Thanks to the advancements of programmable thermostats, homeowners can now enjoy a more energy efficient home, along with significant cost savings when it comes to their monthly utility bills. But of course, the settings on these thermostats will differ for various locations and climates. For example, if you live in an area that receives mild temperatures year-round, then your programmed temperature will differ greatly in comparison to households that have to endure long, harsh winter weather for a good portion of the year.

To help you understand how these thermostats can help alleviate some of the most common air quality issues in your area, read on.

Complete Comfort Control

One of the best features about programmable thermostats is that they give homeowners complete control over the temperature of their home, no matter the location. So if the most common air quality issue in your certain area is humidity, you can easily compensate for that problem inside your home by adjusting the level on your thermostat/humidistat. WI-FI capabilities provide users with unparalleled control over certain areas of their homes, all in real-time. Sensors also detect when you are in and out of your home, allowed your device to adjust the temperature accordingly and save you money.

Touchscreen Interaction

Touchscreens are convenient, user-friendly and straightforward. And today, you can find most modern thermostats boasting a large, clear, easy-to-use touchscreen that will display all of the relevant information that you need – current temperature, programmed temperature, and time. You can even access the information in the dark with backlit features.

Comfort Control For Every Room

If one room in your home tends to feel cooler than the others during the long, harsh winter, or even drier than the rest, you now have the ability to make the adjustments that are necessary to control those comfort levels for each room. This is extremely beneficial for improving energy efficiency and lowering monthly bills since you can tailor your comfort levels so precisely, without wasting unnecessary energy on areas that really don’t matter.

Humidity, dry air, and fluctuating temperatures are, of course, some of the most common air quality issues that most homeowners experience. But thankfully, with the development and improvement of programmable thermostats, you can now enjoy complete and precise control of the comfort levels throughout your home, despite what’s happening outside.

To learn more about how you can implement this system in your home, contact us at Distinct Heating & Cooling.

The latest in thermostat technology is here and it’s definitely new and improved, pushing HVAC performance to a whole new level. With accurate temperature control, easy to navigate screens, and self-programming features, thermostats are starting to make our lives even easier than before. Let us show you how you can bring an intelligent thermostat system into your home today. Here are our favourite thermostats by the leading manufacturer, Honeywell.

Honeywell VisionPro 8000

When you need total control at your fingertips, the Vision PRO 8000 is the right choice. Featuring state-of-the-art wireless technology, you can easily schedule your thermostat, manage the indoor moisture and humidity levels, and even check on the outdoor temperature from any device.  Plus, its menu-driven programming makes it super easy to navigate, eliminating the need for complicated manuals.

The VisionPRO 8000 is also very intuitive. With the ability to be integrated with your ventilation system, humidification, and dehumidification, you can get the optimal comfort levels all with the touch of a button.

Honeywell Prestige IAQ Thermostat/Humidistat

If you’re looking for the ultimate in thermostat technology, the Prestige IAQ by Honeywell is King. Intelligent and sleek, the Prestige IAQ, comes with wireless capabilities and a full-colour display – the first in the world.

It’s so intuitive that it even programs itself. Just answer a few questions, and it will set the perfect program for your needs. It can also learn how long it takes to cool and heat your home, providing you with the perfect temperature before you arrive home from work. With a handy email alert feature, you can finally say goodbye to annoying surprises, like when the filter needs replacement and when it needs maintenance. You will know well in advance when something needs attention so you can keep your internal temperature and humidity as comfortable as possible.

Ecobee 3 & 4

These two models are become increasingly popular due to their sleek design, intuitive features, and ability to target certain areas of the home with ease. These models come with remote temperature sensors which enable the thermostat to deliver your preferred temperatures to separate areas all at once. These models also know when you are in and out of certain rooms, enabling you to save energy on heating when you don’t need it. To top it all off, these models come with Wi-Fi, and eligible for a rebate from the government of Alberta.

When you’re looking to improve your internal temperature and have significant cost savings on your monthly energy bills, these digital thermostats can provide you with all the benefits you want. Just ask us at Distinct Heating & Cooling what thermostat will work best for your home. We’re happy to provide you with all the information you need.

As Canadians, we know that winter weather can arrive overnight with the promise of higher energy usage and more expensive bills. But it doesn’t have to be such a hit to your monthly expenses. Now is the perfect time to evaluate your home’s energy efficiency, along with the overall weather resiliency throughout your home to make it cozy, without the dreaded costs. This season, use these winter comfort control tips to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient.

Caulk & Weather-Strip Around Windows & Doors

Even if you already have both applied from the previous year, it’s always a good idea to check to make sure that they aren’t peeling away. If you notice any signs of wear and tear, it’s always worth the time to replace them and add new caulking or weather-stripping to prevent drafts from entering.

Inspect Your Furnace

First, have a look at the outside of your furnace. You shouldn’t see combustion residue or any black soot in the vicinity – if you do, make sure to give us a call. Next, turn up your thermostat so you can inspect the actual flames inside the burner itself. Are they blue and flowing steadily? They should be. If the flames appear a yellow or orange tint, or are flickering, you likely have an issue with poor combustion. In this instance, make sure to give us a call right away so we can take a look.

Use A Programmable Thermostat

If you don’t already have one, a programmable thermostat can be a huge help and cost saver during the winter. These thermostats use smart, innovative technology that can learn your temperature preferences and adjust the internal temperature throughout your home accordingly. It also can also take into account when the house is empty, thus lowering the temperature enough, and raising it back up before you head home. These devices are extremely helpful at controlling the temperature throughout your home so you can take advantage of maximum energy efficiency.

Insulate Your Attic

The attic is where a lot of heat and energy gets lost, even though it’s often forgotten about. So if your attic isn’t insulted, it’s well worth considering. It can add a necessary buffer, which will allow your internal temperature to regulate and maintain a comfortable level more easily.

Upgrade Your HVAC System

If your current HVAC system is old and reaching the end of its lifespan, consider upgrading to a high-efficiency, variable-speed heating and cooling system. Look for a high AFUE or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficient rating, which represents the efficiency of a gas furnace. The better the energy-efficiency rating, the better your monthly expenses and comfort will be.

In addition to these winter comfort control tips, always remember to have your HVAC system serviced regularly to keep it running smoothly and efficiently in your home. For all of your HVAC needs, Distinct Heating and Cooling is here to help! Whether it’s a repair, replacement, maintenance or installation, we can take care of it for you.

A programmable thermostat allows you to set desired temperatures at various time throughout the day and night. The thermostat will automatically adjust the home to the preferred comfort levels at the appropriate time, without you having to adjust the setting manually, yourself.

For instance, you may want to wake up to a warmer home first thing in the morning, have it slightly cooler during the day when everyone is away, arrive home to a warmer home, and then have it slight few degrees lower overnight.

With a programmable thermostat you select the desired temperature setting and time range for each selection. Once programmed, your thermostat remembers your preferences. Further, you can program individual days for specific settings, like on the weekends when you are home, and you want the home warmer throughout the day.

What Thermostat Is Right for Your Calgary Home?

Your thermostat is an essential part of your HVAC system for your home. Here at Distinct Heating & Cooling, we offer several different types of modern and energy efficient thermostats based upon the type of heating and cooling system you have installed in your Calgary home.

Depending upon the age of your heating and cooling system, you thermostat could be old and not as energy efficient. Today’s thermostats can help save you up to 35% on your home heating costs and up to 25% on your cooling costs by taking advantage of their programmable features. In addition, they provide precise control over desired indoor temperatures since they are digital, not manual.

Distinct Heating & Cooling features Honeywell brand thermostats as they are reliable and offer several different options, based upon your preferences and needs. They are also compatible with a wide range of home heating and cooling systems. Three different options we offer are:

  • Honeywell FocusPro 6000 – This digital thermostat has a backlit screen and buttons you use to program the thermostat.
  • Honeywell VisionPro 8000 – This model is a complete touch screen thermostat without any buttons. All functions are performed on screen. The display is bigger than the 6000 model and remains backlit so it is easy to see the current settings and time, even when it is dark inside the home.
  • Honeywell Prestige– The Prestige is the latest model on the market. It is one of the first fully HD and colour thermostats. For homes with humidifiers, you can use also use the Prestige as your humidistat and eliminate the need for two separate controls. Plus, it can include built-in wireless, so you can access your thermostat/humidistat settings remotely from your smart devices.

If your thermostat is more than ten years old, chances are you furnace is also more than ten years old. With winter right around the corner, you might also want to explore replacing your existing furnace with a more energy efficient model, or at least schedule annual maintenance on it to ensure it will get through the winter.

To learn more about modern, energy efficient thermostats and furnaces and which models would be best for your Calgary home, or for annual furnace maintenance, please feel free to contact Distinct Heating & Cooling at (403) 477-3810 to book your appointment today.