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Are you dreading the costs that are coming your way when the summer temperatures begin to climb? You don’t have to accept high bills as a fact of life. Rather, take the time to learn about new technologies and equipment offered by the HVAC industry so that you can slash those AC bills and keep your budget optimized.

Taking Control of Your Thermostat

Not all sensors and controls are the same. While you may have an electronic thermostat, you may not have a programmable model. If you have a dial model, it’s time to update. If you have an electric model that can’t be programmed, you aren’t getting the most efficient performance from your cooling system. Replace these outdated designs with an energy-efficient programmable thermostat.

There are several advantages that you can gain with a programmable control. These include:

  • Precise monitoring of indoor conditions
  • Ability to set times and temperatures based on family activities
  • Special modes for vacation
  • Lower costs by the elimination of system overuse

Additional Specialty Options

Programmable thermostat models aren’t brand new in the HVAC industry. However, there are some new innovations with these types of system controls. For example, system zoning can be accomplished through the use of multiple thermostats and a system of dampers in your ductwork. This approach is particularly effective for providing targeted comfort control in homes that have multiple levels or that are very large. A central control coordinates with independent zones to ensure that only areas in need of cooling are moderated. Programmable features make it possible to adjust for times when nobody is home or when certain areas of the house are vacant.

Wireless thermostats are specialized programmable models that can integrate with a home network. In addition to using buttons for programming such a model, computer or smartphone access makes it possible to remotely manage programming and settings. You can check in on the conditions and comfort settings when you are at work or away on vacation. You can adjust the settings without having to get out of bed on a cold winter morning. You can also manage issues like your kids’ tendencies to tweak settings to suit their personal comfort interests. In fact, a wireless model can save you a lot of money that might otherwise be spent because of constant manipulation of settings.

Comprehensive Care for Your AC

While management of your comfort controls can really help you save money on your energy bills this summer, you should pay close attention to the overall performance of your system, scheduling regular maintenance to ensure that everything is in proper working order. Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning provides comprehensive maintenance and repair service to our customers in Arlington, VA. We can help you find the right thermostat for your home, and we will be happy to provide additional suggestions for slashing your summer cooling costs.  Contact us for all the details.

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