Frigid temperatures and snowfall will be here before you know it. That makes now the ideal time to turn your Glenview, Illinois, home into a cozy oasis. From setting a heating schedule to managing indoor air quality, follow these steps to optimize your smart thermostat for winter:

Set a Heating Schedule

When you switch your HVAC system from cool to heat, take time to set an efficient heating schedule. At Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend setting the thermostat to 68 degrees when your family is at home and awake to enjoy the warmth.

When you’re at work and the kids are at school, dial back the temperature by 8 to 10 degrees. Set the thermostat to about 58 degrees overnight, too.

By doing this, you’ll save up to 10 percent a year on your utility bill. You’ll also help your HVAC system run smoothly for as long as possible, since you’ll be giving it a break for at least eight hours a day. After all, your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard when your home’s indoor temperature is closer to the temperature outside.

While you can adjust the temperature to stay warm during the winter, resist the temptation to make frequent manual changes. Instead, program your family’s optimal heating schedule into a Côr Wi-Fi Thermostat ahead of time. Then sit back and relax as your HVAC system automatically keeps you comfortable all winter long.

Optimize HVAC Zoning

If you’ve already invested in HVAC zoning, which divides your home into two or more temperature zones, you’re already well on your way to optimal comfort during the winter.

With a smart thermostat like the Infinity Remote Access Touch Control, you can control every HVAC zone in your home from one central location. This smart device can handle up to eight zones. It even offers a custom naming option. You don’t have to walk over to the thermostat to adjust the settings for each zone, though. Just log in to the smartphone app and make adjustments on the go.

Monitor Energy Usage

Winter is the prime time for decreasing your household energy consumption, and your smart thermostat can help. Most smart devices allow you to track your energy usage, so you can easily spot patterns.

Check your smart thermostat’s energy reports at least once a month. You’ll easily identify days of the week or certain times of day when your family’s energy consumption spikes. Use what you’ve learned to reprogram your smart thermostat and keep your energy usage as low as possible.

Manage Indoor Air Quality

When the temperature falls below freezing, your family is more likely to spend additional time indoors. If you struggle with any lingering indoor air quality issues at home, such as low humidity, dust or mold, this is the time to address them.

Fortunately, your smart thermostat can help. The Côr Wi-Fi thermostat can manage your home’s humidity level for optimal health and comfort, while the Infinity Remote Touch Access Control can monitor humidity, ventilation and other indoor air quality add-ons.

Stay On Top of Reminders

A smart thermostat can do more than just keep you comfortable and help you save energy. These handy devices can also ensure that you never forget a maintenance appointment and always replace the air filter on time. Some thermostats will even remind you when it’s time to check the humidifier or replace the bulb in your ultraviolet (UV) lamp.

To make sure your smart thermostat helps your HVAC system maintain optimal energy efficiency, set the device to issue reminders based on system run-time. That way, you’ll get the most out of every component without running into efficiency issues.

Whether you need a hand with optimizing your smart thermostat or you’re in the market for a device with more bells and whistles, our team is at your service. Contact Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning for all your HVAC needs at 847-272-5836.

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