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Q & A: Thermostat Edition

How much can you save with a smart thermostat?

Smart thermostats are great for your energy bill, especially if you have an older system. Installing a smart thermostat can reduce your energy bills by up to 23%. That can save hundreds of dollars annually. Even though there is a cost upfront to replace your thermostat, the overall benefits make this investment worth it.

Does the placement of your thermostat matter?

Placement does matter when it comes to deciding where you want your thermostat. The best place for your thermostat is on an interior wall away from direct sunlight, vents, kitchen, windows, doors, and hallways. Ideally, your thermostat should be placed in the center of your home without any factors that will compromise the true temperature.

How do you know when to change the batteries?

If your batteries are running low, there will likely be a low battery indicator on your thermostat’s display screen. Some thermostats will display a colored light if there is no display screen present. If your batteries are indicating as low, it may allow for a month or two before they are completely dead, but you should have the batteries on hand at this point.

If low batteries happen to die completely, you will see a black display screen. The thermostat will stop working and your HVAC unit will stop functioning. Your heating and cooling systems can not run without any commands coming from your thermostat. It is vital that you change your batteries at this point.

What is the optimal temperature to set your thermostat year-round?

68-72 degrees Fahrenheit is a great temperature range that is not too warm or too cool. This temperature range allows most people to be comfortable regardless of the kind of clothing they have on.

Hopefully, these thermostat tips are useful in the future. For more information about your HVAC systems, give us a call at 515-965-7272 or visit our website at

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