The Right Thermostat for Your Home

 

A programmable thermostat allows you to create and maintain preprogrammed settings for hours and days of the week. This applies for when you are home, away at work, or even vacation. By having the temperature in you home programed based on when you are home or at work, you can save money on monthly energy bills. You can program the thermostat to turn on an hour before you arrive home, so you can come home to comfort.

 

Programmable thermostats are different from non-programmable thermostats because they can adjust to the temperature in your home at different times of the day, or days of the week without you having to be there. Many models also come with additional features like backlit displays, touch pad, or voice programming for the thermostat. Some also include indicators that let you know when it is time to change the air filters.

 

Programmable thermostats have become popular because of their ability to save on the cost of energy. The thermostats can also automatically store settings and repeat the settings each day. The thermostat can still be manually set, and override the pre-set program when needed. Programmable thermostats can have your HVAC system operate less frequently. It will also result in consuming less energy and creating lower utility bills because energy will only be produced when it is needed.

 

Programmable thermostats come with the ability to program the temperature in your home, based on your schedule. Typically, there are three different models of programmable thermostats you can choose between for your home.

 

The 7-day models are best if your schedule is different each day of the week. This type offers the most flexibility because different temperature setting can be programmed for each day of the week. If the hours in your home vary each day, this model may be the best for your home.

 

The 5-2-day models allow you to program the temperature settings so they are consistent during the weekdays. A second program setting is for Saturday and Sunday. This way you can control the temperature differently during the week and weekend.

 

The 5-1-1 models are best used if your weekday schedule is consistent, and typically Saturdays and Sundays are different. You can always override the preprogrammed system to ensure that your home is at a temperature you want it to be at.

 

 

Why Cleaning the Ductwork is Important

 

 

You should consider having the air ducts in your home cleaned if you notice visible mold growth inside hard surface ducts or on other components of your heating and cooling system. Many sections of your heating and cooling system may not be accessible for a visible inspection, so ask the service provider to show you any mold they say exists. Also notice if the ducts are infested with vermin, rodents, or insects. Ducts are clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris or particles are actually released into the home from your supply registers.

What is Air Duct Cleaning?

Most people are now aware that indoor air pollution is an issue of growing concern and increased visibility. If not properly installed, maintained and operated, these components may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. If moisture is present, the potential for mold growth is increased and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them. Failure to clean a component of a contaminated system can result in re-contamination of the entire system, thus negating any potential benefits.

How to Prevent Duct Contamination

Whether or not you decide to have the air ducts in your home cleaned, committing to a good preventive maintenance program is essential to minimize duct contamination.

To prevent dirt from entering the system:

Use the highest efficiency air filter recommended by the manufacturer of your heating and cooling system. Also remember to change filters regularly. If your filters become clogged, change them more frequently. Be sure you do not have any missing filters and that air cannot bypass filters through gaps around the filter holder.

During construction or renovation work that produces dust in your home, seal off supply and return registers and do not operate the heating and cooling system until after cleaning up the dust. Remove dust and vacuum your home regularly. (Use a high efficiency vacuum cleaner or the highest efficiency filter bags your vacuum cleaner can take. Vacuuming can increase the amount of dust in the air during and after vacuuming as well as in your ducts).

If you need to have the ductwork cleaned in your home, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the system, and schedule a cleaning. This can help the air in your home to be clean, as well as having an efficient furnace.

Reasons why you should Not Ignore Furnace Maintenance

 

Keeping your home warm and comfortable is important. To accomplish this, you should make sure that your HVAC system is inspected on a regular basis.
If you are not taking proper care of your furnace, the air filter becomes damaged and will produce poor and sometimes harmful air in your home. Because furnaces can clog, and clog quickly, dust, debris, and noxious mold can accumulate and cause serious harm to the air. If your filter cannot keep unwanted particles out any longer, the furnace and duct will have these airborne particles building up and infecting your home. When you ignore your heating and cooling systems for too long, there will be much worse consequences than just dust particles in the air. Over time, system neglect will make your home susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning. This poison is both odorless and colorless, so it’s extremely difficult to identify and can pose a serious and potentially deadly threat in your home.
No one wants to live in an uncomfortable home, but that’s unavoidable once your furnace dies. If you notice anything out of the norm with the HVAC system, make sure to contact us. This can help to prevent any further issues with the unit. It can also reduce the chance of a costly repair bill in the long run. If you are not sure how often the filters should be inspected or changed, we can also advise you on a schedule for them. This will help to capture the dirt and dust in the air of your home, keeping the air quality the best that it can be.

If the HVAC system is starting to wear out, you will be money ahead by purchasing a new one. This will reduce the amount of frequent repairs that would otherwise be needed on your old system. If you are not sure what system would be beneficial for your home, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct unit.

The Difference between a Furnace, Heater, and Boiler

 

In the middle of this frigid winter, you may wonder what device is causing your living room to maintain that comfortable 72 degree temperature. Most homes are equipped with a central heating system, though the parts that make up that heating system can be a bit confusing.

Heaters

 

A heater is really just a catch-all term for a device that heats up an environment. Central heating units tend to have a location for the heating device, be it in a machine room or attic or basement, where the heat is created and distributed throughout the building. These are quite common in most houses, apartment complexes, and commercial buildings.

A central heating system uses some form of energy combustion or release, be it from a furnace or furnace and boiler combination. Essentially, a furnace or boiler is the mechanism that produces the heat that your central heating system will then distribute to keep your home warm.

Furnaces

The first furnaces were stone or clay structures that used coal and/or wood to create intense heat. These furnaces were primarily used for ceramic work, such as with kilns, and smelting ore to create metal objects, tools, and materials. They are still the primary appliance in industrial metal production.

Modern day home furnaces tend to run off gas or electricity or induction (a reaction of electricity and metal to create heat). They are much safer and contained than their older counterparts, are the cornerstone for most modern central heating units, producing high amounts of heat that feed into a ventilation system and flow throughout all of the connected rooms.

Small furnaces, usually electrical, are often attached to boilers and water heaters to apply the necessary energy in order to give us hot showers and scalding sink faucets, or even to circulate heat from the boiler to heat our home.

Boilers

Often a smaller gas or electrical furnace is attached to the boiler, heats the water, and once the water has hit its boiling point, the heat is distributed through a series of pipes and ducts that make up your central heating system. This process is also applied to your water heater providing the warm water you need for washing clothes and dishes. Using a boiler can eliminate the need to have a separate traditional central heating system and hot water heater, and are highly efficient due to the fact that the steam is in a closed loop that recycles steam back into water to be boiled again.

Keeping your Home Warm and Comfortable in the Winter

To help improve your overall home comfort this winter, make sure that the furnace system is operating efficiently. This not only provides warmth, and a comfortable home, but it will also make for a pleasant home for you and your family. By improving your heating system in your home, you can also improve the air quality as well.

 

There are many types and sizes of air cleaners on the market. These can range from relatively inexpensive small models to sophisticated and expensive whole-house systems. Some air cleaners are highly effective at particle removal, while others, including smaller models, are less effective. Air cleaners are generally not designed to remove gaseous pollutants.

 

The effectiveness of an air cleaner depends on how well it collects pollutants from indoor air and how much air it draws through the cleaning or filtering element. A very efficient collector with a low air-circulation rate will not be effective, nor will a cleaner with a high air-circulation rate but a less efficient collector. The long-term performance of any air cleaner depends on maintaining it according to the manufacturer’s directions. Another important factor in determining the effectiveness of an air cleaner is the strength of the pollutant source. Small air cleaners, in particular, may not remove satisfactory amounts of pollutants from strong nearby sources. People with sensitivity to particular sources may find that air cleaners are helpful only in conjunction with concerted efforts to remove the source.

 

To help improve the efficiency of the heating system, it is recommended to check the air filter on a regular basis. When it is recommended, make sure to change the filter. If you are not sure how often this should be done, we can advise you on a schedule. The air filter is important because it will capture dirt and pollutants that are in the air of your home. Over time, the filter will become clogged with the dirt. This will prevent proper air flow to the furnace and heating ducts. By having a clean air filter, you can help improve the warmth and comfort of your home.

 

The most important thing you can do for the air quality in your home is to have the heating system maintained on a regular basis. This will help to ensure the parts are working efficiently and effectively with one another. If you notice an issue between regular visits, make sure to contact us. This can provide a warm and comfortable place to be in while the weather outside is cold.

 

Why you should have the Proper Humidity in your Home

 

When you are in your home, you will want to be as comfortable as possible. You will also want the air quality to be the best it can be. Part of this includes making sure the humidity level is at the proper amount.

If the air is too dry in your home it can cause dry and irritated skin. It can also result in annoying static electricity and shocks. If you are not sure how much humidity should be in your home, make sure to contact us. We can advise you to what the proper amount should be, as well as recommend a humidifier that would be beneficial to your home.

Once the heat is turned on, skin will start to dry out. Managing proper humidity levels in your home can not only make you more comfortable by reducing dry throats, but it can help your skin stay healthy, too. Adding humidity to a dry home can be quite easy. Use a stand-alone, cool mist humidifier or a whole home humidifier. Make sure you clean them regularly to ensure germs or bacteria do not start to grow. Also check that they are set to the right level of humidity. This will help to avoid condensation on the windows in your home.

By having a humidifier in your home, you can help to improve your overall health and wellness. You will notice that dry skin will decrease, as well as an irritated dry throat. With the proper air quality in your home, you will also notice it is easier to breathe. Allergy and asthma chances will decrease as well. If you notice allergies are becoming more common, have the air quality in your home inspected. We can advise you on the options, and recommend an air purifier, humidifier, or if another unit would be needed in your home.

 

The best way to have good quality air in your home is to make sure the furnace is maintained on a regular basis. If you start to notice an issue forming, make sure we are contacted so the issue can be resolved. Between visits, make sure that you check the air filter on a regular basis. Over time the filter will become clogged with dirt and dust. By checking it regularly and replacing it when necessary, you can help to save money in the long run. Along with inspecting the furnace, make sure that you check the humidifier for any maintenance that it might need. Having the humidifier inspected can help to ensure it is providing the proper amount of humidity needed for your home.

The Filter for your Furnace

 

 

The filter is an important part of the furnace. Without a filter, the life of the furnace will be significantly reduced. It will cause parts to becoming worn out sooner than they should. This is because the dirt and debris will cover the interior of the heating system. It will also result in poor quality air being distributed throughout your home from the ductwork. The filter is designed to capture and trap any dirt, debris, or pollutants that are in the air. This helps to prevent these harmful contaminants from going through the heating system. It is recommended to never run the furnace without a filter in it.

 

Since the filter captures the pollutants and dirt that are in the air, it is important to inspect the filter on a regular basis. The filter of the heating system should be kept as clean as possible. When inspecting the filter, make sure to clean it off as best you can. Also check when it is recommended to change the filter. Over time, the filter will become so clogged that it will not be able to allow the air through efficiently. When this happens, a replacement of a new filter will be needed. If you are unsure how often the filter should be changed, we can help to recommend a schedule for you.

 

By investing in a good quality filter and inspecting it regularly, you can help to improve the quality of air in your home. The filter will capture the dirt and pollutants to avoid them going through the ductwork. This will also prevent the debris from being blown out through the registers and vents in the home. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, make sure to inspect and change the filter regularly. Having the filter replaced regularly can improve the air quality in your home, as well as making it more enjoyable to be in.

The Importance of Regular Inspections

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Staying warm and comfortable this fall and winter is important. Make sure to have the furnace, ductwork, and thermostat inspected. This way you can ensure all the HVAC parts and components are working efficiently for the upcoming winter. If you ever notice any issues or problems with the furnace, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. By fixing the issue at the first sign, you can help reduce problems in the long run, as well as a costly repair bill.

When the seasons change, it is the best time to get heating and cooling systems maintained. Shifting from cool air to warm air can put a strain on the system. A heating system that has gone unused for months could have hidden issues that become major problems if they are not addressed. Since the furnace has not been used in a few months, parts and components may be worn out or need to be replaced. It is better to find that information out now, before you really do need the furnace to work.

By having the furnace and ductwork inspected, you can help prevent costly monthly repair bills. This is because the part can be fixed before it becomes worse or causes other parts to fail as well. Inspect the air filters for the HVAC unit at least once a month. This can help increase the performance by ensuring the air is not being forced through dirty ducts. Dirty filters can cause pollutants to be circulated throughout a home. Also make sure that the ductwork and vents are inspected for any blockages or obstructions. Warm air that is trying to circulate in a room may be blocked by furniture or other household items. Not only would this prevent a home from warming up, but also air that is forced against blocked vents can strain the system.

Programmable thermostats should also be inspected to ensure that the temperature is kept lower when you and your family are at work or school. There is also an option to change the settings to a lower or higher temperature overnight when everyone is sleeping. If you notice anything out of the norm with your thermostat or HVAC system, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you. This can help you to have a warm and comfortable home this winter.

Benefits of Cleaning the Ductwork Regularly

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Since you spend a majority of time indoors, you will want the air to be the best quality possible. This makes it easy to breathe if you or a family member suffers from allergies or asthma. When your HVAC system is running, airborne contaminants are being drawn into your duct system. Over a period of time, these harmful contaminants will eventually build up inside your air ducts.

Indoor contaminants may include: dust mites, tobacco smoke, household mold, chemicals, airborne allergens, bacteria, animal dander, and carbon monoxide. These contaminants are then circulated throughout your home or office and affect the health and comfort of you, your family, or your employees. Air duct cleaning can remove airborne contaminates such as bacteria, fungus, mold spores, pet dander, and pollen which may help to alleviate allergy & asthma symptoms. By cleaning the ductwork, you can improve the quality of air in your home.

According to the EPA, a build up of only .042 inches of dirt on a heating coil can result in a decrease of efficiency of 21%. A clean air conveyance system may help to increase efficiency and therefore may help to reduce energy costs. If the unit has a build up of dust, dirt, and debris, it will cause the parts of the system to work harder with more strain. Make sure to contact us and we can inspect the HVAC system, and clean out the ductwork for you.

Proper Maintenance for the HVAC System

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When you own a home, you will want it to be as comfortable as possible. Part of this includes inspecting the HVAC system regularly. If you are not sure how often to inspect the HVAC system, make sure to contact us, and we can advise you on the schedule. By having the air conditioner maintained, you can help prevent further issues in the long run. If it is well maintained, then you can also save on monthly energy bills.

 

Make sure to check the filter on the air conditioner. Over time it can catch dirt and dust that are in the air of your home. The filter should be replaced regularly to ensure good quality air is in the home. If you notice the system is no longer efficient, it could be from a poor filter. If you are not sure when to replace the filter, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on how often the filter should be changed.

 

Also remember to check the ductwork. If there are punctures or damage to the ductwork, the air that is produced can leak out of the system. If you notice an issue, make sure to contact us and we can inspect it for you. When we inspect it, if we notice an issue we can repair it so the ductwork is efficient again.

 

Anytime you notice something out of the norm for the HVAC system, make sure to contact us. This will help you save money in the long run and keep the system lasting as long as possible.