5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Thermostat

The climate control for your home is easily managed through your thermostat. However, if you have an older thermostat, you may not be getting all the benefits available. New technology has improved the design and functions of thermostats to give you more control over your heating, cooling and energy costs. Here are five reasons to consider upgrading your old thermostat to a new, smart model.

  1. Easy controls. New thermostat designs are innovative and simpler to use. Many have touchscreen options that give you many functions at your fingertips without buttons.
  2. Smartphone apps. You can link smart thermostats to your smartphone with an app. This gives you the option to change temperatures or settings from wherever you are to better manage your energy costs.
  3. More program options. Programming your thermostat to manage your heating and cooling is easier and more efficient with a smart thermostat. You can change the settings for different times and days to match your schedule and needs.
  4. HVAC maintenance. Advanced thermostats do more than just control the temperature of your home. They can also let you know when your HVAC filter needs to be changed or if there are other issues with your HVAC system.
  5. Eco-friendly. Newer thermostats are eco-friendly in many ways. They do not contain mercury and they can help your home be more efficient, helping reduce waste of natural resources.

Investing in a new thermostat can reap many benefits that can make life easier and save you money on HVAC repairs and energy costs. Contact your local HVAC service to learn more about all the advanced options in smart thermostats and other accessories for your HVAC system.

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Western Aire Heating & Cooling
264 Buchanan Highway
Dallas, GA 30157
(770) 505-7426

Why You Should Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

It seems like everything is getting “smarter” nowadays. Cell phones, TVs and even irrigation systems come in “smart” varieties, as do HVAC thermostats. The idea of smart devices is to make it easier to access the information you need and get better or more efficient performance. That is certainly true of smart thermostats. Not only can it make it easier to control the climate inside your home by connecting to your smartphone, it can save you money. Here are a few reasons to upgrade to a smart thermostat for your HVAC system.

Change Your Settings Remotely

Older thermostats can often be programmed, but you need to be home to control the settings. With a smart thermostat you can access your settings from anywhere. This means if you find out you need to stay late at work, you can change the programmed time that the temperature should go up or down at your home. Going home early? Get your home cooled down or warmed up before you arrive, all from your smartphone app.

Reduce Energy Costs

The ability to change the settings on your HVAC system from anywhere helps you manage your heating and cooling costs. Plus, many smart thermostats have efficiency functions to help you improve your energy use. Some will let you know when the filter needs to be changed or other maintenance needs to be performed.

Besides the convenience and energy savings, smart thermostats can last longer and require less maintenance than older versions. If you want to save money and reduce energy waste on heating or cooling in your home, contact your local HVAC service company and talk to them about the options available in smart thermostats.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
1925 Lena Carter Road
Buford, GA 30519
(770) 475-9528

How to Choose the Right Thermostat

Do you have an older thermostat for your HVAC system? If your thermostat does not have programming or remote access, you are missing out of some phenomenal features that offer convenience and energy savings for your home. If you are ready to upgrade your thermostat, here are some features to consider that will help you choose the right model for your needs.


First and foremost, you want a thermostat that is programmable. This one feature can save you hundreds of dollars on your energy bills if you use it correctly. You can program your thermostat to use less energy during hours you are sleeping or away from home, while keeping your home comfortable.

Remote Access

Many thermostats now offer Wi-Fi access. This allows you to control your thermostat from a computer or even your smartphone. You can turn your thermostat up or down when you are away from home, helping save you even more money on energy costs.

Auto Changeover

When the days are warm and the nights are cool, you want your thermostat to know when to send heat and when to turn on the A/C. An auto changeover switch allows your thermostat to use both heat and air conditioning to maintain the preferred temperature in your home.

Keyboard Lock

Don’t want your kids turning up the A/C to high when you are not at home? Choose a thermostat with a keyboard lock to leave changing the temperature to the people who pay the bills.

The new features available on today’s thermostats make it easier to keep your home climate controlled while using less energy. Talk to your local HVAC service company to learn more about the models available and for professional installation.

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Western Aire Heating & Cooling
264 Buchanan Highway
Dallas, GA 30157
(770) 505-7426

Is an Automated Energy Management System Right for Your Business?

Does your commercial building still use a manual control system for your cooling and heating? You could be losing money and wasting time by not updating your commercial HVAC system. Automated energy management systems have many benefits that could improve your climate control abilities, reduce monitoring efforts and impact your bottom line. Here are some of the advantages of upgrading to an automated control management HVAC system.

  • Easier monitoring. Automated systems can be monitored from anywhere through wi-fi connections. Your management team can check on climate control on any building from anywhere, making it simple to manage your building temperatures.
  • Improved data. Energy management systems that are automated give you better data to help improve energy expenditures. This helps you better plan for your energy expenses and find ways to reduce energy costs.
  • Lower energy costs. Automated systems can help you better manage your energy costs for heating and cooling issues, saving you thousands of dollars. Most large businesses recoup the cost for implementing an automated system within the first few years in energy savings alone.
  • Quicker alerts. If there is a problem with your HVAC system, an automated control option alerts you quicker so you can get the issue resolved. Time is money and the faster you can fix an HVAC issue, the quicker you can get your business back up and running.

If you are still using a manual control energy management system, consider investing in automation. It is a wise investment into your business and can help reduce time spent on managing climate control while reducing energy use. Talk to your local industrial HVAC service company that offers automation upgrades to find out more about updating your system.

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JS Thomas Service, Inc
4085 Nine McFarland Dr
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 475-2600

Improve Your HVAC with Optional Accessories

Your HVAC system is designed to keep your home comfortable year-round, cooling the hot summer air and heating it up when the temperatures drop in the winter. While a good HVAC system can easily control temperatures, it may need additional accessories to provide clean, comfortable air. Here are a few optional accessories to consider adding to your system to improve your HVAC efficiency and air quality in your home.

High Capacity Air Filters

The air in your home is circulated constantly and needs good filtration to keep it safe and healthy for your family. The filter you use in your HVAC system can make a big difference on the purity of your home’s air. High capacity air filters provide a higher level of filtration, removing more contaminants from the air, including molds and other allergens.


The air in your home can become very dry, especially with air conditioning. A humidifier helps improve the comfort level of your home and can help keep respiratory and skin issues from dry air from occurring.

Advanced Thermostats

Upgrading your thermostat can improve the efficiency and comfort of your HVAC system. Advanced options include wi-fi capabilities so you can change the programming from anywhere. Setting it to more mild temps when you are sleeping or away from home can dramatically impact your energy bill; many newer models can even be controlled through your smartphone.

Talk to your local HVAC service company about accessories you can add to your HVAC system when you schedule your next service. Remember, annual service can prevent breakdowns and extend the life and efficiency of your HVAC system, so make sure to keep up with the needed maintenance.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
1925 Lena Carter Road
Buford, GA 30519
(770) 475-9528

Thermostat Control: Tips on Keeping It Cool

When the temperatures rise, so does your electric bill. It can be costly to keep your home comfortable when the temperature hit the 90’s and triple digits. You want your home to be climate controlled, but at what cost? Having a programmable thermostat and using it properly can help you stay cool while managing the cost of your comfort. Here are some tips to manage your thermostat to stay cool without breaking the bank on energy bills.

  • Program your thermostat. The best efficiency tip is to program your thermostat to only be at the lowest cooling setting when you are home during the warmest hours. Thermostats should be set to automatically switch a higher temperature when the house is empty and at night.
  • Use moderate settings. Keep your settings moderate for temperatures. Good energy settings include 78 degrees when you are home during peak hours, 82 degrees when you are sleeping and 85 when you are away from home.
  • Don’t forget to change your programming for trips. If you are going to be away for a few days, make sure to change your thermostat settings to away temperatures for the entire time.
  • Get a smartphone app. Many advanced thermostats can be controlled through an app on your phone. This gives you control to change the setting if you will be coming home early or not coming home at all. Why cool your home if no one is there to enjoy it?

Just making a few changes on how your use your thermostat can save you hundreds of dollars each summer on your cooling bills. Talk to your local HVAC provider about updating to a hi-tech, efficient thermostat if you still are using an older, manual model.

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ClimateSmith, LLC
1925 Lena Carter Road
Buford, GA 30519
(770) 475-9528

How Smart Is Your Thermostat?

Technology has led to incredible inventions which can make life not only easier, but also more affordable. This is definitely true of the HVAC thermostat. The newer models are designed to make it easier to control the temperature of your home while also learning your preferences without needing regular programming. If you have an older thermostat installed in your home, it may be time to consider upgrading to one of the higher tech models which can help make your space both more comfortable and more energy efficient. 

Features Available On New Thermostats

First and foremost, a programmable thermostat is a worthwhile investment for any homeowner who currently has or is considering the installation of an HVAC system. The ability to program your home’s temperature throughout the day can lead to large savings on your energy bill. This allows you to reduce the heating or cooling when you and your family are gone during the day, also at night when you are sleeping. Some other fantastic features that newer thermostats offer include: 

  • Learning capabilities. Many computerized thermostats now can learn your preferences and program your temperatures accordingly. These smart thermostats can memorize what settings you use, give you energy efficient options and even create reports regarding energy usage during a set period.
  • Remote technology. Newer thermostats often now have Wi-Fi capabilities, allowing you to control your home settings from any internet capable device, such as a smartphone, tablet or computer.
  • Display. Many of the high-tech thermostats come with back-lit displays which are easy to read and use, often with touchscreen options. Battery backups ensure settings are not lost during a power outage. 

To learn more about the smart options available in thermostats, talk to your local HVAC service company for advice. They can suggest a newer model which will meet your personal needs, and which can possibly offer substantial savings off your energy bills when used correctly.

Posted on behalf of James Smith, ClimateSmith LLC