Smart Thermostats Offer Improved AC Temperature Control

Did you know that incorporating smart home technology and home automation systems increase your home’s resale value? Not only that, but smart devices, like smart thermostats, also offer many other financial benefits.

At J&W Heating and Air, we encourage our customers to install smart thermostats to increase control over the HVAC unit in your home. We want each customer to have the best possible experience with your HVAC unit. That means we want you to achieve both energy efficiency and utility bill savings.


What is a Smart Thermostat?

A smart thermostat basically works like a traditional thermostat to regulate the temperature in your home. However, a smart thermostat includes Wi-Fi functionality that allows for remote control via a smart device, like a phone, tablet or smart speaker. 


Common Smart Thermostat Features:

  • Schedule temperature settings
  • Change settings remotely
  • Integrate into home automation system
  • Learn behavior patterns
  • Diagnostics to detect problems with HVAC system
  • Maintenance reminders, like changing the air filter
  • Energy use analysis


Benefits of Smart Thermostats:

  • Modern look and features add to home’s value
  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Convenience of remote access
  • Better temperature control
  • Financial savings
  • Improved understanding of HVAC unit


How a Smart Thermostat Differs from a Programmable Thermostat

Most homes now have programmable thermostats which save home owners money on energy costs and offer better temperature control. A programmable thermostat works by allowing the homeowner to preset the temperature based on the time of day. A programmable thermostat does not connect to the internet and does not allow for remote access.

With a programmable thermostat, most homeowners set a different temperature during the day when the occupants aren’t home and at night while people sleep. Programmable thermostats offer less nuance. Also, a programmable thermostat doesn’t offer the other smart features presented with a smart thermostat, like diagnostics, reminders and analytics. 

If you currently have a programmable thermostat, it is worth it to upgrade to a smart thermostat to benefit from the added features. Over time you’ll realize more financial savings. Plus, for Florida homeowners, you have the added benefit of connecting to your home’s HVAC unit during extended times away from your home, like during a hurricane evacuation or for snowbirds living somewhere else for a season.


Financial Benefits with a Smart Thermostat

The most obvious financial savings are through a lower energy bill. However, smart thermostats offer other financial benefits. Like we said above, many homebuyers now desire smart home features. A smart thermostat increases the desirability and value of your home.

Another big money saver comes from the diagnostic tools. When you know about an issue with your HVAC unit quickly, you can avoid more major damage. For example, if your smart thermostat notifies you of a loose belt, scheduling repairs right away may keep that belt from flying off and slamming into other delicate equipment. A quick response means less damage and fewer repairs.

The same goes for maintenance notifications. For example, when you keep your air filter cleaner, your unit runs better. You achieve more consistent energy savings which translates to lower energy costs.

In fact, with a smart thermostat most homeowners achieve $130 to $145 in annual energy savings. A new smart thermostat pays for itself in a relatively short amount of time. Get smart by installing a smart thermostat so you too can begin to save! 


Snowbird? A Smart Thermostat Gives You More Control

Snowbirds that spend only a part of the year in Florida especially benefit from a smart thermostat. Even though you can set your programmable thermostat to the recommended temperature while you are away, you cannot communicate with your HVAC unit.

Consider our current pandemic situation. What if you can’t return to your Florida property in the fall? The temperature setting for winter months is different than during the summer. With a smart thermostat, you can make the changes from anywhere. 

Also, a programmable thermostat won’t tell you if your HVAC unit has an issue. With a smart thermostat, you’ll know if your system needs attention. You can then schedule repairs or an inspection even though you are out of town. 

Get peace of mind while you’re away by installing a smart thermostat! Plus, this doesn’t just apply for snowbirds. It works great for rental properties and regular vacations.


J&W Heating and Air Knows HVAC Systems

At J&W Heating and Air, we know the best brands, upgrades and maintenance options to keep your unit in top shape. With over 60 years of experience serving the Jacksonville, Florida area and surrounding communities, we know the importance of trusted customer relationships. Therefore, we want you to understand how best to maintain your HVAC unit.

Adding a smart thermostat to your home keeps your unit in better shape and saves you money. A smart thermostat allows for earlier repairs and more regular maintenance, both of which mean you have a better experience with your HVAC unit.

We are here to serve you! Contact J&W Heating and Air for questions regarding smart thermostats or to schedule maintenance, repairs or installation services for your Jacksonville area home.


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Stacy Russell
15:10 02 Jun 20
I will be recommending J&W to my friends and family. They were very professional and on time. Did a very well job in... a quality manner. Dustin, Mark, and Robert. Worked very well together and was in and out with no cleanup for me to do. Thanks so much for getting my home back to a cool more
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Phillip Wallace
13:46 27 May 20
Just had an entirely new, full HVAC install done at our old house in Riverside, which was a fairly big job. Brian and... Will did the installation, and were awesome. There was going to be issues leveling the air handler in the attic, so they moved it to a new spot and hung it instead, getting new parts/changing the plan on the fly. We're much happier with this new setup and location of the air handler. I really appreciated this, their professionalism/thoroughness, and flexibility. Brian and Will worked super-hard, and double-checked everything once the job was done. Would use this company more
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Louis Kincheloe
21:18 01 May 20
Two installers here early this morning. Worked all day. Very professional, extremely well mannered and quick to answer... all my questions. They are Dustin and Robert. Both men went above just installing my new unit, they were personable and knowledgeable in what they were doing. I was surprised when I found out these two hadn't been working that long together. They worked extremely well together. I highly recommend this two more
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22:46 03 May 18
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