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SilverPAC Silverstat 7 Advanced Thermostat | HVAC Control

SilverPAC Silverstat 7 Advanced Thermostat

SilverPAC Silverstat 7 Advanced Thermostat

SilverPAC Silverstat 7 Advanced Thermostat

This thermostat is sure to save you some money in energy costs if you can get over the initial retail cost which is currently unavailable. Taking it a step further you can make some control changes to your appliances and hook them up to this thermostat so you can program on and off schedules for the appliances. We’re not talking about just your air conditioning and heating system either…………from your refrigerator freezer to your water heater to your lighting it can all be intelligently controlled and monitored. In my humble opinion it will definitely change your utility bill. Here are some of the key features that will help you save energy.

  • Smart Wi-Fi that has the ability to communicate with the new smart meters many utilities are installing including gas and electric meters. These new meters have the ability to send real time data to the utility companies to monitor usage.
  • has Windows CE 6.0 R3 as the operating system with an Intel Atom processor which takes this smart device well beyond the average home thermostat you can pick up at the hardware store.
  • has a 7 inch touch screen and features a Smart Energy In-Home Display (IHD) so you can monitor the stat and the amount of energy your home is consuming at any given time of the day.
  • The Wi-Fi allows it to communicate with your home network and internet services for remote monitoring.
  • 7 day programmable capabilities that works with a calender and scheduled alarm notices so you don’t forget to change the filters ever again.
  • The Windows software can also give you access to email, stock prices, real-time weather forecasts, and the price the utility company is charging for energy at specific times of the day.
  • can stream photos and music from wireless devices through your home network.

SilverPAC Silverstat 7 Advanced Thermostat

Questions for the manufacturer include how many inputs and outputs for control functions and how much in house wiring changes need to take place for control of the appliances? With this device along with smart appliances no need to worry as they wireless and networked together easily through this intelligent device.

Inside the box is the thermostat along with detailed instructions on how to set it up including a thermostat wire color code chart to help you install the new thermostat.

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SilverPAC Silverstat 7 Advanced Thermostat

What Temperature Should I Set My Programmable Thermostat To | HVAC Control

What Temperature Should I Set My Programmable Thermostat ToWhat Temperature Should I Set My Programmable Thermostat To – 4) Please confirm this advice if you would; it is better to have your thermostat left at 70°F. to 72°F. during the day while your home is empty and adjust accordingly when you get home as opposed to shutting off the heater/ac and turning on when you get home. I would think this would put less strain on the unit. Thanks in advance for your help.

What Temperature Should I Set My Programmable Thermostat To – The answer…….

It would be better for you turn the system off while you are work and then turn it back on again after you arrive at home. There is a better way though. You can purchase a programmable thermostat and set the thermostat to your schedule. You set the programmable to turn off approximately a half hour before you leave in the morning and then set it to turn on approximately a half hour before you come home. This means you will not have to wait for the house to warm up or cool down after arriving at home. The programmable thermostat will make sure that the system is on so that when you arrive home there is a degree of comfort for you.

The programmable thermostat should be set for a temperature differential of 3 ° F. to 5° F. above the comfort zone temperature if your system takes a while to cool or heat the house. If your system has no problem cooling or heating the house you can increase this temperature differential to 7° F. to 12° F. That is, when you leave home the programmable thermostat timer increase the temperature in the summer and decreases the temperature in the winter so when you are not home the HVAC system doesn’t cycle as much and you save in energy costs. The same can be said about when you sleep at night. Be comfortable for sure but you can increase or decrease the temperature when you are sleeping and with a programmable thermostat set it to bring the house to a comfortable temperature just before you wake up. This is better than turning the system off completely and it maintains reasonable temperatures in your home or business whether you are there or not. The thermostat pictured to the left is the Honeywell Touchscreen programmable thermostat.

What Temperature Should I Set My Programmable Thermostat To? – The HVAC System

One thing to note about this though is that if your system is undersized or your house is not properly insulated then the system will continuously run no matter where you set the thermostat. A properly insulated house with the correct sized air conditioning and heating system will gain you more efficiency and less power bill by turning the system off when you are not home for prolonged periods of time. Think about the system running when you are not at home and the good that it is doing. It is not benefiting anyone except maybe a pet. The programmable thermostat properly programmed will reduce the costs of your energy bill by at least ten percent (according to the U.S. Department of Energy). This makes perfect sense to me and have my thermostat in my home (a Honeywell Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat) set to do the same thing. Unless I come home early my home is comfortable when I arrive home because I set the programmable thermostat to come on thirty minutes before I arrive home.

I’ve seen a lot of air conditioning and heating systems and I would not recommend this to you if your air conditioner typically runs all the time. You have a problem that is well beyond the thermostat and needs to be corrected. I would start with the insulation in the home and then move up to having the system checked and resized to make sure it has been properly sized in the past. Only then would I say get a programmable thermostat especially if your air conditioner or heating system runs all the time due to inadequate sizing or poor insulation. If all is fine with that then get yourself a programmable thermostat and save yourself some money on your power bill. Turning off during the day is not going to strain the heating and cooling equipment to the point where you have to worry about replacing the system sooner rather than later but it will save you money in energy consumption.

More information on thermostats can be found here.

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What Temperature Should I Set My Programmable Thermostat To

Hot Water Boiler Reset Control | Heating and Cooling

Hot Water Boiler Reset Control
Hot Water Boiler Reset Control

We are looking at replacing our boiler with a new boiler. The HVAC contractor, I suppose he is the salesman for the HVAC contractor, is trying sell us what he refers to as a reset control for our boiler. He tells us it will save us more money by making our boiler more efficient. I think I understand how it works but my wife is not entirely sure about it. Can you tell us what you think about a boiler reset control and how it works?

Thanks and we have learned so much from High Performance HVAC. Keep up the good work.


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Prevent Poor Ventilation in the Home | HVAC and Health

Prevent Poor Ventilation in the Home

You already know that inadequate ventilation in the home can lead to mold, mildew, and poor indoor airflow. This, in turn, can trap pollutants indoors, leading to allergies and other, more serious health risks. So what can you do to prevent this? Fortunately, you have several options, including energy efficient ones. Here are some of them.

Prevent Poor Ventilation in the Home – Install a Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans help circulate the air around your home. They reduce your cooling bill by drawing cool air upwards on warm days. In the winter, ceiling fans are also efficient, reducing your heating bill. For instance, if you use a fireplace, using a ceiling fan can make it more efficient by distributing the heated air.

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Air Conditioning and Heating Heat/Energy Values – HVAC Technical

Air Conditioning and Heating: Heat/Energy ValuesAir Conditioning and Heating Heat/Energy Values

Heat is energy and when we produce heat we need to use energy in its production. There are natural methods for producing heat without burning or using fuels but these methods are not practical or available to the general populace for residential, commercial, and industrial use. The production heat, whether for residential, commercial, or industrial uses, uses energy and energy costs money. It is thereby necessary to have reliable and proven methods of measuring the amount of heat produced using a specific quantity of energy. Employing these reliable and proven methods we can also use the data to determine the best methods of producing heat for homes, businesses, and industry.

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