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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Trane XL824 Thermostat vs Trane XL950 thermostat

We have been getting tons of calls from customers asking us what the difference is between the new Trane XL824 thermostat and the XL950 thermostat.  There are only Four major differences between the to thermostats.

First-  The XL950 has a 7.5 inch screen and the XL824 has a 4.2 inch screen

Second- the XL950 has a SD slot so you can make it into a digital picture frame.  The XL824 does not have a SD slot

Third- The XL950 is communicating and needs a 24 volt board to work with most hvac systems.  The XL824 is 5 wire 24 volt and has up to 3 heat and 2 cool.  Also has a common slot which is great.

Fourth- The XL824 has a built in bridge and can have up to 200 Nexia products where the XL950 would need a separate Nexia module.

Both thermostat have the same settings and background color.  They both have the option to have the 7 day forecast available and the large digital numbers which makes it easy to see.  The XL824 and XL850 (which is the communicating model) is truly a  awesome thermostat.  If you are looking to have Nexia products then the XL824 and XL850 series is the thermostat for you.

Here is some information on the Nexia service that everyone keeps asking about. If you have a thermostat and bridge then there is no cost to use the online portal and app to control temperature.  If you have other Nexia product like camera and door lock then there is a monthly charge.  


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

TRANE 14 SEER SALES EVENTS STARTS TODAY

Frigid air is happy to announce that we started the Trane 2 week only sales event.  This promotion starts May 5th and will end on May 19th.

 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Trane's new XL824 thermostat with built in home intelligence bridge.

In One more week will be ready to start offering customers the new Trane XL824 thermostat.  This thermostat is awesome!  It has a 4.3 inch touch screen and a built in home intelligence bridge.  The XL824 can control over 200 z-wave products throughout your home from any internet computer, smartphone or tablet.  The new thermostat is designed to work on all standard HVAC systems and can alert homeowners if the systems isn't working properly.  As a result, consumers can rectify issues remotely,giving residents peace of mind and ultimate operational efficiency. 

We had the chance to install the thermostat on are office and try it out.  It was easy to install and set up.  The best thing about this thermostats is the built in bridge.  All you have to do is go to the set up app and enter the WPI address and you were instantly connected.  No more finding a cord and connecting a bridge to the router and  then holding the button next to the thermostat.  I also liked the fact that this thermostat does not need a 24 control board like the XL950.  This thermostat is 24 volt and has a common terminal which is a plus.   






Monday, January 13, 2014

When was the last time you had your system maintenance? This homeowner told us 5 years and we believe him!

Today we got a phone call from a new customers that wanted a maintenance done on 2 heat pump split systems.  They let us know over the phone that the systems have never been maintenance and might need to be cleaned.  The pictures below show what can happen if you don't have your systems check at least once every year. 



We got to the house and did a quick walk-through.  As we were walking up the stairs we noticed that the outside of the return grill was covered in dust.  As we opened the return grill we were amazed to see how bad the filters were.  

We asked the homeowner when the last time he changed the filters were and he said, I never new there were filters in that grill. We ask him when they moved in the house and he replied, 5 years.  WOW 5 years.  We asked how much his a/c bill was in the summer and he said $675.  Again WOW.  This homeowner's bill in the summer should be no more than $400.  


 After replacing the filters we decided to go outback to see were the condensers were.  As we turned the corner I was stunned at what I saw.  Yes there are 2 condenser next to me. The homeowner said he didn't like the way the condensers looked and that the weeds make the systems less noisy. For a minute we though he was series, but he laughed and said he was just lazy.

 3 hrs later we were finally done with the maintenance.  We changed the filters in the house, cleaned all the weeds away from the condensers, cleaned both indoor and outdoor coils that were covered with hardened dust and checked system operation.  The homeowner was amazed on how much air was coming out of the registers.  The homeowner can finally be comfortable in the house and start saving money on there a/c bills

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nexia home intelligence

Home Connection Away From Home

All the control of your home is at your fingertips, from anywhere, with a web-enabled computer, tablet or smartphone. With Nexia™ Home Intelligence, you can build your own home automation system. With products like the Trane ComfortLink™ control with the Schlage® Home Keypad Deadbolt and Schlage® Home Dimmer Module, you have the ability to:
  • Control temperature settings and manage energy use
  • Allow entry to your home through the Schlage® Home Keypad even when you’re not there.
  • Assign up to 19 private four-digit codes for family members
  • Receive instant texts and email alerts when codes are used
  • Set recurring codes for housekeepers or frequent guests
  • Add, delete or change user codes remotely
  • Confirm the status of your wireless lock from anywhere
  • Program lights to turn on/off at different times of the day
  • Schedule your lights to turn on when lock code is entered


Smart Home Energy Management

The ComfortLink™ and ComfortLink™ II controls, when working with a matched Trane system, are designed to work in harmony with Nexia™ Home Intelligence components, optimizing your energy use over time. And remote access lets you manage your home’s efficiency from anywhere at any time.

Smart Home Security

Secure, monitor and control all the important functions of your home with the Schlage® Home Security Kit, which includes:

    Schlage® Home Keypad
  • Non-wearing keypad, lighted for night use
  • No wiring required, 3-year battery life
  • ANSI Grade 2 Certified

  • Nexia™ Bridge
  • Securely connects your home to your mobile phone app and web portal
  • Connects to your home router
  • Communicates wirelessly with up to 232 compatible devices in the home

  • Schlage® Home Dimmer Module
  • Turns lights on and off
  • Contains one Z-Wave® and one pass-through outlet
  • Extends the range of the wireless network within the home