A Profile of ecobee Smart Thermostats

July 20, 2020

Ecobee smart thermostats come in a range of models designed with features to give you control over your home comfort from anywhere and help to save money on your energy bills. These models include the ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control and ecobee3 lite. Both come with several features that make your life easier. Here’s what to know about ecobee smart thermostats and how to get the most out of them. Why Buy an ecobee? An ecobee thermostat can save you around 23% on your annual energy costs compared to keeping your house at a constant 72 degrees. It learns the patterns of your home comfort behaviors and doesn’t heat or cool it as much when nobody is around. You can control an Ecobee with an iOS or Android device, and it’s compatible with Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT. ecobee SmartSensor ecobee comes packaged with the company’s innovative SmartSensor, which senses both room temperature and occupancy levels. With SmartSensor, you can control your home’s thermostat based on a particular area. Or you can connect to multiple SmartSensors (sold separately)—one for each room if you like—and set an average temperature for your home, helping alleviate hot or...

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A Profile of Nest Learning Thermostats

June 20, 2020

Gaining greater control over home energy usage is worthwhile goal for virtually every homeowner. Maintaining a comfortable climate inside the home is one of the most costly aspects of energy usage here in South Central Texas. It’s not unusual for electric bills in this region to be made up of 50% in heating and cooling charges. That makes the cost-effective usage of your HVAC system one of the most important aspects of home-energy efficiency. Here’s one piece of technology that can enable you to take greater control of heating-and-cooling energy usage: the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Nest Learning Thermostat and Energy Savings The Nest Learning Thermostat can help help significantly reduce energy costs around your house. While you can certainly control this thermostat manually, the primary advantage of the Nest lies in its name: “Learning.” The Nest has the brains to learn from the way you use it in regulating the temperature inside your home. From the time you connect it to your AC/heating system and turn it on, it begins cataloguing your usage and using that information to save you every penny possible in heating and cooling costs. After the first few days of “learning” your usage habits, the...

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Five Tips for Extending the Life of Your HVAC System

October 10, 2019

GVEC Home has been providing HVAC services for more than five decades to Gonzales, Schertz, Seguin, La Vernia, Cuero and beyond. Here are five important recommendations we make to our residential clients to help them get the most out of their AC/heating systems. 1. Get Seasonal Tune-Ups We cannot stress enough how important seasonal tune-ups are to the long-term health of your system. GVEC Home recommends two AC/heating tune-ups each year. Our Comfort Check® AC and heating maintenance plan fits the bill, with two tune-ups per year—one in spring and one in fall. These two checkups provide a range of routine maintenance and inspections for your system and are extremely cost-effective. Our seasonal checkups are designed to spot and resolve smaller AC/heating issues before they grow into full-blown problems that are expensive to correct. This helps increase the lifespan and dependability of your system. Plus, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that regular maintenance can save between 5 and 10 percent on annual heating and cooling costs. And if you’re not interested in investing in a long-term maintenance-plan contract, GVEC Home also offers a one-time Check-N-Save visit, which provides the same basic tune-up for your system without a long-term commitment....

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