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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 4/4/2021

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As you go about your day at home, you might change the thermostat settings more than once to balance your comfort with saving money. But what if you were able to leave all that fine-tuning to a digital system and achieve your goals with little to no effort on your part? Well, if that sounds like a fantastic plan, you’ll love to see what a programmable thermostat has to offer. And you’ll likely delight in learning that new home builders are installing these smart devices more often than not. Here’s what you need to know.

How Do Programmable Thermostats Work?

When you have a programmable thermostat hooked up, you can tell it to alter the temp settings for the heat or air conditioning at specific times throughout the day. Then, it will kick the heating and cooling on as instructed to perfect the temperature in your home.  

Do you like it chilly at night, but warm all day? You can do that. Or you can have it turn down the thermostat when you’re not home and kick it on full blast an hour before you’re set to return. You can also change it up season by season to keep your home comfortable while minimizing what you pay for energy.

No matter what settings you want, you can input your preferences right on the interface or through an app on your smartphone. If you have an app-linked device, you can even make changes while you’re away from home.

Benefits of Using Smart Thermostats

With a smart programmable thermostat installed, you get to enjoy all the following benefits.

Save Energy

You can save a lot of energy using a programmable thermostat. You just need to set it to 68 degrees all day, and then have it automatically turn down to around 66 degrees at night. Then, before you get up in the morning, it can bring the temperature up to 68 again to help you wake up right. You’ll likely notice your home’s energy usage decreasing, helping minimize your household’s carbon footprint.

Keep Bills Low

By using your smart thermostat to keep your home at 68 degrees or so all day and even lower at night, you can enjoy saving up to 10% per year on your energy bill. If you pay an average of $2,400 per year on energy, you’ll likely see a savings of around $240 just from setting your thermostat at the right level.

Stay Comfy

When you dial in your temperature settings around the clock using a programmable thermostat, you get to stay comfy without having to make manual adjustments. You’ll know that your heating and air conditioning systems will kick on at just the right moment to bring your livings space to your ideal temp. You may even wake up feeling more rested than ever before as the lower nighttime temperatures improve your sleep quality.

Protect Pipes

If you’re away from your home for days at a time in the winter months, you may worry about the heat turning off and allowing your pipes to freeze. Thankfully, with an app-connected smart thermostat on hand, you can check that your heater is running day and night.

With all these benefits in mind, it just makes sense to only use a programmable thermostat in your home.

Tips for Using Your Programmable Thermostat

When using a programmable thermostat, you’ll want to set a precise temperature for at least four separate times.

Preferably, set up a temperature for when you:

  • Wake up each morning
  • Leave the house for the day
  • Return home after work or school
  • Go to bed at night

By doing so, you can enjoy all the benefits of having a smart thermostat on your side. You may need to try out different temperatures to best balance your energy bills and comfort. But rest assured that it’s well worth the time and effort in doing so.





Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 3/7/2021

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Although smartphones make it easier than ever to relay a message across the household, listen to videos and blast your tunes, they simply don’t compare to a fully integrated speaker and intercom system. Although home intercoms might seem like a blast from the past, they are back and better than ever. And as a perfect complement to their key functions, whole house speaker systems have improved by leaps and bounds, creating the ideal setup for your new home. 

How Do Smart Intercoms and Speakers Work?

Smart speaker and intercom systems often use a hub in each room to relay messages from one party to another. Beyond that, they often have many other speakers situated around the room if surround sound is a priority. Otherwise, the room may only use the single speaker in the hub for all your messaging and entertainment needs.

Many of these systems are voice controlled, so you can ask to speak to someone in a different room, play your music or even hear about the weather without having to click a button. If you have many speakers set up in the room, you can even use them to funnel the sound from your stereo, TV or other devices as needed to stay well entertained.

Intercom and Smart Speaker Benefits

With an intercom and smart speaker system installed in your home, you can improve communication in your household while staying well entertained at all times.

Keep the Din Down

If your household is decorated by the sound of everyone yelling across the house to share info with each other, then an intercom system will make a huge difference in your day-to-day life. You just have to let the system know you want to chat with someone in another room, and it will create a connection between you both. Then, you just have to talk at a normal level to get your message across – all without having to get up from the couch.

Have Quick Convos

If you prefer to track down your loved ones to have conversations face to face, you likely waste a lot of time running back and forth across your house. You can skip that by jumping on the intercom and letting them know just what you need to discuss. With that, you can turn a 10-minute ordeal into a quick conversation and move on with your daily activities.

Add to the Ambiance

As you pipe music into any given room in your home, you can greatly improve its ambiance. All you have to do is let the system know what you want to play, and it’ll get to work in setting the right mood. You can have your smart speakers play upbeat tunes to give everyone energy for the tasks ahead or downtempo beats that promote true relaxation well into the evening hours.

Get a Stress Relief Boost

Music is an excellent stress reliever that can help you settle down and put your problems to the side for a moment. And since it is so quick and easy to get the tunes going, you don’t have to do much beyond letting the system know it’s go time.

Upon enjoying all these benefits and many more, you’ll undoubtedly wonder just how you lived without smart intercoms and speakers in the past.

How to Start Using Your Speakers and Intercom

New home builders are putting smart speakers and intercoms in more houses than ever before. When you buy a home equipped with these systems, the seller will let you know how to use each function. You’ll also get a user manual that you’ll want to go through to figure out how to use all the unique features. Then, you just have to try it out to master the controls.







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