The past decade or so has brought a boon of welcome innovations to make everyday life a little easier: automatic delivery of household goods, weather alerts on our smartphones and keyless-entry car doors, to name just a few. The heating and air conditioning industry might not seem as exciting as the latest voice-operated gizmo, but manufacturers have been hard at work developing new technologies as well. If you're still relying on a generic thermostat from the last century to manage the heating and cooling in your Charleston, S.C., home, it's time to take a fresh look at today's feature-rich thermostats from Carrier and Myatt & Bates Heating and Air Heating and Air.
Total Heating and Cooling Control With an Edge
The Performance Edge programmable thermostat line from Carrier is compact, sleek and subtle to suit any home decor. The interface is intuitive, even for those who have little experience programming a thermostat. Additional thermostat features include:
- Management for an integrated dehumidifier. It's a great way to prevent moisture from gaining a foothold in your coastal South Carolina home.
- Support for ultra-efficient Hybrid Heat dual fuel systems.
- Handy display of outdoor temperatures with an included sensor.
- Immediate control over your home's indoor temperature from anywhere, with a smartphone app upgrade.
Boost Your A/C and Heating Efficiency
Shave up to 10 percent from your heating and cooling bills by installing and using a programmable thermostat to set back temperatures seven to 10 degrees, recommends the U.S. Department of Energy. Edge thermostats have 7-day and 5/2 programming options for greater flexibility. Setup is available using the touchscreen on the thermostat or by moving the memory card to your PC for access to additional information.