Saving energy is easy during the heating season, as long as your Apple Springs, Texas, home has a smart thermostat. From dialing back the temperature during key times to tracking energy usage, learn how to make the most of your smart thermostat this winter.

Set Your Family’s Schedule

No matter which smart thermostat you have, you’ll want to get started by programming your family’s typical heating schedule. At McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning, we recommend taking advantage of a seven-day model like the Côr Wi-Fi Thermostat, which allows you to set a different heating schedule for every day of the week.

Set the thermostat to 68 degrees during the times that you’re normally home in the morning, afternoon, and evening, and let the thermostat do the rest. If your schedule changes, just use your smartphone to connect to the thermostat and adjust the temperature from anywhere.

Dial Back the Temperature

One of the greatest benefits of smart thermostats is their ability to lower your household energy consumption. When you use less energy, you’ll make your home more eco-friendly while saving money on your utility bills every month.

To save the most energy, dial back the temperature 7 to 10 degrees for at least eight hours a day. For most homeowners, it’s easiest to do this overnight or while the family is out of the house during the day. Either way, doing this will save up to 10 percent on your heating and cooling bill throughout the year.

Optimize Each Zone

If your home has a few heating and cooling zones, put your smart thermostat to work and program optimal settings for each part of your home. Several of our top-rated thermostats can manage up to eight zones, so you can rest assured that every room will always be as comfortable as possible.

Can’t keep your home’s heating and cooling zones straight? Take advantage of the thermostat’s custom naming feature and give each part of your home an easy-to-remember label.

Manage Indoor Air Quality

Maintaining the right temperature is essential for staying comfortable in the winter, but keeping your indoor air quality high is just as important. After all, extra moisture in the air can make your home feel much warmer, while insufficient humidity can make the house feel much too cool. When you program the ideal temperature into your smart thermostat, be sure to set the right humidity level, too.

Some of our feature-packed smart thermostats also offer ventilation management, which can substantially improve your indoor air quality. Use the device’s ventilation monitoring controls to ensure that your home has a constant supply of fresh air.

Check System Maintenance Reminders

From holidays to winter vacations, life gets busy during the heating season, and it isn’t always easy to remember to schedule system maintenance. With a smart thermostat like the Infinity Remote Access Touch Control, you don’t have to worry about forgetting anything, since the device offers convenient system maintenance reminders.

Can’t seem to remember to schedule your annual heating system tune-up? Are you always forgetting to replace dirty air filters on schedule? Rely on your smart thermostat’s dirty filter detection technology or maintenance notifications, and you’ll keep your HVAC system running smoothly throughout the heating season.

Track Your Energy Usage

If you’re serious about saving energy and optimizing your HVAC system, our tech-savvy team recommends using your smart thermostat’s real-time energy tracking functions. Discover how much energy your heating system uses on an average day or week, and pinpoint days or times when you consume the most energy.

Try adjusting the settings to lower your energy usage, or consult with our knowledgeable technicians. We can recommend a number of energy-efficient suggestions tailored to your home so you’ll enjoy lower utility bills during the heating season and beyond.

When you make the most of your smart thermostat, you’ll ensure that your heating system runs as efficiently as possible all winter long. Need a hand picking out the right thermostat or programming yours to optimize efficiency? Give McWilliams & Son Heating and Air Conditioning a call at (936) 465-9191.

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