What are smart thermostats for?

A smart thermostat, also known as a wi-fi connected thermostat or IoT thermostat, functions no differently than a traditional programmable thermostat but it's ability to be controlled by your smartphone sets it apart as a superior product. The level of control you'll have with a smart thermostat is well worth the investment.

Can you really save money with a smart thermostat?

Wondering how much money you can save with a smart thermostat? One of our best selling IoT thermostats, the Nest Thermostat, saved the average customer about 10-12% on their electric bills. An average savings of $150 per year means the a smart thermostat can pay for itself in just under two years.

How do you save money by switching to a smart thermostat?

There's no magic here. A smart thermostat monitors, adapts, and adjusts its settings in real-time to best optimize your home's comfort and electrical usage. This maximizes the efficiency of your HVAC system. You'll save money when your smart thermostat slightly adjusts you heating and cooling throughout the day.

How much does it cost to install a smart thermostat?

Smart thermostats are not that expensive to install. Depending on the complexity of your HVAC system, there may be some variability in your installation price, but for the most part it should be a fairly straightforward procedure. A basic installation may cost $99-$250, while a more advanced installation can range from $200-$300.

Can installing a smart thermostat be a DIY job?

For most systems the a Smart thermostat is easy to install on your own. If you have a more complicated HVAC system or if you'd just like some help, you can have a licensed contractor install your thermostat.

 

Is a programmable thermostat worth it?

Programmable thermostats were created to help you save on heating and cooling costs, which explains why many homeowners invest in them. The efficiency of a smart thermostat comes down to whomever is in control of the thermostat, and whether they are using it correctly or pushing the temperatures to extremes.

Maximize the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

Are your energy bills leaving you with little money in your pocket? According to Energy Star, around half of all of the energy used in today's homes goes to heating and cooling them. While changing out your light bulbs for LED or CFL options and turning off light switches are great ways to save energy, if you are serious about having an energy efficient home, you need to focus on comfort system efficiency. At Nexgen Air, we want to help our customers in Los Angeles, Anaheim and Palm Desert save money by reducing their energy use and costs. Here are some tips from our experts to help you start saving.

1. Add Proper Insulation

How much heat energy is lost through the attic? If your insulation is insufficient, the answer is more than you might think. Adding a layer of insulation will make your home much more efficient, because it will help keep your cooled and heated air inside where it belongs. Nexgen Air can help you evaluate your insulation to see if it's sufficient for your home's needs.

2. Install a "Smarter" Thermostat

A smart thermostat or WiFi thermostat, gives you greater control over your HVAC system, and greater control means better efficiency. With a smart thermostat that you can control from your phone, you can adjust the temperature in your home from anywhere. While a programmable thermostat allows this as well, with a WiFi thermostat you can make adjustments even when your schedule changes while you’re out. As long as you have access to the Internet, you can adjust your home comfort settings to be as efficient as possible.

3. Get New Window Treatments

Curtains can do more than just decorate your space. Energy efficient window treatments can help keep heated or cooled air inside your home. They add another insulating barrier between your home and the outside, so you can enjoy less lost energy.

4. Keep Your HVAC System Maintained

Proper HVAC maintenance will help your furnace and air conditioner run at an optimal level. This means greater efficiency no matter the season. At Nexgen Air, we recommend having a maintenance check at the start of both the cooling and the heating seasons.

5. Plant a Shade Tree

On the west side of your home, plant shrubs or a tree that can block the sun from pouring in. This is important, because this is the side of the house where the most intense heat will come during the hottest part of the day in the summer. If you choose a tree or bush that loses its leaves, you can enjoy the added warmth in the winter when the plants are bare, and the added shade in the summer when the sun is harsh.

Get More Expert Tips from the HVAC Company Los Angeles Homeowners Trust

Are you looking for more tips on making your HVAC system efficient? Nexgen Air has a team of experts who are ready to help you. Contact our team today to schedule a maintenance appointment or to learn more ways you can lower your energy use by optimizing your HVAC system. Proudly serving Los Angeles, Anaheim, Palm Desert and the surrounding Southern California communities, we will help you ensure that your HVAC system is not driving up your energy bills.