It can be tough to save money in the summertime when your energy bills are their highest. In Florida, we use the air conditioner for much of the year, so scheduling maintenance and changing the filter are particularly important for the wellbeing and efficiency of your system—and many of us remember to take the time for these tasks.

But even the most efficient system can consume a lot of energy if you don’t have a good thermostat to control it.

How Outdated Is Your Thermostat?

If your thermostat has been on the wall for a long time, it may not even be digital. And a manual thermostat can use a lot of energy—in part because you cannot even tell what temperature you have the dial set too!

Digital, programmable thermostats are the way to go. With a manual thermostat, you miss out on the clear digital display that keeps you from setting the temperature a couple of degrees off. Even setting the temperature 1-2 degrees less than you needed can have a major impact on your energy bills. And, of course, you miss out on the preprogramming options you get with a programmable model.

Upgrading to a Smart Thermostat

One major upgrade goes beyond switching to a standard digital, programmable thermostat. You can change your wall thermostat to a smart thermostat—one that also has a clear digital display and programmable settings, but that does much more.

Smart thermostats can learn your temperature preferences as you make adjustments throughout the week. After a while, it starts to make those adjustments for you, without having to manually program it (and you can also disable this feature).

Most importantly, a smart thermostat connects to the Wi-Fi. You can control it from an app on your smartphone! Turn the temperature up when you’re going to be late coming home, and turn it down when you arrive early so a cool home is waiting for you.

Make the good call! Buehler Air Conditioning offers thermostat upgrades and much more in Atlantic Beach, FL.

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