work.

Performance and Efficiency

Does your AC unit make squealing or grinding noises? You could have a problem with the compressor. Increased summer energy bills and higher indoor humidity levels can can also be warning signs of poor AC equipment. Additionally, a unit that is too small or too large can cause inefficiencies and really cost you more in the long run.

Age

The biggest sign that it might be time for a new air conditioner is the age of your current system. An accepted rule is to replace your unit if it is more than 10 years old. Even if your older system appears to be running fine, there have been so many technology advancements, that the cost you put into the purchase of a new, modern system, could save you down the road in efficiency and lower energy bills.

 

A new air conditioner unit has many benefits, including comfort, peace of mind, decreased service calls, and lower energy bills. If you haven’t had your unit checked in a while, now is the time to call your local HVAC professional to check all of your parts and connections to either make sure your current system is ready for the hot temperatures to come or to prepare for the possibility that you might need a new air conditioner.

 

Stay cool in there!

 

 

 

Your Sensi Creative Marketing Team: Meet John

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Get to know the visionaries behind the brand

On this blog, we’ve introduced you to Julie, Christian, and Kristina, members of our Customer Support Team so you could get to know the people you’ll be speaking with should you ever need support with your Sensi™ Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat. You’ve also become familiar with Andrew, Joe, and Scott who are part of the Sensi Development Team, the folks who are constantly tweaking the technology to provide the best user experience.

In this series, you’ll meet the Sensi Creative Marketing Team and get to know the visionaries behind the messaging, imagery, colors, and personality that help to define the Sensi thermostat brand.

Meet John, Art Director 

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“I’m a compulsive doodler. I’ve been drawing pictures since I was little and it’s still one of my favorite things to do.”

What role do you play in creating the look and feel of the Sensi thermostat brand?

“My job is to lead the design of projects intended for our current and future customers. That includes everything from packaging, videos, and digital advertising to our day-to-day social post creative. It used to be a one-man job but as Sensi thermostat has grown, we’ve put together a fantastic creative team.”

What is your favorite thing about working on the Sensi Creative Marketing Team?

“My favorite thing about working on this team is the huge variety of projects I get to work on. There’s always something new to learn.”

What is your favorite Sensi thermostat feature?

“Using my Sensi thermostat with the Amazon Echo is really cool. Being able to tell Alexa to raise or lower the temperature has spoiled me. Now I want everything in my house to respond to voice commands!”

Learn About Your Sensi Thermostat App

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Take advantage of these Sensi thermostat app features 

One of the best features of owning a Wi-Fi thermostat is the ability to have complete control of your home comfort, from across the couch or across the country. The Sensi™ Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat app serves as your personal remote control, providing instant access to your thermostat via your smartphone. Change system settings, adjust the temperature and set or change schedules when you’re on the go…or just don’t want to get up. We’ve intentionally designed the app to be intuitive and super easy to use, but here are a few insider tips to help you take full advantage some of the Sensi thermostat app features.

 


Quick Timeline View thermostat app

The Sensi thermostat app lets you create custom temperature schedules for each day of the week (up to seven independent schedules); making it easy to create one or multiple schedules to match your family’s routine. Using the Sensi thermostat app, select the days you want to follow a specific schedule and choose the time and temperature set points for each. When you are running a schedule, scroll across the Quick Timeline View on the home screen to see your scheduled temperatures for the next 24 hours. You can also press on any of the temperature bubbles to open that specific schedule and make changes. Click here to learn more about Sensi thermostat schedules and settings.

 
If you or someone in your family makes an adjustment to the temperature at the actual wall unit while you are running a schedule, this will activate a temporary temperature change that lasts for 2 hours. This temporary change is displayed in the thermostat app by a white bar along the Timeline. This visual helps you to know the exact time that the change was made and when your original schedule will resume.

 

Keypad Lockout

Tired of people messing with the thermostat? Enable Keypad Lockout right from the Sensi thermostat app. It’s an easy, convenient way to prevent accidental (or intentional) setting changes to your thermostat. It locks the buttons on the actual wall unit, but you maintain full control from your mobile app. The Keypad Lockout feature is found in your Advanced Settings. Click here to learn more.

 

Set Point Controls

If you are using the Auto Changeover (“Auto”) system mode, you can keep your home temperature within a specific range. Press and hold the set point buttons to make them move faster.

 

Temperature Offset
If you have just installed a new Sensi thermostat, you might be used to the readings on your old unit. Temperature Offset is a feature that lets you adjust the room temperature reading +/- 5°F to match your preference. This is also useful if your thermostat is located in a particular warm or drafty location and isn’t an accurate reflection of your room temperature.

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It also comes in handy if you want your spouse to think it’s a particular temperature so he/she won’t keep adjusting the thermostat. For this instance, we suggest using this feature wisely.