Not Your Grandfather’s Thermostat
The advancement of technology-enabled the growth of smart devices in the home.
Thermostats, in particular, have not only improved their performance but can now save you time and money.
Here are three that we recommend, and their top features:
1. Nest Learning Thermostats – 3rd Generation – The Nest thermostat is a Wi-Fi, self-scheduling thermostat, that automatically adjusts to your home schedule. Nest learns your preferred temperatures and programs according to your preferences. It automatically turns down when you’re away to avoid heating or cooling an empty home. Some of the key features include:
- Automatic scheduling and Auto-Away
- Remote control
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Compatibility with 90% of 24V systems
- Energy usage tracking
2. Honeywell 9000 Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat – The Honeywell 9000 smart Wi-Fi thermostat is a great, cost-efficient thermostat. It is equipped with a full-color screen, local weather and humidity display, and 7-day programming. Some of the key features include:
- Wi-Fi enabled – control from anywhere
- Full-color, bright and customizable screen
- Smart response technology for the precise temperature when you want it
- Automatic energy-saving settings and on-screen humidity display
- Daily weather forecast on-screen, 5-day forecast on app
3. Ecobee 3 w/ Sensor – The Ecobee 3 w/ sensor is one of the best thermostats to ever hit the market. It includes a remote sensor that syncs with the thermostat to relay temperature wherever it is located. They are ideal for large homes with multiple rooms and floors. It will keep track of the rooms you occupy most and program a schedule that will fit your comfort level. Some of the key features include:
- Uses advanced energy-saving algorithms that consider thousands of data points
- Control anytime, anywhere, on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, and includes an app for the remote control
- Hardwired for reliability, so you do not have to worry about battery function
- Wi-Fi Enabled, and easy installation
- Live local weather
Give us a call if you are ready to purchase a new thermostat. We are here to help you choose the right thermostat for you, install it, and show you how to use it.
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New Name and New Logo – Same Family
For the past 16 years, we have been providing comfort to the people and businesses of the greater Phoenix area with integrity, quality, and guaranteed excellent heating and air conditioning services. We are very grateful for the support we have received from the community, and now we are re-branding our company to reflect our values.
As you might have noticed, earlier this year, we changed our name from Rainbow Air Conditioning to Arizona Comfort Specialists Cooling and Heating. We have also designed a new logo to reflect the new name and our commitment to you, our customers.
Other than that, nothing has changed – The company is still owned and operated by the Miller family, and we are as committed as ever to integrity, honesty, fair pricing, and guaranteed quality-work.
David Baratta’s Story
David Baratta purchased a home and considered remodeling to include additional square footage. Upon inspecting the age of the equipment in the home, he determined this would also be the right time to replace the air conditioning unit (A/C).
“Their technicians were polite and knowledgeable. I like that they did what they said they were going to do the first time, and that I didn’t have to chase them. That’s just how they operate.”
Arizona Comfort Specialists Cooling and Heating (ACS) was hired as one of the sub-contractors, but David decided not to move forward with the full remodel. Soon after, David received an outrageous electric bill in June, one of the hottest months in Arizona. Although it was determined the high bill was due to a billing miscalculation and the issue was resolved, this triggered David to have the A/C system evaluated, and he contacted ACS.
David’s existing A/C system was old, noisy, and leaked Freon. ACS owner John provided information on various options, and thoroughly reviewed them with David. “John went through the difference between manufacturers, and warranties in detail. He was perfectly content to let me make the choice until I asked him what he would suggest to me if I was a family or a friend, and he told me. This is the unit we ended up going with, and we are very happy with it.”
David was mostly impressed by their expertise and great customer service. “Their technicians were polite and knowledgeable. I like that they did what they said they were going to do the first time, and that I didn’t have to chase them. That’s just how they operate.”
Tim’s Tips is a monthly feature by Tim Miller, Field Operations Manager at Arizona Comfort Specialists Cooling and Heating. Like everyone else here, Tim’s mission is to make, sure you and your family are comfortable.
How to Check Whether or Not Your Home Is Compatible with A Smart Thermostat
There are many smart thermostats on the market today with various features, and choosing the right one can be a challenging task. Before purchasing a new thermostat, consider the following tips:
- Know your equipment – It is important to know which type of heating and cooling system is in your home (i.e., heat pump, gas furnace and coil, electric heat, etc.). In addition, knowing whether or not your system is single or 2 stage also makes a difference.
- Know your home – How large or small is your home? Do you have multiple units or multiple floors? Smart thermostats vary by design and depending on your home layout, some options are better than others.
- Check the amount of wiring going to your thermostat – In order to use a smart thermostat, you must have at least one vacant wire. This wire would be used as the ‘’C” or “common” wire. Typical smart thermostats require a “common” to replace batteries. To check this, remove the thermostat from the wall plate or base that is anchored to your wall. Thermostats typically hinge on the top of the wall mount. Therefore, pull in a swinging motion from the bottom, outwards towards the ceiling. Once removed, read the options on the wall mount.
These are the basic terminals needed for wiring in a smart thermostat. While the base plate is off, check to see if the wire coming from the wall to your thermostat has any spare wires. If it does, then you are in good shape. If not, you may need to add a wire. For this, I recommend calling a service technician. Once complete, reconnect the thermostat back to the wall.
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