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Wi-Fi Thermostats Provide Convenience and Cost Savings

Wi-Fi Thermostats Provide Convenience and Cost Savings

For homeowners in and around Green Bay, WI.

Furnace replacement guide brought to you by Robinson Heating and Cooling. More from the furnace replacement and maintenance series can be found on the resources page of our website.

Smart thermostats offer many benefits but their cost savings and ease of use often surprises our customers. Programmable thermostats are a superior product to traditional thermostats. They are valuable and offer homeowners more features than their predecessors.

Wi-Fi thermostats offer unmatched control and convenience. They also help to save money. Touchscreen models are easy to use and generally work with all types of furnaces and central air conditioning systems, including heat-pumps. Even if the home’s internet is offline, your Wi-Fi thermostat will still work properly and offer simple programmability.

WiFi enabled thermostat

The Comfort of Control.

Wi-Fi compatibility allows families to control Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems from across the room or across the country. Remote control offers homeowners the ability to ensure that the home is always at a comfortable temperature when needed. It also allows for the option to change the home’s temperature when not at home.

Wi-Fi thermostats: Technology of the Future.

Wi-Fi thermostats offer a proactive approach to furnace and a/c repair. Wi-Fi enables HVAC systems to provide timely notifications when service is needed. You can catch problems quickly and prevent an emergency, as well as the high cost of emergency repairs.
The popularity and extensive benefits of Wi-Fi enabled thermostats are a few reasons these products will continue to dominate the market. Consumers are pleased with the features and benefits of remote control!

Wi-Fi Thermostats come in various shapes, sizes, and with different capabilities.

Zone Control and Wi-Fi Access.

Wi-Fi access allows for control of multiple heating and cooling ‘zones’ as well. Multiple units can be conveniently programmed at home, or from across town, simply by using a smartphone or an internet connected tablet. If you’re considering bettering your HVAC system by adding zone control, please call Robinson Heating and Cooling to schedule a consultation!

Large Touch Screens and Simple Programming.

Wi-Fi control turns your smart phone or tablet into a large, interactive thermostat. Moreover, the actual thermostat that hangs on your wall is attractive and intuitive. Programming your thermostat has never been easier.

While programmable thermostats are paramount to an energy efficient HVAC system, Wi-Fi thermostats and Wi-Fi integrated heating and cooling systems offer distinct advantages.

No matter the size of the home or HVAC system, every homeowner can take advantage of Wi-Fi control for their heating and cooling system. Even those who do not have Wi-Fi can appreciate the plethora of features and money saving benefits that these advanced thermostats provide.

Some of the wi-fi products available can learn from your habits and usage to provide a cost saving schedule that keeps the home comfortable. Other wi-fi products have functionality built in that can email you regular reports showing how much electricity you’ve used and where you may want to consider making moneysaving adjustments.

Our favorite feature, by far, is the Wi-Fi thermostats’ ability to notify homeowners when there is a problem with the furnace or air conditioner. There is no substitute for preventative maintenance and repair. At Robinson Heating and Cooling, we want your home to be safe and comfortable. We also respect the value of a hard-earned dollar. Preventative repairs are much less expensive to address than untimely emergency repair.

Modern thermostats are truly a game changer. Heating and cooling systems are extremely complicated machines and smart thermostats offer a convenient way to control and maintain them. The control, money savings, and convenience of the Wi-Fi thermostat offer plenty for us to rave about. The handsome looks and touch screen ease of use offer a nice bonus as well.

Furnace replacement guide brought to you by Robinson Heating and Cooling. More from the furnace replacement and maintenance series can be found on the resources page of our website.

A.F.U.E. and YOU

The Annual Fuel Utilization Rating (AFUE) is One of the Most Important Aspects to Consider When Replacing your Furnace

Above: Example of AFUE rating label

For homeowners in and around Green Bay, WI.

Furnace replacement guide brought to you by Robinson Heating and Cooling. More from the furnace replacement and maintenance series can be found on the resources page of our website.

Here in DePere, we certainly use a lot of fuel to heat our home. An AFUE rating is used to showcase how much heat a furnace will provide com-pared to another furnace while still using the same amount of fuel. Gas furnaces, oil furnaces and electric heating systems all have an AFUE rating. Even wood burning furnaces even have an AFUE rating (generally between 50–90%). The biggest impact in cost depends on the type of fuel you use to heat your home (natural gas, electric, oil, etc.).  AFUE ratings, however, do not serve as an apples to apples between two separate types of heating fuels. Instead they offer a comparison between two heaters with the same fuel type..

The AFUE Rating is a Government Sponsored and Enforced Mandate That Helps Homeowners Make an Educated Decision.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires new furnaces or boilers to display an AFUE rating so consumers can compare the heating efficiency of various models. The AFUE of a furnace can be found on the large yellow sticker affixed to the new furnace. The same information can also be found readily online.

What Goes in to the Annual Furnace Efficiency Rating?

The AFUE is an indication of the furnace’s ability to convert power (or fuel) into heat for your home. The rating looks at the cost and efficiency of a furnace over a year’s time. It is important to know, however, that the AFUE rating of a central furnace or boiler does not take into account external factors such as the home’s ductwork or piping.

To get the best energy efficient furnace replacement, it is paramount to hire a reputable and knowledgeable company such as Robinson Heating and Cooling to perform the install. It would be a shame to spend your hard-earned money on a quality furnace only to lose efficiency due to a shoddy installation.

Common AFUE Ratings That You’ll Find Are Between 45–95%
Standard Efficiency Furnaces:
55%–70% AFUE
Medium Efficiency Furnaces:
80%–83% AFUE
High Efficiency Furnaces:
93%–98.5% AFUE
Robinson Heating and Cooling Can Retrofit a Furnace to Increase Energy Efficiency.

In some cases it is beneficial and economical to retrofit a central furnace or boiler to increase its energy efficiency. We at Robinson Heating and Cooling offer a furnace retrofitting service. However, if you are considering retrofitting your furnace you’d be well advised to sit down with one of our representatives to discuss the idea first. Your current furnace should be inspected thoroughly to determine whether a retrofit is ideal. You can count on Robinson’s honest and tenured employees to offer sound advice.

Not only can you save money on your energy bill, there may be rebates available for you!

With Great Efficiency Comes Great Rebates!

High efficiency furnaces and boilers are truly superior machines compared to their medium or standard efficiency counter-parts. Therefore, the manufacturing cost is higher and the cost to purchase the machine is higher as well. Robinson Heating and Cooling understands keeping costs low is an important aspect to a family’s financial well-being.

We help homeowners in our community get the most out of available regional incentives, national rebates, and manufacturer discounts. Remember, an investment in a high efficiency furnace is not only attainable but the cost savings over time is fantastic as well. Call us today to take advantage of any incentives and rebates that are available.

Choosing which heating and cooling system is best for your home is tough. Speak with our team of professionals. We can help you determine what will work best for your home and family’s needs.

Fortunately, You Can Make an Educated Decision.

Budget, fuel type, and ductwork design quality have a large bearing on the energy efficiency of a furnace. It’s good to know that standard efficiency, medium efficiency, and high efficiency furnaces can all be compared to each-other on a level playing field.

The federal regulation requiring furnace manufacturers to comply with standardized testing is a true gift to homeowners in Northeast Wisconsin. Our customers sure push their equipment to the limit and it’s good to have a resource such as AFUE to help them make the best decision for their individual situation.

Furnace replacement guide brought to you by Robinson Heating and Cooling. More from the furnace replacement and maintenance series can be found on the resources page of our website.

Understanding the AFUE Label

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