If your home in Port St. Lucie, Florida, has a smart thermostat, you may wonder how to make the most of it. Depending on which model you have, you can take advantage of features designed to save energy and reduce your monthly bills. Maximize your smart thermostat with these tips:
Set a Filter Reminder
The filter in your HVAC system is vital to its efficient operation. When the filter is clean, it can remove dust, pet hair, dander, pollen, dirt and other contaminants from the air you breathe. As a result, it helps you maintain healthy indoor air quality.
A dirty filter forces the system to work harder to produce and move air, which means it’s using more energy. Most smart thermostats have a way to set up a reminder to change the filter every month or two. Use this feature to ensure you change your HVAC filter regularly.
Establish a Schedule
One of the main benefits of a smart thermostat is that it can learn your household’s habits. But it can’t do this without you first setting up a heating and cooling schedule. It’s easy to create the schedule on the thermostat itself or through the app on your smartphone. Doing so gives the unit a baseline of when you’re typically home versus when you’re away or asleep. Over time, your smart thermostat will start making small adjustments to help reduce energy waste without sacrificing your home comfort level. As a result, you’ll also benefit from lower energy bills.
Know the Other Features
Different smart thermostats offer unique ways to manage energy usage. For example, the Nest thermostat has a Sunblock feature you can enable. When it’s on, the thermostat will make automatic adjustments if it’s in direct sunlight to account for the actual temperature of the room.
Setting up this feature can help reduce your utility bills, since your AC system won’t have to work overtime to keep a room cool when it’s already at the ideal temperature. Other thermostats have outdoor climate tracking, energy usage reports and other waste-reducing features.
Do you want to learn more about how a smart thermostat can complement your HVAC system? Call Miller’s Central Air, Inc. at (772) 209-3778.
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