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Save Money this Holiday Season with These Tips for Home Comfort

The holiday season is upon us, and along with celebrating, many homeowners are also considering how their heating bill may rise during the colder months. As a holiday gift to our readers, we’re giving away some great tips that will help you save money on energy bills this season. These simple ideas are easy to implement and can go a long way in keeping your home energy costs down.

Tip Number 1:

Be sure that your home is free of any drafts or outdoor elements by caulking and weather stripping your doors and windows. If possible, also hang heavy drapes over extra drafty areas to keep the cold air out and the warm air from escaping.

Tip Number 2:

Even though fireplaces are a popular go-to for warming up a home, many experts agree that fireplaces can cause a house to actually lose more heat than it adds. So, enjoy your fireplace on special occasions, but save your energy (and your heat) if you are considering your fireplace to be a possible way to reduce your heating bills.

Tip Number 3:

Install a thermostat that’s programmable. By decreasing the temperature in your home while you are away at work or even sleeping, you can save big over the course of a year. Many people sleep with heavy blankets, so a couple degrees’ drop won’t be very noticeable to most people, but lowering your home’s temperature for 8 hours each night can save you up to 5% on your home’s heating costs. If you also set your thermostat to drop to a lower temperature while you’re working, you’ll be able to save even more. The investment in a programmable thermostat is well worth the small cost upfront. These types of thermostats can be purchased at home improvement stores in various models and usually fall within the range of $60 to $200 USD.

Tip Number 4:

Utilize those sunny days! If you have south facing windows in your home, be sure to open the windows wide to let the sun shine in. The natural heat from the sun can add a significant amount of warmth to rooms, which means your furnace won’t have to work as hard to keep your home toasty.

Tip Number 5:

If you’re big on holiday lights, simply switching to LED lights can save you money on your electric bill. These types of lights use about 75% more energy than traditional incandescent holiday bulbs, and they last approximately 25 years. Save even more energy (and money) by unplugging your lights when you go to sleep.

Tip Number 6:

Layer up! Sweaters, blankets, and slippers or thick socks are perfect for reducing your heating bills. It seems obvious, but simply wrapping up in a blanket or by layering on a heavy sweater can go a long way in making you more comfortable in your home during the wintertime. By making yourself warmer and keeping cold air off of your body, you’ll be less likely to crank up the thermostat during colder weather.

Looking for more ways to save money this holiday season? A new, energy efficient HVAC unit may be just what you need. Contact us today for more information about our quality line of HVAC systems and products.

What is a Smart Thermostat, and Why Should I Care?

When you hear the phrase “smart technology,” your mind may instantly think of your smartphone. But did you know that the same technology used to power our smart phones and tablets can also be used to help you keep your home comfortable? Smart thermostats are a newer HVAC technology that has changed the way that people heat and cool their homes. Not only does this device give you greater control over your home comfort levels, but it can also help you save money on electric bills by helping you heat and cool your home more efficiently.

What is a Smart Thermostat?

A smart thermostat is a device that can used with a home automation system to give the homeowner more control over their heating and air conditioning. Much like a programmable thermostat, a smart thermostat allows homeowners to control the temperature of their home throughout the day. A smart thermostat is connected to the internet, allowing users to adjust the heating and cooling settings remotely from Wi-Fi enable devices such as a smartphone.

Many smart thermostat devices also offer important information such as the outdoor temperature, how long the AC or heat has been running, and when it is time to change your air filter. Some smart devices also learn your schedule and lifestyle habits. By knowing when your home is most likely to be occupied, smart devices can work to adjust the temperatures before you arrive so that your home is always a comfortable temperature.

How Can a Smart Thermostat Improve Home Comfort?

Smart thermostats make it easy to keep your home at an optimal temperature year-round. Adjusting your thermostat and other home comfort settings from the convenience of your smart device gives you greater control over your home comfort. The Infinity Remote Access Touch Control series of smart thermostats from Carrier offer a variety of standard features including:

  • Ideal humidity system management capable
  • Hybrid heat system management capable
  • Monitors indoor air quality products
  • Ventilation management capable
  • Knows percentage of air flow to each zone
  • 7-day programming (wake, away, home, sleep)
  • Simple vacation programming controls for temperature and humidity
  • Dirty air filter detection or fixed-schedule based filter replacement reminders
  • System maintenance reminders

Not only do these features allow you to keep your home comfortable throughout the year, but the maintenance reminders help you ensure that you are getting the most out of your HVAC system.

How Smart Thermostats Can Save You Money

Smart thermostats can also help you save money on energy costs. The Carrier Infinity Remote Access Touch Control series offers real-time energy use tracking that can show you how much energy you are using each day so that you can make adjustments to become more efficient. This smart thermostat also includes advanced smart setback so that you can have the best energy savings during away and ramp up periods.

How smart is your thermostat? If you want more information about smart thermostats and how they can help you improve home comfort and save on cooling costs, contact us today. Amber Air Conditioning is ready to help you explore your options for smart HVAC technology.