• It’s Time to Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

    Any thermostat will let you adjust your heating and AC settings. While it’s true that you can run an energy-efficient home with a regular thermostat, it’s far easier and more convenient to let a smart thermostat take care of the adjustments for you. Not convinced? Talk to an HVAC professional about why you should upgrade to a smart thermostat. 

    Energy Use Reports 

    Some smart thermostats, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, provide monthly energy use reports. Your emailed report will show you how much energy you’ve saved that month. Plus, you’ll get tips for saving, even more, the next month. 

    Learned Behavior 

    One of the primary differences between smart and regular thermostats is that smart thermostats have the capacity to “learn” from your past behaviors. Your smart thermostat might learn, for instance, that you like to set the temperature at 66 degrees before going to bed. When this behavior is learned, the smart thermostat will take care of it automatically for you. This is particularly helpful for people who might forget now and then to adjust the thermostat before bed. 

    Remote Access 

    Many smart thermostats allow you to access your HVAC data remotely. No matter where you are in the world, you can check in on the settings in your home. Perhaps you’ve just left on a business trip and want to double-check that you turned down the heat. Your smart thermostat can do that for you. Or perhaps you’re away from home and want to make sure that the kids haven’t turned on the AC on the highest setting. All it takes is the touch of a button. 

    Alerts 

    Some smart thermostats will send you an emailed alert if something’s changed that you should be aware of. For instance, you might get an alert that your thermostat’s been disconnected from its network. This might tell you that your home is having a power outage. You could also get alerts about routine maintenance, such as when an air filter is dirty and needs to be changed. 

    You can discuss your plans for upgrading your heating and cooling system with a professional at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. Our HVAC experts in Berkeley are always on the lookout for ways to save our customers money by installing energy-efficient appliances and high-tech devices like smart thermostats. Get in touch today at (510) 843-6904. 

  • Thermostat Dos and Don’ts

    Setting your thermostat correctly allows you to use your heating and air conditioning as efficiently as possible while ensuring that your home stays comfortable. There is a lot of conflicting information about how to use your thermostat and how to set temperatures to maximize both comfort and efficiency. This information will help you make the right choices for your home. 

    One common mistake people make is setting their heating or air conditioning to extreme temperatures to heat or cool the space faster. This doesn’t make the system work faster; it just makes it work until it reaches that temperature. You should, however, adjust your thermostat when you’re not home, so you don’t waste energy. A smart thermostat can help with this. Resist the temptation to tweak your temperature constantly. All that this does is make your system switch off and on continually, wasting energy.  

    For more information about HVAC efficiency, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating. Our techs can help you get the most out of your heating and cooling while keeping your home comfortable. For heating and air conditioning service in Berkeley, call (510) 843-6904.

  • Myth: It Doesn’t Matter Where Your Thermostat Is Located

    If you’re dealing with skyrocketing heating bills, one factor you may be overlooking is the location of your thermostat. The placement of your thermostat can dramatically affect how your HVAC functions, so if your bills are through the roof, then consider whether yours could be in a better place.

    Ideally, your thermostat should not be in a place where it can be affected by extreme temperature changes. For instance, it should not be located across from a window that allows the sun to beat on it, as it could make the thermostat read your interior temperature as warmer than it is. Placing the thermostat near a vent or draft can also cause inaccurate readings. To evaluate the placement of your thermostat, call your HVAC repair expert to come out and determine the best location for your home.

    Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can help you get the maximum efficiency from your heating and AC in Berkeley , with advice about the best HVAC systems and how to use them. Get to the bottom of your HVAC issues today by calling us at (510) 843-6904.