If you’re still using the thermostat you installed a decade (or more) ago, you’re missing an opportunity to save money and keep your home comfortable at the same time. New technology allows you to control the heat, air conditioning and other mechanical systems in your home right from your Smart phone or other digital device. You don’t even have to be at home.
Below are just a few interesting new thermostat products:
- The Learning Thermostat. Nest Labs has created a thermostat that adjusts the temperature for maximum comfort by sensing how many people are in a room as well as remembering the family’s daily schedule. Not only can this thermostat be accessed from any Internet-enabled device, but it automatically updates itself when new software becomes available.
- WiFi enabled thermostats. The latest in programmable thermostats, several manufacturers offer devices that can be accessed remotely from any Internet-ready device and can be programmed for a different heating and/or cooling schedule for each of seven days.
Programmable thermostats with remote programming capability run from about $85 to more than $300. However, such devices can help you save both energy and money on your utility bills. You can turn the heat down while you’re away at work or school and turn the furnace up when you’re ready to arrive home.
Upgrading your thermostat with Kaufman’s Home Maintenance
If you need help making sense of all of the new thermostat technology and/or replacing your old thermostat with a new device, Kaufman’s Home Maintenance can help. We offer a full range of home repair and handyman services, both on a demand basis and as a subscription service. Our home maintenance packages are designed to meet each homeowner’s specific needs and include such services as cleaning out gutters and downspouts, washing exterior windows, changing furnace filters, cleaning heating ducts and replacing your thermostat. To learn more about Kaufman’s Home Maintenance Service, call 503-798-4357 or visit KaufmanHelp.com to schedule an appointment.