Why Programmable Thermostats are Beneficial in your Home

 

Everything we have nowadays is “smart.” From our phones to our TV’s, the options are endless! So, of course, “smart” thermostats exists. We understand that with a hectic lifestyle, sometimes the smallest things can be a hassle. Programmable thermostats work to make your life a little bit easier. With the constant and drastic change of our weather, scheduling your thermostat can go a long way in keeping your home comfortable.

Saving Time

Instead of manually making changes to your thermostat, you can program it for different times and days. Program it to warm up your house 30 minutes before you get up, or program it to lower the temperature 5 minutes after you leave to work. Instead of having to do it yourself and maybe forgetting about it, you can program it in advance.

Energy Efficient

Instead of running your thermostat all day, programming it for the times that you actually need it can save up to 30% on energy costs. A lower electricity bill is always a good thing! Plus, the use of less energy is good for the environment. If you are noticing an increase in your monthly energy bill, make sure to look into a programmable thermostat.

Reduce Wear and Tear

By setting your thermostat automatically for the times you do use it; saves time, money, and extends the life of your heating and cooling system. Of course, we want you to use your heating and cooling for whenever you need it, but programming it avoids unnecessary use. The less wear on your system; the more use you will get out of it. This means fewer repairs and more savings. There are countless options to choose from when it comes to programmable thermostats. Depending on your needs, you can choose a thermostat that tracks your energy use, manages your indoor air quality, reminds you to replace your filters, etc. There are many of thermostats to choose from. Programmable thermostats are the future and the best way to keep your energy costs low. If you want to install a programmable thermostat in your home or you have questions about the features, give us a call.

 

The Benefits of Having Cleaner Air in your Home

 

Having a tight home is essential for energy-efficiency, but it can also cause poor indoor air quality if air pollutants are not properly filtered out. Pet dander and dust mites in the home can cause allergy and breathing problems, and more and more homeowners are looking for ways to improve air quality for themselves and their families.

Whole-home air-cleaning systems are increasingly popular and can be incorporated into almost any HVAC system—whether a new build or a retrofit—and are available in various sizes, types and price ranges.

One of the most economical options is an electrostatic recessed air cleaner. Designed to be low profile, these air cleaners look like register vents. They are concealed within a return air box and installed inconspicuously in a ceiling or a wall. The units are not tied to the HVAC system, so the installation takes only a few minutes. As air passes through the return vent, particulates and gases are trapped and filtered by the polarizing process in the core and an activated carbon filter. The core captures particles using a non-ionizing process; this means no creation of potentially harmful ozone. These types of cleaners are easy to maintain, requiring only a simple cleaning and replacement of the filter every 30 to 60 days. Other high-end electrostatic air-cleaning systems can be tied directly to the HVAC system and mounted between the air handler and the return ductwork.

When it comes to improving indoor air quality, whole-home air cleaners are powerful tools. With so many options available, you can also contact us, and we can advise you which one may be best for your home and lifestyle.

 

Remembering to Clean the Filter for your Air Conditioner

 

The air filter’s job is to keep dust and debris out of your HVAC equipment. You would be amazed how much builds up on there in a very short time. Just think about the air quality outside, and the dust that you pick up every day. Imagine how much grime would accumulate if you did not clean for a month. That is how much debris is clogging your air filter, and much more if you have not remembered to change the filter in a while.

 

 

When the filter gets clogged, dust and dirt start getting into the air conditioner itself, causing wear and tear on the parts. This can mean even more wear and tear on the parts, the sooner they wear out and you are dealing with a breakdown. The clogged filter also prevents enough air from flowing through the system to keep it working properly.

 

 

According to research, you should check and change the filter every month during peak season. Make sure to check the filter so it is not clogged with dirt. If you do notice that filter is clogged, or if the HVAC system is not working efficiently, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.

 

Why Preventative Maintenance is Important for your HVAC System

 

Just as your vehicle needs regular service to ensure that everything is operating correctly, your heating and cooling equipment should be inspected and adjusted to achieve optimum performance. You might choose to put off that service for your vehicle, but you know that there could be serious consequences in the long run. Similarly, failing to maintain the HVAC system regularly, can lead to serious problems. By choosing a preventive maintenance plan, you can take advantage of timely service to help reduce the chance of an unexpected breakdown.

 

HVAC maintenance enables you to begin the season with reliable and efficient service from your home comfort equipment. You can reap numerous benefits from regular preventive care, including:

  • * Improved efficiency – annual efficiency loss for normal system use can be five percent or more and a tune-up can counteract this loss.
  • * Identification of faulty parts – a mechanical system experiences wear over time, and regular HVAC maintenance allows for worn out or broken parts to be repaired or replaced as needed.
  • * Averting system problems – regular maintenance can reduce the potential for a later breakdown by as much as 95 percent. While it is impossible to avoid all HVAC repair, preventive care can save a lot of money  on unanticipated cooling emergencies.
  • * Longevity of your equipment – you can expect quite a few years of service from an air conditioner. Regular maintenance reduces the risk of early equipment failures and costly upgrade needs.

A maintenance plan allows you to take care of your equipment and identify problems early. You will be able to manage your home comfort levels effectively throughout the year. Make sure to contact us, and we can schedule an appointment to inspect the air conditioner for your home. Noticing a sign of an issue early can help save you money, as well as wear and tear on the HVAC unit.

 

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.

Reasons Why the Furnace may not Operate Correctly

 

Keeping your furnace working efficiently in the winter is beneficial for the warmth and comfort in your home. The best thing to do is to contact us so we can inspect the furnace and HVAC system for you.

Ensure that your thermostat is set higher than the temperature in your home.  Otherwise your electric heater or gas furnace will not turn on.  If there is an issue with the thermostat, you can tell by if the actual temperature is different than the set temperature in your home.

Another possible culprit for your heater blowing cold air is the batteries in your thermostat.  Some thermostats are connected to central power and some have central power with a battery backup, but what some people don’t realize is that there are some thermostats that work on batteries only, so check your thermostat and replace your batteries accordingly.  This can cause your heater to blow cold air due to improper temperature inputs from the thermostat.

A heater blowing cold air could be a result of a leak in your ducting.  Over time, the changing temperatures wear on all sorts of things and your ductwork is no exception.  Your ducts are usually in the attic and outside of your insulation, exposing them to the bitter cold. If your heater is blowing warm air but that air is venting into the attic or mixing with colder air from your attic, then the net result will be that your heater is blowing cold air.

Another possible problem is the accumulation of dirt and debris inside of ductwork, which can slow down airflow.  This problem is rarely severe enough to fully block airflow, but it is worth looking into.  If airflow is blocked too much, it can cause your heater to overheat which can cause it to kick off as a safety precaution.  No matter what issue you have, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the furnace for you

Getting Your HVAC System Ready this Fall

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As the cooler temperatures approach, you will want to turn off the air conditioner, and get your furnace ready for winter. The most important thing you can do is to have it inspected on a regular basis. This way we can inspect the parts and components to ensure that it will be operating efficiently.

 

Make sure that the filter is always cleaned and inspected. The filter will help capture dirt, dust, and other particles that are in the air of your home. If you are not sure how often to change the filter, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on when the filter should be inspected, and when it should be changed. This can help keep the air in your home as clean as possible for you and your family.

 

Also be aware of any odd noises you hear. This could indicate that a part has worn and will need to be replaced. If you ignore an issue, over time it will become worse and cause further damage to the HVAC system. Contact us, and we can inspect the system for any issues. We can also check the ductwork, thermostat, and the unit itself for any damage or cracks.

 

Since the ductwork is the part of the unit that carries the air through your home, it is important that it is in the best condition possible. If there is damage to the ductwork, it can cause air to leak out. Over time, this can result in a higher monthly energy bill. By having the unit inspected, you can save time, money, and stress in the long run.

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.

Why a Dehumidifier is Beneficial for your Home

 

 

When you spend time in your home, you will want it to pleasant and comfortable. This is why investing in a dehumidifier can be beneficial. If your home is humid and uncomfortable, you may benefit from having a dehumidifier. There are also several benefits that the dehumidifier can offer.

 

Dehumidifiers take away excess humidity in your home, leaving you with drier air. This helps to reduce damp and the associated problems like mold growth and peeling wallpaper. Molds need moisture to grow. When the central heating is cranked up and ventilation is compromised by keeping windows closed, molds thrive. Dehumidifiers take away the essential humidity that mold needs in which to grow.

Dust mites are extremely common and are again a little-understood allergy trigger for many people. Even the cleanest homes harbor dust mites, which tend to lurk in mattresses, upholstery, and carpets. These tiny creatures are microscopic and can cause allergy symptoms in certain people.

Dehumidifiers also can reduce condensation. Cooking, showers, and baths can all cause condensation, which in turn can contribute to damp and mold growth. A dehumidifier can help to reduce the effects of this in other rooms of the house.

Another issue with humidity is the damage it can do to your home and furniture. Excess moisture can cause furniture and upholstery to contain mildew. They can develop that characteristic musty smell and feel slightly damp to the touch. A dehumidifier can help to prevent this. If you are not sure what type of dehumidifier to invest in, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the right one for your home.