Home Comfort Starts With Smart Decisions About Thermostats

Keeping your indoor environment comfortable year-round is a primary goal of most homeowners, and a thermostat plays a key role in achieving this goal. Yet often homeowners ignore their thermostat until they're not comfortable. Most homes have a standard thermostat that was installed in the home with the last HVAC equipment installation, typically a manual model. Some homes have early-model programmables that are difficult to program.

Today it's more important than ever to keep a close eye on fuel, electricity and overall energy costs. In response to these requirements and  the advent of "smart" technology, the HVAC industry has created a variety of programmable thermostat options. These features can help the homeowner fine-tune climate control in the home, making it easier to save energy and provide comfortable temperatures. Many of the newer models allow homeowners to control the thermostat via the Internet or cell phone, remotely, and even check on the operation of the HVAC equipment and send out alert messages when there's a problem.

Features offered in the new generation of programmable thermostats include the ability to recognize and respond to peak-use hours at energy companies; "learn" how long it takes to heat or cool your home; remember settings during power outages; and contact you during equipment failures. They can interact with you through phone, computer and other gateways, allowing you to adjust your home's temperature from a distance. They can be easily programmed for setback savings.
A good first step when choosing a programmable thermostat is to contact Joe Behr Plumbing and Heating, Inc., for a professional evaluation of the needs of your Mid-Ohio home. We can help you choose a programmable thermostat that's compatible with your heating and cooling system, and ideal for your own unique home situation. Then we can install it for you, and show you how to use it for maximum home comfort and energy savings.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about thermostats and other HVAC topics, visit our website.

Joe Behr Plumbing and Heating, Inc. services the Mid-Ohio area. 

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