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A new HVAC system isn’t always on the budget. However, there is one thing you can and should do to improve energy efficiency, save on your monthly utility bills, and extend the life of your current system: Install a smart thermostat.

To help you understand the benefits of having a smart thermostat in your home, we spoke to Jason Wilson, Product Manager at Yorks Control and premium product lines about the device, along with how a zone system can make your HVAC work smarter (not harder). He also shares how York offers support to local contractors to make installation super easy for you.

Be smart about saving

The biggest benefit of smart thermostats is that they can result in significant savings on your energy bills. A study by the Electric Power Research Institute on energy use suggests that using a smart thermostat can result in “average hourly peak reductions in the range of 16-19%”.

Hx™3 WiFi Touch Screen Thermostat

The best part is that many smart thermostats are very user-friendly, even for the technical downsides. Wilson points out that smart thermostats easily sync with other devices such as phones, tablets, smartwatches, or voice-controlled home automation systems. Then use this device to control the temperature of your home.

Adding to the fact that phones and tablets tend to have superior interfaces, he says, “Smart thermostats that use an app are better for the scheduling function, and certain thermostats on the market have the ability to learn routines around the house to set schedules for heating and cooling.”

That means less work for you – and for your system.

Enter the zone

If your home has zoned heating and cooling, adding intelligent controls like the York Hx™3 Communicating Zoning System offers deeper efficiency savings because you can independently control different rooms of the home, Wilson says.

This means that instead of cooling your entire space to the same temperature, you can separate individual rooms into their own climate zones. In a split-level home, this could mean second-floor bedrooms, which tend to be warmer, stay cooler than a first-floor living room with a ceiling fan and screened-in windows.

Hx™3 Communicating Zone System

Also, keep in mind that research has shown that zoning allows you to achieve even more energy efficiency in your system like this study from 2019. “By controlling only parts of your house at once, the system doesn’t have to be running at full blast every time you want it warmer or colder,” explains Wilson. “When there is less space to meet the demands, it decreases the usage of the system and increases the lifespan of the system.”

While installing a smart thermostat and zone controller can be more expensive initially, both systems are designed to save you money in the short and long term. Within months of installation you will see the results in lower electricity bills. In addition, the entire system can both last longer and require less costly and time-consuming repairs.

Zone cooling also has the added (and priceless!) benefit of reducing arguments about whether different parts of the home are too hot or too cold.

Enjoy simplified setup

York’s software helps simplify some installation and troubleshooting steps. “During or after setup, the system can fully display any issues,” says Wilson. “We can detect when wires are crossing and indicate which zone this is occurring in, giving the contractor a specific point to target and verify the wiring.”

This saves time and money for both the homeowner and the contractor as the contractors can more efficiently get to the root of an HVAC problem.

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