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3 tips when choosing digital thermostats

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While the original thermostats dating more than 130 years ago relied on pulleys and dampers to regulate a home’s temperature, today’s technologically advanced thermostats can be adjusted through voice commands and programmed remotely from your smart phone or computer.

Tom Eppers, co-owner, Dowe & Wagner, a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) company serving residential and commercial customers in Illinois and Wisconsin, recommends digital thermostats as they can automatically adjust the home’s temperature, which saves energy costs.

They can accommodate multiple settings throughout the week. A smart thermostat may even save on the wear and tear of the air conditioner and furnace, as it can be programmed to run at variable temperatures, instead of a constant rate. When your home is unoccupied, your temperature can be automatically adjusted to conserve energy. Daily schedule changes are easily accommodated with simple adjustments.

When choosing a digital thermostat, experts recommend considering three points:

1.Cost. While a smart thermostat may be more expensive than a traditional dial model, the newer devices save more money in efficiency. The average cost of a smart thermostat is about $300. The Department of Energy reports that digital thermostats can save as much as 10 percent annually on your energy bill.

2.Compatibility with your HVAC system. Before deciding on a thermostat model, make sure it can work with the voltage of your home’s cooling and heating system.

3.Installation. While some home owners choose to install their smart thermostats, hiring HVAC professionals make the process painless and easy. They can also recommend the best model for your needs, and help navigate set-up once the installation is complete, for maximum efficiency.

Dowe & Wagner : 11215 Commercial Street, Richmond, IL 60071 : 815.678.3000 : http://doweandwagner.com/

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