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Programmable Thermostat – Save with Comfort, Convenience, and Connectivity

Wish you had some extra cash for a vacation or that new furniture set you’ve been eyeing? We can help make saving money on monthly energy bills easy. Investing in a programmable thermostat can reduce your monthly energy bill by up to 20%, so you can keep that extra money in your pocket to save for whatever you choose.

Programmable thermostat from Vilandre Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for energy savings and ideal home comfort.

 

Saving Money:

How exactly does a programmable thermostat save you money? It will give precise control over your heating and cooling, helping to reduce wasted energy. You will have the power to adjust the temperature every hour of every day, while home or away. For the most advantageous savings, utilize a ‘setback’ period for around 8 hours. While at work, sleeping, or both, set the temperature lower and reduce your energy bill by 10 to 20 percent. For every degree that you adjust the setting lower over an eight-hour period, expect to take one percent off your heating or cooling bill.

The Thermostat for Your Lifestyle:

As technology has advanced, so has the user-friendly interface of the programmable thermostats we offer, all with easy setup – no manual needed here – and some even offering voice activation. You have the option to preset the temperature for different times of the day, whether home, away, sleeping, or even on vacation. Many allow for weekend versus weekday settings, and some have Wi-Fi, giving you the option to change your settings from a computer, smartphone, or tablet. Other options offer alerts that notify you when the air filter should be changed or if the temperature is not staying within the desired range.

Programmable thermostat from Vilandre Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for energy savings and ideal home comfort.

 

Don’t Compromise Your Comfort:

Remotely control your comfort settings for optimum relaxation. As the seasons change, so will your ideal temperature for comfort. If you prefer to sleep colder and have a warm home upon waking, you can set your thermostat to do just that. No worries about the heat or cool settings when headed out on vacation, because you can change the temperature from your phone while waiting for a flight or riding in the car. These devices allow you to enjoy the full benefits of your HVAC system while saving money.

Family enjoying comfort control benefits from a programmable thermostat by Vilandre Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.

 

How to Start Saving:

If you are worried about the cost of a new programmable thermostat, we have a variety of options to fit into every budget. Give us a call or contact us via our website to discuss your options with one of our HVAC specialists. Our technicians will come out, install, and take the time to make sure you fully understand all of the features and functions of your new thermostat, and we are always a phone call away if questions should arise.

Vilandre Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing HVAC specialist ensuring customer knows all features and functions of their new programmable thermostat.

 

Pros and Cons of Going Tankless

If you are pondering whether or not to go tankless for your next water heater, we are here to help you decide with some pros and cons. Read on to learn more!

First, let’s establish the two types of water heaters – traditional and tankless. Traditional water heaters store and preheat on average 30 to 50 gallons of water in a tank. This water is used whenever someone does laundry, showers, washes dishes, etc. As the water is used, the tank refills and reheats again. Tankless water heaters use a heat source, like electricity or gas, to warm cool water on demand whenever you need it, rather than storing it.

We’ve done the research for you to help you decide if a tankless water heater will fit the needs of your home.

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  • Energy savings – tankless water heaters use 30 to 50 percent less energy than units with tanks. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates gas-fired tankless water heaters save each year an average of $100 in energy costs and about $44 in electricity bills, compared to traditional water heaters.
  • On demand – referred to as “on demand” because they heat water only when you turn on the faucet; you no longer have to pay to keep 30-50 gallons of hot water on hand.
  • Continuous supply of hot water – this is ideal if you have a family member that uses up all the hot water taking extra-long showers, or if you need to fill a Jacuzzi tub. If more capacity is needed, multiple tankless heaters can be hooked up together.
  • Compact design – smaller than a standard water heater and can be mounted on an interior or exterior wall.
  • Warranty – tankless water heaters typically have a 15+ year warranty, while traditional models only come with a six-year warranty on average.
  • Environmental benefits – besides wasting less energy, you are also preventing a rusty tank from ending up in a landfill when you go the tankless route.
  • Life expectancy – most tankless water heaters last well over 20 years, about twice as long as traditional models.
  • Tax rebates – many gas-powered tankless water heaters qualify for a $300 federal tax rebate, and many states offer similar incentives.

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  • Upfront cost – at initial purchase and install you will see a higher bill than if you chose a traditional water heater.
  • Special venting requirements – tankless units have high-powered burners, requiring a dedicated, sealed vent system that has to be installed by a professional.
  • Utility conversion – if your home utilities are electricity-only, your electrical system may need an upgrade, which requires hiring an electrician to ensure the proper voltage, amperage, and circuit breaker are in place.

The most important thing to remember when selecting your next water heater is to consider your household’s needs first. Select the unit that best fits your water usage, lifestyle, and budget. Be sure to get an estimate on installation as well as equipment, and have your water heater professionally installed. Unless you are a professional, this is not a do-it-yourself job. To further discuss options with our plumbing experts and what might fit your home best, contact us via our website or call 701.775.4675.