Thermostats and HVAC Controls
Do you have an old thermostat that is non programmable or is just a dial thermostat in your home? These thermostats are great units and have worked for many years, we can still install them. However the older these thermostats get the more they can be out of calibration. This means that your house might not be the temperature that you think it is. Plus or minus degrees could mean that your thermostat is causing your home to drop farther below your set point, causing your furnace run longer to catch up. If you have a programmable thermostat, is it programmed? A lot of programmable thermostats are so complicated and difficult to program that 40-70 percent of homes with programmable thermostats don’t have them programmed correctly. This means that your not utilizing the money saving options of setbacks when your at work or away or even on vacation. By utilizing the programmable options and proper setbacks you can save as much as 15% on your yearly heating and cooling bills! Call today to have one of our HVAC technicians test your thermostat today!
Types of Thermostats
There are many types of thermostats that range from a simple dial type thermostat, non programmable thermostats that are digital with easy to read digital readouts, Digital 7 day programmable thermostats, to thermostats that can be logged into off site from your computer or telephone. If you are curious about thermostats and the different types either give us a call or shoot us an e mail via our website. Drake Mechanical, the Boise, Nampa and Caldwell thermostat experts!
WiFi Learning Thermostats?
Yes, we can get you WiFi capable thermostats in Boise Nampa and Caldwell that you can hook up to the internet and change settings, get alerts on your heating and cooling system, furnace filter reminders and more. These thermostats also learn how your home heats and cools and figures out how to best optimize your heating and cooling system and will actually save you real dollars. The average payback with the Ecobee 3 WiFi thermostat is approximately 8 months. After that it is helping keep your hard earned money in your pocket rather than paying it out to the utility companies. You can even hook the WiFi Capable thermostats right up to your computer, smart phone, I-Pad or tablet via an a free app in the app store and check on your system and change the temperature or setting right from your cell phone. One of the other great features about the Eco-Bee WiFi thermostat is that no one else can mess with it if you set your 4 digit password. Even if they figure out your password they can only change the temperature on the thermostat itself for a couple degrees either way and it changes back to your settings after a couple hours. If the Ecobee WiFi thermostat sounds like something you are interested in, just give us a call and we can help you get it figured out. The EcoBee communicates via WiFi to your smart phone or laptop and have total control over your whole building! You can monitor your thermostat so well, you can see where and when you are spending the most money. These thermostats are available in both residential and commercial models and have been proven to help you reduce your energy bills. One thing that for as long as the thermostat has been around that is an issue is the thermostat is generally mounted in your hallway. No one lives in their hallway so why do we want the temperature of our whole home to be measured where no one spends their time? If you have rooms that are usually hotter or colder the new Ecobee 3 also comes with one remote sensor and you can add up to 32 remote sensors. With these remote sensors you can have them in “follow me” mode or you can disable that option and have them average the temperature a crossed your whole house. Without the use of zone dampers it is amazing how accurately the Ecobee 3 will even out the temperatures in your home where you actually spend your time or sleep.
Remote Control Thermostats
There is a new option in thermostats and that is the ColorTouch by Venstar. This Thermostat can now be linked to your IPhone or Android and communicates via WiFi in your home or office. This you will send you a text message when something isn’t working so that you can address it before it is too late. Have questions? Give us a call and we will answer them.