Is a Nest Thermostat Right for Your Home?

Have you ever imagined controlling the temperature in your home from a completely different place? What about saving money on your energy bill? Is that something that appeals to you? If so, then the Nest Thermostat might be right for your home. This innovative thermostat system can help you save on your energy costs while also providing convenience on an entirely new level.  For most people in Savannah, NEST thermostats are a great fit.

NEST Thermostat

What is the Nest Thermostat?

Nest Thermostat is an innovative programmable thermostat that helps you manage the temperature in your home with precision. Traditional thermostats are complicated and nearly ancient in their design, making it close to impossible to use them. In fact, most US consumers don’t, simply because they aren’t familiar with how to program them. This fact inspired the Nest team to come up with something that was both convenient and excellent for managing energy usage. They successfully created a product that allows people to use it from virtually anywhere all with built-in Wi-Fi technology.  Read more about the NEST thermostat from the NEST website.

How it Works

Based on smart technology, the Nest doesn’t require you to program it at all. Instead, simply install the thermostat onto your current control panel, and then set it for the temperature you prefer. Adjust it accordingly throughout the day, and overtime it learns your patterns and habits. Once it does, it will adjust the temperature accordingly. You still have complete control over your settings, but if you run off to work without setting your unit, it will automatically do it for you.

Another cool feature with the Nest is its leaf feature. This allows you to adjust the temperature for a certain time period. The automatic timer is easy to manipulate for whatever time you prefer, and once the timer rolls out the unit will shut off. Pretty cool, right?

It also moves with the season changes adjusting when necessary. You can easily turn it off or on via your mobile device, which makes for even greater convenience say should you leave in a huge rush in the morning. This thing never stops learning and is built to learn from you, ensuring you are always comfortable in your home without ever looking at your thermostat.

Is it Right for Your Home?

If you like convenience, want to save money on your energy bills, and are ready for a change then the Nest Thermostat might be right for you. If you’re worried it won’t fit your home, then you can easily use the company’s compatibility app to see if your wiring and system will work with the Nest’s technology. Once you decide to use the Nest Thermostat, the app will continue to work for you by telling you which wires to connect. In other words, you get support along with an advanced piece of technology.

Why program your thermostat when you don’t have to? The Nest does that and so much more for you. If you want to keep cool (or warm) and save money, then yes this advanced thermostat is right for your home.

5 Warning Signs that Your Air Conditioner May Be on the Fritz

Broken Air Conditioner
Photo by Maegan Tintari

In Savannah, air conditioners are as important as, well, they’re REALLY important. Nothing is more soothing then hearing the hum of your home air conditioner on a hot summer day. But should that soothing sound no longer come from your air conditioner you cannot help but feel an overwhelming sense of dread. Not only will you dread the few days you’ll have to wait for a repair man to make it to your home, but you’ll also dread the repair bill.

If your AC is giving you grief, it is a telltale sign that it’s about to give up altogether. To prevent that from happening you have to know what signs to look for. Consider the following five expert warning signs your AC is about to give up down below.

  1. Your fan doesn’t work.

The auto switch and central air system are connected on your control panel, and if your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be blowing cold air or if you’re worried it isn’t working then switch your power to ‘fan’. If the fan begins to blow then you know your AC is getting the power it needs to keep your home cool. If the fan doesn’t blow then you could have a blower problem.

  1. There is no power going to your unit.

When the AC doesn’t turn on your initial reaction is to think the worst—that it is completely broken. However, that might not be true. Before you call a repair specialist, check your electrical panel. If any of the switches on your panel are moved to the center position then you could have simply tripped a switch. Turn them on and off to see if that helps.

  1. Check your controls.

Your thermostat directs the air quality in your home. One of the simplest and most straightforward solutions to ‘none-working’ air conditioners is your controls. There could be an off chance that your ‘broken’ ac is actually just a thermostat that is switched to off. Don’t hesitate to check that out first before you call anyone.

  1. Your air conditioner runs more than it should.

If it’s not unnecessarily hot outside, and your AC seems to run constantly, than it could very well be on the Fritz. Your air conditioner should not have to blow constantly to keep your indoor temperatures at comfortable levels. If find yourself constantly listening to your blower than you may have a problem with your unit. It’s one of the most common signs of a breaking down AC.

  1. It’s nosier than it used to be.

Air conditioner’s aren’t built to be noisy and distracting. In fact, one of the biggest selling points for AC is that they are much quieter than window units are. If your unit has gotten increasingly loud, then your unit could be on the fritz. A fan belt that isn’t working could be the problem, but unless your 100% certain, you should give a repair specialist a call.

Everyone wants to keep cool during the hot summer season, but if your AC goes out you’ll be lost in a pool of sweat. Keep on the lookout for these five warning signs to stay cool all year long.

5 Things that Can Break if You Don’t Get Your HVAC serviced Regularly

HVACNo one likes to deal with repairs or even maintenance on their HVAC system, but the reality is if you fail to get check-ups you could very well end up with a bigger bill down the line. In fact, the likelihood of your unit breaking down if you don’t get it serviced is very real indeed.

Down below we take a closer look at which parts will break down if you don’t get your HVAC serviced on a regular basis. Here are the five most common things that will break in your home unit if you opt to not have your HVAC serviced on a regularly recommended schedule.

  1. Poor Ventilation

Your ventilation system relies heavily on constant maintenance of your unit. A dirty filter can quickly turn into a serious air quality problem if left untreated. The longer that air filter stays clogged, the greater likelihood of your entire unit being effected. This could even eventually lead to total unit failure. The only way to manage this is through preventative maintenance.

  1. Belt breakage

As your HVAC unit ages, things such as belts wear down and can eventually break down your motor and leave your unit ineffective. If a belt breaks or a motor component locks up, you’ll end up calling a repair person to come cure your issue. However, if you choose maintenance your costs will be far lower than if and when your parts break. Technicians are much more aware of any issues that your HVAC may have and can help guide you towards the best maintenance care.

  1. Blower Motor

A blower motor that is broken down due to a broken belt or bearings, can lead to a complete breakdown of the unit. The blower motor effects your entire unit and can also reduce your airflow dramatically. Often that is the first symptom of this issue. With a quick check-up, however, a technician can identify the problem and get it back to working in no time.

  1. Condensation drain leakage or breakage

When your condensation drain is broken, backed up, or simply not flowing properly the result can be catastrophic. If the drain is clogged, you can fully expect your unit to run poorly and fail to restart on its own. Humidity extraction is a critical component to any efficient air conditioner system. Maintenance can effectively reduce or prevent any serious issues from arising. Without getting the right assistance, however, the broken down drain can create a more serious problem that eventually leads to a broken unit.

  1. Refrigerant Line

If your refrigerant line is not insulated or poorly insulated it can result in a frozen unit. This line runs from the outside of your unit into your home, and is crucial to ensuring your home stays cool during those hot summer days. Any missing or damaged insulation needs to be repaired quickly to keep your unit in check. Regular maintenance can prevent any damage by ensuring your unit is properly insulated.

The good news is that regular inspections can prevent any of the issues mentioned above, thereby preventing any expensive repair costs.


5 Ways the Nest Thermostat Saves You Money on Energy Costs

Nest Thermostat

The Nest Thermostat is one of the most advanced pieces of technology to be released in years. This nifty, yet effective device can help you save money on your energy costs and give you the peace of mind knowing your AC/Heating system is functioning properly.  McCalls has been installing NEST thermostats in Savannah for years.  Call us for any help or information.  In the meantime here’s more information to help you make the right choice in buying a programmable thermostat.

Here are five ways The Nest can help you save some serious cash.

  1. It works with you to set the temperature

Unlike other conventional thermostats, the Nest Thermostat is unique in that it follows your setting patterns to develop its own. In other words, when you first install the device you will set the temperature first and then the unit will follow your pattern over the course of a week. You don’t need to set it after that point. The device even learns your seasonal patterns, thereby staying accurate all year long.

  1. Automatic Temperature Adjustment

The Nest Learning Thermostat turns itself down automatically when it ‘senses’ you aren’t in your home. When you have an unexpected errand to run, an appointment you thought would be much briefer than it turned out to be, or simply decided to go out for dinner instead of staying in the Nest will automatically adjust your temperature. This saves you money when you would otherwise completely ignore your system. This worry-free no-brainer thermostat makes it easy to save money on your energy bill.

  1. Through Wireless Controls

If you head out for a vacation or have an unexpected trip and want to adjust your temperature the Nest lets you do it! If you own a smart phone, you can adjust your thermostat from it simply by downloading the app. With greater control comes a lower energy bill as well.

  1. With a Helpful ‘Leaf’ Icon

According to experts, changing your temperature by just one degree can reduce your energy usage by 5% overtime. Thanks to the easy to spot ‘Leaf’ Icon and setting from the Nest, you can automatically save energy by following its temperature suggestions. This pre-programmed adjustment gives you the ability to make smarter decisions without ever researching the right way to go about it. Built into this system is this fantastic feature, giving you peace of mind knowing you’re saving money.

  1. Through Awareness

Most of us simply aren’t aware of just how much energy we expend every single day. With the Nest you can sign up to receive email updates notifying you of your energy expenditure. By simply being aware of that expenditure, you can greatly reduce your energy consumption and take proactive steps to reduce it even more. You would be amazed how much damage a degree or two can do to your energy costs, which can leave you wanting to take action.

As you can see, the Nest Thermostat offers a variety of ways to save money on your energy costs. Even if you’re not fully aware of how much you are spending now, the Nest can help you decipher that difference and give you greater awareness of your situation. Who wouldn’t want this device in their home.