With all the things that smart phones, tablets, etc. can control these days, your thermostat is another one to add to the list. Besides the cool factor, it’s a money-saving energy efficient way to run your home as well. Currently there are some rebates available from our local utility companies which will help offset the initial purchase price.
The Honeywell Prestige thermostat, the Nest and the Ecobee thermostats all have a full-color display and a self-monitoring system that tells you when action is needed. You can receive email alerts for problems or reminders for filter replacement. Some of the models even have “dry contacts” that allow us to get advanced warning of sump pump failure or water leaks.
These smart thermostats can also calculate how long it takes to heat or cool your home. Remote access allows you to change, monitor or override those pre-set temperatures or times. As our world become more tech-savvy, don’t let your thermostat fall behind!
This time our subject is electric generators. What happens when there is a power outage because of a storm? You lose power, sometimes that can be for a few hours and sometimes it can be for a few days. The food in your refrigerator and freezer will be fine for about 7-10 hours, but after that it’s a total loss. You also do not have power for your sump pump or other equipment your home needs to function properly.
Generators come in different sizes, which are based on what your needs are during a power outage. There are small sizes which will power only a few small circuits or larger sizes that can power your whole house. The most common things to power are your furnace, air conditioner, refrigerator and sump pump. It is very important to determine what your needs are before any systems are installed.