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Improve Your IAQ With a Smart Wifi Thermostat

Should you Install a Smart Thermostat

Sanks Mechanical helps homeowners in Philadelphia, PA and throughout the surrounding areas improve their indoor air quality, and installing a smart thermostat is one of the ways we do that. The EPA recommends smart thermostats with the ENERGY STAR label because of the annual savings they can provide, but these devices can also help you monitor, improve, and maintain your indoor air quality.

What Is a Smart Thermostat?

There are three core types of thermostats: manual, programmable, and smart. Manual thermostats, which can either be analog or digital, allow you to adjust a temperature setting by hand. Programmable thermostats are digital thermostats that will adjust the temperature based on user-defined programming. A smart thermostat is similar, but it typically has the capability to learn and adjust its programming and is usually able to communicate with other smart devices in the home.

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Why Choose Sanks Mechanical?

Sanks Mechanical is a fully licensed and insured HVAC company that has served this region for over a decade. Your heating and cooling systems are not only integral to your overall home comfort, but also the quality of the air you breathe. Our team includes IAQ experts who also specialize in air purification systems and understand how all of these systems synergize to foster a healthy environment.

Should You Install a Smart Thermostat?

The EPA recommends these devices because it estimates that all households will reduce their heating and cooling costs by at least 8%, and the savings can be much higher depending on the home. These units are able to track more than just temperature, such as relative humidity and air quality. The modern smart wifi thermostat is often controllable via a smartphone app and voice controls. They allow you to set energy profiles, user-defined programming settings, and are also able to learn. Many systems provide energy usage reports and can communicate with motion sensors, smart shades, and other smart devices.

Other Signs You Should Invest in a Smart Thermostat

If you currently have an older-style thermostat, then you should invest in a smart wifi thermostat for the savings alone as the device will pay for itself over time. If you have a single temperature setting that you use throughout the day and night, you’re likely throwing money away. It’s also good to have an advanced device to take advantage of HVAC upgrades like dehumidifiers, air purifiers, and so forth.

The Importance of Good Indoor Air Quality

The modern American spends more than 90% of their time indoors. Furthermore, indoor air pollution levels can be no better than outdoor levels without some form of indoor filtration or purification. Indoor air pollution is often worse because it’s more concentrated. This problem has been exacerbated by construction advancements, and the EPA now recognizes indoor air pollution among the greatest health risks facing Americans and links it to heart disease, COPD, lung cancer, and other serious illnesses. Poor air quality can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms. It can also cause issues in otherwise healthy people, including fatigue, insomnia, headaches, respiratory irritation, dry skin, and much more.

Signs You Need an Air Scrubber

Other Options to Improve IAQ

Installing a smart thermostat is one way to improve indoor air quality in your home, but we’ve found that achieving optimal air quality often requires a multipronged approach. Other solutions that we install include dehumidifiers, humidifiers, air filters, and air scrubbers.

Air Scrubber

An air scrubber is a device typically installed in HVAC ductwork. It uses ultraviolet light to eliminate many pollutants, including viruses, bacteria, gases, mold spores, dust, odors, and so forth. It also charges the air returning to your home, and those charged particles attract and neutralize surface contaminants.

Air Filter

An air filter can be a standalone system or integrated into your existing HVAC equipment. These systems will generally have a HEPA filter that can trap 99.97% or more of particles as small as 0.3 microns. Some products have additional stages, such as an activated carbon stage that extracts gases and odors from the air.

Humidifiers

Humidifiers help you maintain your ideal relative humidity by adding moisture to the air. This is particularly useful in winter because dry air is often a byproduct of heating your home. Optimal RH in winter makes you feel warmer at a lower temperature and helps avoid dry skin, mouth, nose, and eyes.

Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers help you maintain your ideal relative humidity by removing moisture from the air. This is particularly useful in summer when optimal RH makes it easier to breathe and get comfortable. A dehumidifier also reduces the workload on your air conditioner and helps to extend its lifespan.

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