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Facts About Thermostat Setting For Summer In Phoenix Arizona

By // 2017.08.01

Thermostat Setting For Summer In Phoenix Arizona

Besides the remote control, the thermostat is arguably the most contested piece of equipment that is fought over inside any home. And due to the fact that many people have differing preferences to heat or cold, the thermostat tends to be adjusted more frequently during the summer. However, this tends to bring up a common problem – energy costs. So, in order to separate some of the myths about thermostat setting for summer in Phoenix, here are some facts to consider.

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How To Maintain Air Conditioner Efficiency In Phoenix AZ

By // 2014.09.30

Air Conditioner EfficiencyComing up with affordable methods of saving electricity are a challenge for many Phoenix Valley residents and business owners. However, one of the easiest ways of saving money on electricity is by increasing air conditioner efficiency in Phoenix. When an AC system is running smooth it is estimated that it can save as much as 30% on monthly consumption of resources. And in the end that can add up to huge financial savings.

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Improper Installation of Wi-fi Thermostats Is A Problem

By // 2014.09.16

Improper Installation of Wifi ThermostatsImproper Installation of Wi-Fi Thermostats by Cable and Security Companies

Did you know that an improperly installed WiFi Thermostat could lead to significant issues for homeowners in the Phoenix Valley? From increases in energy bills to complete system breakdown, a recent outbreak in poorly installed programmable thermostats by inexperienced cable and security technicians are causing more problems than they should. There are several reasons for this.

Why An HVAC Specialist Should Always Install Anything Related To HVAC

First – Lack Of Proper Training Leads To Several Improper Installations Of Wi-Fi Thermostats

It’s often assumed that if you have basic knowledge about electrical components you can pretty much install anything electronic inside a house. This statement holds true when the piece of electronic equipment is not specialized. However, programmable thermostats are very detailed systems that require extensive training directly from the manufacturer and a complete understanding of the HVAC system they operate.

Sadly, many cable and security companies have begun to offer programmable thermostat sales and installations as an extra service for creating ‘smart homes’. Most of these companies have their technicians take a quick one-hour training class on how to install these systems.

Lacking from these training courses includes:

  • Detailed instructions on how to install programmable WiFi thermostats for specific HVAC systems. Contrary to popular belief, not all HVAC systems are created equal. In fact, every manufacturer, type, style and size of AC or heating system requires specific types of thermostats, wiring, and set up procedures to be completed. This experience is often gained through years of practical, on-the-job training.
  • No instruction on emergency situations. A common problem with HVAC thermostat installation is that they don’t always go ‘by the book’. This is when an experienced HVAC technician has the practical knowledge to adapt to changes and properly install, calibrate and test the unit.
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How To Shop For The Best Programmable Thermostat For Your AC

By // 2014.08.26

best programmable thermostatAs technology advances, comfortable living inside your home tends to improve as well. And one of the best improvements in modern comfort systems in recent years is the invention of the programmable thermostat. Today it’s quite possible to program your internal thermostat from virtually anywhere on the planet. With Wi-Fi connectivity, built-in smart phone applications and even advanced temperature controls installed on the new programmable thermostats, it’s become wise for homeowners to actively seek the best programmable thermostat for the best possible price.

3 Tips To Help Find The Best Thermostats For Your Comfort & Pocketbook

First – Speak With Your HVAC Contractor

Believe it or not, your best source of information about programmable thermostats is the company or individual that sells and installs them daily. Here is why:

  • HVAC contractors work on several brands and different types of AC systems each day. They know the reality that every traditional system operates best with specific supporting components. Another way to describe this is that they understand that just because you have Brand “A” appliance, doesn’t always mean that Brand “B” is best suited to work with it. So, don’t be afraid to ask the HVAC expert their opinion. They’ll steer you in the right direction.
  • HVAC contractors traditionally don’t work on commission. Believe it or not, most of the installers work on an hourly basis and are not usually compelled to upsell a unit that people won’t need.
  • HVAC contractors know which units give the best value. Installing and showing up for home repairs, an HVAC contractor can often give input as to which programmable thermostats are ‘less than reliable’.
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Top Summer Air Conditioning Tips To Keep Your Energy Bills Cool

By // 2014.08.19

AC Tips for summerOne of the constant realities of life in Arizona is that during the summer the monthly energy bills skyrocket. There are many reasons for this but mostly it’s attributed to the additional resources needed to keep a home in Arizona cool during the hot summer months. There are a few things, however, you can do inside your home every month to reduce the internal temperature and the amount of energy needed to power your AC systems. Here are a few AC tips for summer that are sure to save you a pretty penny each month on your utility bills.

3 Tips To Keep The Monthly Bills Low

Tip #1 – Depend On Those Window Shades

Most homeowners in Arizona have two forms of window protection inside their homes: shades and blinds. Using blinds to keep direct sunlight from entering your home has been shown to reduce your indoor temperature up to 10 degrees in mid-summer. However, did you know that by adding a sunshade, such as a window treatment, drapes or even a window tint could further reduce your internal home temperature another 5-10 degrees? This is why we recommend you make sure every window in your home has some sort of window treatment that will reduce the amount of direct sunlight entering your home.

If you want to ensure your home doesn’t look like a dungeon, try opening your blinds to windows that are not directly in the sunlight then switching later in the day to the other windows.

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