As an air conditioning contractor in Phoenix Arizona I can tell you, in the summertime it gets extremely hot. Small investments can help you reduce electrical costs when running your air conditioner.
As an air conditioning tech and business owner I have come to really believe that your thermostat is the most important part of your HVAC system. It controls the entire hive thermostat installation system and is basically the brain behind its operation. Of course all of your air components are important because one will not work without the other.
I would say no matter where you live, no matter if you're heating or cooling you're home and or office, the thermostat is the most cost effective item you can upgrade to gain performance. At least 50% of electrical consumption in your home and office come from your HVAC system.
NEST thermostats and Ecobee3 smart thermostats are two things I'd like to inform consumers about. I see articles about these things here and there and want to throw my two cents out there.
I base my business on thinking in that green arena, the non wasteful realm, the world of smart technology, cutting edge and ease of use. I like performance and efficiency, who wouldn't? Silly question but, some people actually don't care and the truth is MOST people are not informed.
Smart thermostats are super accurate which reduces on and off times.
They are programmable and that leads to some money savings by setting thermostats to not run your air at temps you don't need due to not being home.
What is truly awesome about smart thermostats is that they learn your usage times and create a program for you. So, all you have to do is set your temperatures and let the thermostat do the work.
So, which thermostat is better of these two? To be honest, I love them both. I've used many over the years and have come to like these two the most because of the features. I HAVE to give my customers products that won't fail quickly, that will be cost effective to them and products that won't cause me call backs.
The nest, its flashy, heavy duty and totally awesome and user friendly. It can be used under many applications and is very compatible. Great manufacture support but only has a two year warranty, it also gets upgrades via the internet connection all on its own. Application hive thermostat installationcontrolled and thermostat controlled.
The ecobee3, "Welcome to the HIVE!!"
I had a customer recently who was looking for all kinds of features in a thermostat. He had some pretty standard equipment. Heating via a heat pump, air conditioning via the heat pump. He also had an oil fired, hot water boiler radiation system.
With the Ecobee3 I was able to set the customer up to control his radiation and his heat pump. The ease of switching over via an axillary setting is what we needed and the ecobee3 has the easiest user interface I've ever come across. And to my liking as well as my 65 year old customer, it has a desktop interface which he totally enjoyed. This thermostat is also able to be carried around the house with you as well as having the ability to add multiple remote sensors. Not to mention how your install contractor, if you choose one to perform the installation, can monitor and respond to alerts from the contractor portal offered by Ecobee.
These thermostats WILL save you money, Most homeowners can install these thermostats themselves but, you can always call a contractor to perform an install for very little amounts of money.
My advice to any homeowner is this, step up into the digital age and you will save money and increase reliability, not to mention being able to control your heating and air conditioning from anywhere in the word. These two products are also an awesome addition for business owners looking to REALLY save some money and quality control.