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The Best Time of Year to Adjust Your Thermostat is Now

Winter, Spring Summer or Fall…🎶

Who doesn’t know this James Taylor song? It does not matter what season it is, adjusting your thermostat at least 4 x per year, to work with the season, is always a great idea.

Therefore, the best time to adjust your thermostat is… now!

Why Should You Adjust Your Thermostat?

As seasons change, so does the barometric pressure, average temperatures and humidity levels. Weather changes rapidly and seasonally. Even in South Carolina where the weather seems to always sway between warm, hot and super hot, it is important to adjust your thermostat according to the seasons.

Before you do, grab your utility bill!

You will want to know

  1. What your overall usage is (electric or propane – to cool and heat your home)
  2. Your monthly spent
  3. Who is always cold or warm in the house?
  4. Who in your household adjusts the thermostat most, and when?

Did you know that setting your thermostat at 1 or 2 degrees higher (in summer) and lower (in winter) can lower your overall utility cost? It’s important to understand what you are paying for!

 Whom to Adjust the Thermostat in Your Home For?

It might seem obvious, but here is a good guide to understanding who should adjust your thermostat, or to whom to look to adjust your thermostat. It is usually someone who spends a lot of time at home, or someone who is frail, old or sick!

  1. Stay-at-home-parent or work-from-home adult. The person who spends the MOST time at home should be considered.
  2. Infants and small children. If there are infants or kids in the home, what helps them regulate their temperature? Are they always complaining that they are hot or cold? Do they feel hot or cold after a nap? Are they asking for extra blankets or jackets?
  3. Older Adults. An elderly person might be cold in the winter due to bad circulation and get overheated due to their age in the summer.
  4. Obese family member. An overweight person in your household might also want to control the thermostat. It’s important they have a say in regulating the temperature in your home.
  5. Anyone with a chronic disease. If there is someone in your household who is taking medication for a chronic disease, please adjust your thermostat according to their needs.
  6. Pets. Pets can get overheated if the air conditioner is not adjusted for them. If you are not home, but your pet is home all day, make sure you know your pet is comfortable.

Keeping an eye on those at home in-real-time, with security cameras is a great way to assure the temperature is set right!

Things to Avoid When Adjusting the Thermostat in Your Home

Here are some things you should not do when it comes to adjusting your thermostat.

  • Ignore a broken thermostat
  • Ignore a broken heating and cooling system
  • Let guests fiddle with your thermostat
  • Set it too cold or too hot for the season just to try save a few dollars
  • Fail to adjust your thermostat when you go on vacation
  • Forget to adjust the thermostat for the next season
  • Never look at your utility bill
  • Ignore a higher-than-usual utility bill
  • Fail to service your heating and cooling system
  • Fail to change out filters to your system
  • Open windows and doors when the system is running

Automate To Dominate Your Home Thermostat Settings!

The BEST way to keep as many people in your household comfortable AND at the same time be energy efficient it to let smart technology help you out! Strand Security works with brands like URC and Honeywell who can take a lot of the guesswork out of this task. Use thermostat automation to dominate your home thermostat!

Adjust Your Thermostat Now

If you can’t remember the last time you checked your thermostat, do it today. Have a family meeting and involve everyone. Ask them how they feel and if they are ever hot or cold.

If your family can’t agree on a temperature that is ‘just right’ consider adding ceiling fans to bedrooms to cool off someone who is often hot, and buying robes and winter slippers for someone who is frequently cold!

Simple changes like that might make a big difference in the comfort you get at home.

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

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Celebrate the Earth: Celebrate Sustainability in Your Home

Earth Day is April 22, 2021

Did you know, Earth Day is celebrated all over the world on April 22, 2021 and has been since 1970?

From EarthDay.org:

“Earth Day 1970 gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet —

In the decades leading up to the first Earth Day, Americans were consuming vast amounts of leaded gas through massive and inefficient automobiles. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of the consequences from either the law or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. Until this point, mainstream America remained largely oblivious to environmental concerns and how a polluted environment threatens human health.

However, the stage was set for change with the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962. The book represented a watershed moment, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries as it raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and the inextricable links between pollution and public health.

Earth Day 1970 would come to provide a voice to this emerging environmental consciousness, and putting environmental concerns on the front page.”

How can you work towards a better earth, a cleaner environment and a more sustainable home?

In this article we look at several ways you can help and do you part in celebrating our most beautiful planet!

Recycling Household Waste

Recycling is easy! Separate plastic, glass, cans and other recyclable materials instead of adding it to your trash. It’s a simple action on your part, but has far-fetching consequences for our planet.

One other great way you can recycle is to start a compost pile. This is a win-win: your food scraps don’t end up in the trash and your garden will grow even better with fresh compost at the ready.

Interested in learning more?

Click these links:
Household Recycling Tips
Composing Tips

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Grow a Vegetable Garden

Growing some of your own food is a great way to help out the earth! Eating locally grown and sourced foods (i.e in your backyard) reduced the footprint of your food. No transportation costs, no fossil fuel burnt, no cost for keeping food fresh for a prolonged period of time!

Growing even just a few of your vegetables make you a friendlier consumer!

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Use Smarthome Technology + Honeywell Temperature Controls

Keeping your home warm, or cold during winter and summer can be a challenge, and can cost energy and money.

We’ve located an excellent article about ideal room temperature.

As you can see from this chart, besides reducing the carbon footprint, you also save money and live a healthier life when changing the setting on your thermostat!

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Smarthome technology can help set and keep your home at the ideal temperature, no matter what season we are in. Let us know how we can help you  install a system to reduce your carbon footprint, saves money and is better for your health!

Select Energy Efficient Appliances and Electronics

Another great way to reduce your carbon footprint: use less water, less electricity and save money is to purchase energy efficient appliances and electronics.

This would include the following appliances and electronics in your home: refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, faucet aerator, washing machines, dryers, showerheads, toilets, ceiling fans, water heater and furnace.

If you are considering building a new home, start with this Energy-Efficient Home Makeover Guide.

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Install Energy Efficient Lighting

Last but not least, install energy efficient lighting!

“Simply, energy efficient lighting can save the electricity while maintaining good quality and quantity of the light. Energy efficient lighting involves in replacement (or re-lamping) of traditional lamps (such as incandescent lamps) with that of energy efficient such as fluorescent lamps, CFL lamps and LED lamps.”

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Create and Celebrate Sustainability in your Home!

If you live in the Myrtle Beach area, or anywhere in Horry County or Georgetown County in South Carolina, give us a call and let us help you help our earth! We are ready for your call!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

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