Month: December 2015

Does and Orbit Thermostat Work With Your System?

Launching our new thermostats has been an adventure, to say the least.  We’re learning a lot about a new industry, but also bringing our unique expertise to usher in new improvements.  One of the most common questions we get is how a customer can tell if their HVAC system is compatible with our thermostats.

To begin with, Orbit thermostats are currently compatible with single stage heating and cooling systems.  This tends to be the most common setup in most homes in North America.  But how do you know if that’s what you’ve got in your home?

Thermostats tend to have a lot of wires with hard to understand names.  But here’s a simple chart that will help you tell if your HVAC system will work with our thermostats:

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Notice that if your system has a Y2 or W2 wire, then that indicated Orbit thermostats will not work with your system.

Similarly, systems with heat pumps, there are some wires that will indicate compatibility problems:

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The L, F, E and Aux wires signal incompatibility.

With each thermostat, there are also certain wires (listed in the diagrams above) where you should consult a professional HVAC technician.  Most of our customers, however, are able to install our thermostats without problems.  As always, if you have any questions, please contact us and we’re be happy to help.

Find the Optimal Temperature to Maximize Savings

Conservation can be great.  Not only is it great for the environment, but it can save you a lot of money if done correctly.  For example, most of our sprinkler timers come standard with a rain delay function, as well as water budgeting, to let you save water.

We’ve expanded our efforts at conservation into other arenas as well.  With the launch of our new line of thermostats, we let you take greater control over your home’s heating and cooling to reduce energy bills and live in comfort.

But just what temperature should you be setting your thermostat to for optimal comfort and savings?  Usually people set these devices to 70-72 degrees and let them run.  But the sweet spot is actually a little different.

During the colder months, the Department of Energy suggests you not exceed 68 degrees.  Even that small, two degree difference, can result in hundreds of dollars of savings over the course of a year depending on the size of your home.

In the summertime it’s suggested not to go lower than 75 (and even 78 if you can stand it) for sweet spot of comfort and savings.  And even if you prefer cooler temperatures, you should always set the thermostat to away mode when gone.

By purchasing a programmable thermostat the savings really start to build.  By letting your temps go up or down 10-15 degrees when you’re not home, all while using the power of the programmable thermostat to bring it back to correct temperature when you get home, you’ll see savings up to 15%.