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Upgrade Indoor Home Comfort With a Wi-Fi Thermostat

Upgrade Indoor Home Comfort With a Wi-Fi ThermostatWhen it comes to making your Portland home more comfortable throughout the year, making the switch to a Wi-Fi thermostat can help. This type of thermostat offers a number of benefits compared to standard thermostats. Knowing more about these thermostats can help you decide whether or not to invest in one for your home.

How They Work

Wi-Fi thermostats are designed to adjust the temperature in your home just as standard thermostats do. However, these thermostats can be programmed and adjusted from any device in your home or even on devices that you have with you while you’re away from home. This convenience offers several important advantages over standard thermostats and makes it easier for you to keep your home comfortable at any time.

Benefits of Wi-Fi Thermostats

Wi-Fi thermostats can be programmed to gather information on the current conditions inside your home and adjust the temperature accordingly. This means that you don’t have to worry about remembering to turn the thermostat up or down before leaving the house or before heading to bed. Your thermostat can handle that for you, which helps ensure that your home stays as cool or as warm as you need it to be.

These thermostats can also be programmed or adjusted from nearly any location, as long as you have Wi-Fi access. You can program your Wi-Fi thermostat or make changes to it from your mobile phone, laptop or tablet when you’re out and about. Even if you are traveling or away on vacation, you can still program your thermostat as needed to make sure your home doesn’t get too hot or cold.

Some Wi-Fi thermostats can also alert you when your HVAC system starts running less efficiently than normal. This helps ensure that you have your system inspected and repaired as needed.

If you need more information on getting a Wi-Fi thermostat for your home, please contact Roth Heating & Cooling. We offer reliable HVAC services in the Portland area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Cold Weather Calls for New Thermostat Programs

Cold Weather Calls for New Thermostat ProgramsThe change in seasons calls for a change in how you manage your home’s internal climate. While your programmable thermostat’s summertime settings have kept your home cool without wasting energy, they’re not as effective at keeping your home warm while keeping heating costs at a minimum. Resetting the programmable thermostat for the winter can help your home remain comfortable while maximizing your energy usage.

Choosing the Best Settings

So what settings should you use as you reprogram your thermostat? Here are some basic guidelines you can follow:

  • For the hours when you’re most likely to be up and about in your home, program your thermostat to maintain a temperature of 68 degrees.
  • For the hours when you’re asleep, program a setback temperature that’s 7 to 10 degrees lower than your daytime temperature.
  • You should also program a setback temperature for the hours when you’re most likely to be out of the house.

However, the above guidelines aren’t meant to be ironclad. Striking a balance between personal comfort and energy efficiency can be difficult during the winter. In the end, you should set your programmable thermostat so that it’s in line with your own comfort needs.

Indoor humidity can also play an important role in the comfort of your home. The drier winter air tends to lower perceived indoor temperatures, making a room feel colder than its actual temperature. Consider using a humidifier to maintain a relative humidity level of 30 to 40 percent throughout the winter months.

Other Tips

In addition to resetting the programmable thermostat, there are other things you can do to save energy and still maintain a comfortable environment:

  • Set your thermostat so that it begins heating your home 30 minutes before you wake up in the morning and 30 minutes before you return home.
  • Have your thermostat gradually lower your heating at least 60 minutes before you go to bed.

For more tips on resetting the programmable thermostat or if you need HVAC service for your Portland home, contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Whole House Humidifiers Can Increase Your Winter-time Comfort

Whole House Humidifiers Can Increase Your Winter-time ComfortWhen you want to increase your comfort, save money on heating your home and improve your health, consider a whole-house humidifier. When the air dries out in the fall because you’re heating it, it feels cooler, increasing your need for heat. Dry air also promotes the growth of bacteria and viruses and is exceptionally hard on your home and its contents.  Continue reading

Manual Thermostats: Simple, Inexpensive And You Can Still Save

Manual Thermostats: Simple, Inexpensive And You Can Still SaveYou’ve probably heard about the benefits of programmable thermostats and how they can cut your conditioning bills, but if you haven’t made the switch, it’s still possible to get energy savings from manual thermostats. It’s easy to change the temperature manually, along with the setting for the fan.  Continue reading

July Or January, A Zoning System Keeps Your Home Energy Efficient

Zoning systems not only give you greater control over the comfort in your house but they also help you become more energy efficient.  Any time of the year, they can help you lower your utility bills without sacrificing comfort.

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Zoning Systems Increase Comfort and Efficiency

Are your bathrooms too cold and kitchen too hot?  Trying to control temperatures in each room by adjusting a single thermostat, adding space heaters and opening windows can be frustrating and costly at the same time.  Retrofitting your existing system with zoning may be the solution to ideal comfort, efficiency and savings.  This puts you in command of temperatures in areas of the home that you have designated as “zones.”

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