The Benefit of Programmable Thermostats

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A programmable thermostat is designed to automatically adjust the temperature in your home. This can be based on different settings for various times of the day, and days of the week. Programmable thermostats set you up for comfort and energy savings year-round. If you notice that your home has a higher energy bill, it could be caused by the thermostat. With a newer one, it will be more energy efficient for your home. Anytime you notice an odd noise or sound, make sure to contact us. That way we can inspect the HVAC system for you.

Thermostat for any HVAC system

Compatible with both newer and older heating and cooling equipment, a programmable thermostat is always a benefit. This allows you to enjoy the cool air when you are home. The settings adjust the temperature for when you are awake, asleep, or away, returning temperatures to the desired levels when needed. No matter the age or type of your HVAC system, a programmable thermostat helps it. If you want to make sure the thermostat will work for system, contact us.

Different types

Programmable thermostats come in many different styles. This ranges from simple to complex, allowing you the most control over energy use and comfort levels. Some even offer remote operation by phone. Another benefit is that programmable thermostats can be manually overridden at any time. There are also several different types of thermostats. One type of programmable thermostat is best for those with the typical five-day work week and two-day weekend schedule. You can also buy a thermostat that you can set all the days the same, or each day individually.

 

There is also an option to have a smart thermostat. With this type, the benefit is that it is Wi-Fi enabled with the ability to be programmed remotely from your computer or smartphone. Smart thermostats work well for those with different schedules. It also helps those who may forget to pre-set the thermostat before leaving home. Many come with interactive smartphone apps to help you program the thermostat.

Saving money

When you invest in a programmable thermostat, you can help to save money in the long run. Set your ideal temperature can be set on the thermostat. This results in cool air that is produced is not wasted when you are not in your house. Also, the thermostat can also be set to your ideal temperature just before you wake up. If you are not sure what type of thermostat to purchase, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the one best for your home and lifestyle.

Signs a New Furnace is needed

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A new furnace will be needed for your home eventually. Make sure to be aware of any signs that it might be starting to show. If your furnace is older than 10 year you may notice the beginning  of maintenance issues, and there is a very likely chance it will need to be replaced. It may be working, but it is likely not operating at maximum efficiency and your utility bills are probably at all time highs as a result. The older they are, the more maintenance they need, usually incurring the most breakdowns in the last two years of their lives. If the furnace is 15  years or older, it can be costing more than 15 percent more. If this is the case, you should consider replacing it.

Maintenance issues

Another sign a new furnace is needed is how it is operating. If your furnace is operating with little to no maintenance issues but you’re noticing a higher utility rate, it is a problem. You would like to get your bills down, there may be some lower cost solutions for you. Some alternative options may be updating your thermostat to a programmable one, cleaning or updating your duct system. You could also purchase an electric fireplace or portable heater, or just adding some extra blankets around the house. You can contact us, and we can advise you on the options.

Older furnace operate harder

An older furnace is bound to work harder to provide the levels of heating it did when it was new. This means higher energy bills and more frequent repairs. Once you begin seeing significant bill increases, it may be time to look into getting a new furnace. The amount of money you will save in the long run from a more efficient unit will be worth the short-term investment.

An inefficient and old furnace can result in some rooms being colder or warmer than others. This is likely the result of an old furnace and outdated duct system. This results in its ability to distribute heat evenly throughout the house.

Noticing dust and soot

When you notice soot or rust around the furnace or registers, it can be an issue. It can also cause excessive dryness, affecting the walls, wood flooring, furniture, and plants in your house. If you notice plants starting to wilt, it could be cause by it. If family members are experiencing dry eyes and itchy throats, or headaches, it may be time to replace a furnace. No matter what issue you notice, make sure to contact us. We can inspect it for you.

Have Good Quality Air in your Home

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Improving the air in your home this winter is essential. Winter is the ideal time to turn up the heat and curl up under a blanket. However, all is not safe within areas of your home that you would least expect. Air quality can be a matter of keeping you and your family healthy this winter. Dust is the natural enemy of any happy homemaker and owner. Unfortunately, dust is more of an enemy than people realize. It can serve as an allergen to some and create respiratory to others.

 

Dust is not the only enemy in the home. These include that formaldehyde, lead, radon and even some chemicals used in cleaning products. This could cause issues for people with asthma and worse due to exposure to some chemical residue. Make sure to purchase a HEPA filter. High Efficiency Particulate Air filters will forces air through a mesh sheet that traps the particles such as dust mites, dust, and tobacco smoke. This will help in improving the air quality of your home.

Cleaning the filter

In areas of constant foot traffic, use the HEPA vacuum multiple times. This prevents accumulation of these dangerous substances in your home. Using water without cleaning agents, you can mop the areas vacuumed. Despite using a vacuum, there could still be some residue of dust and allergens in these areas. Also use a doormat. When people constantly walk around your home, they are tracking dirt and other substances into your home. If you buy a big enough mat, much of these foreign substances will be left at the door.

Fireplace care

In addition, burning wood in your fireplace may also affect the quality of air in your home. While this is a nice to do, it does not improve the air quality in your home. If you do have a fireplace, use it only when necessary such as emergencies or on rare occasions.

Have the ductwork cleaned

Consider cleaning the ductwork as well. A lot of dust and dirt can build up within your ventilation systems in order to clog and congest the passageways. Wintertime serves as a catalyst to the problem because not only is the heating system running most of the time, we want to keep doors and windows closed to keep the heat in. Cleaning the filter makes sure that dust, mold, and allergens are removed from the HVAC system. This could potentially increase the performance of your system and create a better airflow within your home. If you notice an issue with the air quality, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide in your Home

 

Having the best quality air for you and your family is important. You will also want to make sure it is free of anything harmful as well. Carbon monoxide is a gas that can be deadly, and can be in your home without you knowing. It is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, which means you need to have a carbon monoxide detector. Things such as space heaters, gas stoves, furnaces, heaters, and refrigerators can all emit carbon monoxide if they are not properly ventilated. A gas leak can also cause carbon monoxide emissions in the home. Even though carbon monoxide detectors are common, it is still important to recognize any signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide leaks or issues.

Inspect High-risk Areas

Carbon monoxide is very difficult to detect when it is in your home. Make sure all appliances in your home are well-ventilated. If you use appliances in an enclosed space, it can cause these carbon monoxide emissions. Also, an idiling vehicle can cause your garage to fill up with carbon monoxide. This could rapidly spread to your home.

Examine Symptoms

People affected by carbon monoxide generally show flu-like symptoms, or indigestion, headache, nausea, and light-headedness. This is another reason why most people do not make the connection with carbon monoxide. If you notice everyone in the home having the same symptoms, it might be carbon monoxide poisoning. This is especially true if everyone feels better once you are away from your home.

Look Around the Home

A stale, stuffy smell in a clean home is a warning sign. If you notice a burning smell, this is also a red flag. Sometimes a sign could be moisture on windows and walls, especially if they are close to a fuel-burning appliance, is also an indicator. But it could also be caused by a humid home. You will want to rule out other possibilities before assuming a carbon monoxide leak. Notice the flames on any pilot lights in your home. If they are always blue and they are turning yellow, have it checked out. Be alert for any smell of natural gas when you turn on a fuel-burning appliance.

If you notice an issue with the air quality in your home, or HVAC system, make sure to contact us. We can come and inspect the system to ensure it is working efficiently. It is important to have the issue inspected at the first sign, before delaying too long and it causes worse problems in the long run. By having the system checked regularly, your home will be warm and enjoyable this winter.

Reasons Why the Thermostat May not Work

The thermostat is an important part of your HVAC system in your home. This is a way you can control what temperature you will want your home to be. As important as filter maintenance is, so is thermostat maintenance. Make sure to contact us and we can inspect the thermostat in your home. This way we can ensure that it is operating efficiently in your home. It will also help to keep the home at the most ideal temperature that you would like. If you notice that the set temperature is different than the actual temperature, then there is an issue. We can inspect it to ensure the issue is only located to the thermostat part.

The placement of the thermostat is also is important. You will want to make sure that it is not in any direction of any direct sunlight. Also move the thermostat away from any registers, vents, or fans. The air movement around that can give it a false reading. If a false reading occurs, then the system will not be efficient and will have to work longer and harder to get your home to the desired temperature. When installing a thermostat, make sure you plan to have it placed in an area that is free from these things, all day long. Check the spot several times throughout the day to ensure it will not be affected by any windows or vents. We can also check the location for you, but checking it through the day is always the best.

Since there are several models to choose from for a programmable thermostat, you may want to consider when you are in and out of your home. This way you can schedule the thermostat to operate only when you are there. This also helps to reduce the chance of energy being wasted. Based on your schedule and lifestyle, we can also recommend an ideal thermostat for you.

 

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.

 

Improve the Air in your Home

 

The air quality in your home is important for you and your family. Having the best air quality will help reduce systems of allergies and asthma. If you notice a breathing issue, it can lead to further issues. When your air quality is poor, chances are your health could decline as well. If you notice symptoms like sneezing and watery eyes, there may be an issue with the air quality. You can contact us and we can inspect the air quality for you and recommend what further actions should be done to improve it.

The filter is something you should not forget about. The filter can become clogged and dirty with time. This reduces the chance of air getting through it properly and efficiently. If you notice the filter dirty, make sure to clean it. Also remember to replace the filter on the necessary recommended schedule. If you have pets, you will have to replace the filter more often. If you are not sure how often replacing the filter should be, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on it.

To help keep the air clean, you may want to invest in an air purifier. By doing so, this will clean the air and other particles that might be there. Air purifiers take the air and remove the pollutants from it, and replace the clean air back in your home. If you want to know what type of air purifier is best for your home, contact us and we can recommend the options you have.

 

 

Improving the Air in your Home

 

When you are indoors, you will want the air to be the best quality possible. Air that has been filtered in some way has been proven to be healthier for people who breathe it. A variety of respiratory illness symptoms have been directly linked to the quality of air breathed by the victim. An air filter is specifically designed to filter incoming air and trap many harmful known airborne substances. An individual who suffers from asthma, hay fever, and allergies find that using a special filter helps to relieve some of their breathing problems. There are numerous harmful particles that float around aimlessly in air, a filter added to an air handling system helps to trap these particles and prevents them from being breathed in. Adding an air purification device to boost the benefits of an air filter helps keep most of the air safe to breathe.

Many people have discovered that using air cleaners in addition to specialty filters in their air handlers provides an even higher quality of air. There are two types of air cleaners on the market today; one is known as an electrostatic precipitator and the other an ionizer. Both of these air cleaning devices make a great addition to the use of a HEPA filter in an air unit and have been known to provide tremendous results.

An electrostatic type of cleaner pulls air into its system and charges particles with either a negative or positive charge. The air is then passed through to a set of plates that hold an opposite charge and trap the particles by attracting them to the plates where they get stuck. An ionizing air cleaner basically does the same type of charging process, however charged particles are released into the air with the electronic charge and they become attracted to surfaces and stick to them. Generally the charged particles will fall to the floor or become attached to fabric surfaces such as curtains. Both types of cleaners have been proven to be extremely efficient at providing cleaner air for breathing.

People who suffer from breathing conditions such as COPD, emphysema, asthma, and other breathing conditions benefit the greatest from air purifying devices. These devices are designed to trap the very particles that irritate breathing conditions. Many people who have tried an air cleaning device experience far less breathing symptoms and find that their overall health can improve as a result. It is important to keep an air purifier clean for maximum results. In addition to keeping air purifying devices clean it is equally important to vacuum and dust on a regular basis as well. People with breathing problems that use air cleaners to clean the air in their home have a wide array of brands to choose from. If you are not sure which one is right for you, make sure to contact us.

Getting the Most out of your Air Conditioner

 

Most of the electricity used in the home during the warmer months is by the air conditioner. This is one area where homeowners can save money. By becoming aware of certain habits that need to change, the home will run more smoothly. The first tip for saving money is to choose the air conditioner size correctly. Sometimes, people think that bigger air conditioners will provide more home comfort and feel that it is the best for the home. This is not always true. Using an air conditioner unit that is too big for the home will not provide uniform temperatures or lessen humidification, so in this case, bigger is not necessarily better.

 

 

Placement of the thermostat and proper usage can help save money. Many times when people come home from work, they flip the thermostats to an excessively low level thinking it will make the air conditioner get colder faster. This is not true and can damage the unit and cost more money when the unit works harder to get to the low temperature. It will not enhance the air conditioning and repairs may be necessary from overuse. The placement of thermostats is another great factor to consider when saving money. It should never be located around warmer items, like televisions, lamps, or stereos. This could accidentally trick the thermostat into working harder than is required.

 

 

Another common mistake that wastes money is placing the air conditioner in a spot that collects heat. Just because there is an available space beside the house does not make it the best choice. Make sure that the unit is placed in a shady spot or else it will have to work harder than necessary. Being in direct sunlight hinders the unit from working properly. Similarly, you will not want to place it behind bushes or shrubs to hide the unit. This will obstruct ventilation and can clog the condenser coils so that repair is needed, along with making it less efficient to run.

 

 

If your home currently uses several window air conditioning units to provide home comfort, it would be less expensive to cool the area with ductless air conditioning. These units are revolutionary cooling solutions and situate in one or two story homes. Many homeowners are switching to the ductless air conditioning these days, due to the money saving factor of running traditional air conditioning units. If you have any questions about your current air conditioner, or if you are looking for a new one, make sure to contact us, and we can advise you on the options you have.

Setting the Thermostat to the Right Temperature

 

 

By installing the programmable thermostat, you can help to save money in the long run. This is because energy that is produced will not be wasted. You can set the thermostat based on when you are home, when you are away, and when you plan on getting home. This helps to ensure you come into your home with the temperature being as ideal as possible. There are several types of thermostats you can buy. One allows the week days to be set the same, and the weekend differently. This is great if you have a constant work schedule. There is also another model that you can set each day differently from one another. This is best if your days are different, or even other family member’s. If you are not sure on the best type of thermostat, we can advise you on your options and recommend one.

 

The thermostat should also be placed in a location away from sunlight, heat, cool air, and vents. This will help prevent it from having a false reading. When air is around it, the temperature set and actual temperature might differ significantly. If you notice this issue, contact us. We can inspect the thermostat in your home to ensure it is operating as efficiently as possible for you. If there is a problem, we can make sure that it is fixed as soon as possible. This will help keep your home cool and comfortable this summer.

 

Programmable thermostats also help to reduce cool air that is produced. When keep the home nice and cool if you will not be there. Some systems even have an override that you can do with a smart phone. This way you will always ensure your home is at the ideal temperature you want it to be.