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 with this thermostat. In my humble opinion this thermostat 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.
SilverSTAT7 has Windows CE 6.0 R3 as the operating system with an Intel Atom processor which takes this smart thermostat well beyond the average home thermostat you can pick up at the hardware store.
SilverSTAT thermostat 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 the SilverSTAT7 thermostat to communicate with your home network and internet services for remote monitoring.
7 day programmable thermostat 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.
SilverSTAT 7 thermostat can stream photos and music from wireless devices through your home network.
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?
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. 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.
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.
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 rest 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?
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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.
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. Continue reading “Prevent Poor Ventilation in the Home” »
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. Continue reading “Air Conditioning and Heating: Heat/Energy Values” »
Variable Air Volume (VAV) systems are the best way to zone especially in large buildings. A VAV system with the proper controls and set-up will help the building owner realize large savings in energy usage. There are many VAV systems out there set up in different ways. The most common set-up (for DDC) are, of course, usually the cheapest to install. They have an air handler (DX or Chilled Water) which supplies the VAV Boxes with a fixed pressure and temperature of conditioned air. The VAV Boxes have electric reheat which will heat the air if that particular zone calls for heat (it is not uncommon to also find VAV boxes that have hot water reheat although this usually cost more to install but can save in energy costs).
This large rooftop air handling unit also has a heat recovery wheel integrated inside the air handling unit itself. The all in one air handler and heat recovery unit saves energy by recovering heat that would otherwise be vented outside in the winter time and in the summer removing heat from the air that is used for economizer and minimum outside air. In the winter the outside air dampers will open to bring fresh air into the building and vent stale air out of the building. The air inside the building contains heat. As the air is passing through the duct to be vented outside it encounters a heat recovery wheel. The air hits the heat recovery wheel and keeps moving past the heat recovery wheel but it leaves some of the heat it contained in the heat recovery wheel. The wheel is turning and this heat contained in this wheel (from the old stale air) turns to the duct where the fresh outside air is entering the building. This cold air hits the wheel and absorbs some of the heat that was left there by thew old exhaust air that was vented outside. Continue reading “Rooftop Air Handler with Integral Heat Recovery” »
Geothermal heat pumps use ground water or water circulated through pipes to exchange heat with the earth. Geothermal heat pumps, versus air heat pump systems, use the earths natural temperature to exchange heat and provide heating and cooling with a geothermal heat pump system. The temperature of the air varies widely with the weather whereas the temperature of the earth is nearly constant and makes the use of a geothermal heat pump system ideal for heating and cooling your home or business. It also costs less in energy use because of the constant earth temperature versus the widely varying temperature of the outside air. Geothermal heat pump systems make sense and can save lots of money in energy use. Continue reading “Geothermal Heat Pumps” »
HVAC manufacturers are always improving the energy efficiency of their products using innovation and modern technology to help. HVAC manufacturers are required by the government to increase the efficiencies of HVAC equipment sold. Usually this is a mandate passed down by congress that will set a standard for a minimum efficiency of air conditioners and heating systems. Usually this mandate is the result of HVAC manufacturers, the department of energy, and other industry concerns meeting and agreeing to a new minimum that is more efficient and utilizes less energy than previous models and designs. Continue reading “HVAC Manufacturers” »
Flex is Crimped & Flex was Hitting Belt - System Repaired After Photo was Taken
The HVAC industry depends heavily on the electric motor. The electric motor is the basic component which powers blowers to move air, drives compressors to compress refrigerant, and powers pumps to move water for chilled water and hot water applications and fuel oil for oil burners. The electric motor is an integral part of all HVAC systems and many HVAC applications would be impossible to implement without the old electric motor. Depending on the application will depend on the type of motor needed for the job. It is important that the design engineer select the appropriate electric motor for the job otherwise big and continuous problems will occur throughout the life of the HVAC system. Continue reading “HVAC Electric Motors Basics” »