Maintain the HVAC System this Winter

 

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There are several things that you should inspect and check for your HVAC system. By doing so, you can help improve the efficiency of it. Make sure to contact us for the schedule maintenance. Certain parts and components may need to be inspected more or less often than others. The filter is one part that should be inspected on a regular basis. It should be check frequently. It should also be changed when you start to see it become clogged up with dirt and dust. If you are not sure how often you should inspect or change the filter, make sure to contact us.

Maintain the ductwork

The ductwork is another part that should be inspected. Check for any cracks or puncture marks that might be on it. This will help to improve your heating efficiency as well. If there is damage in the ductwork, then heat could be escaping from it. This is because it will cause the furnace to continue operating and producing heat longer than it should. As heat escapes from the ductwork, the furnace will still be working to produce the heat to what the thermostat is set at. This can end up costing you more on monthly energy bills as well.

Odd Noises

You should also be aware of any odd noises or sounds that the HVAC system makes. This can alert you to an issue that the system might have. Any rattle or clunk type noises are always something to be concerned about. You can call us and we can come to inspect the HVAC system and furnace. Sometimes internal parts of the unit could become damaged or worn. These will need to be replaced as soon as possible so that the system can continue to work efficiently and at top performance for you. This will also help your home to be warm and comfortable this winter for you and your family.

 

Having a Programmable Thermostat in your Home

 

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When you invest in an HVAC system, you will want to make sure all the parts and components are working correctly. The thermostat is one part you will want to make sure will work correctly when you need it to. There are several things that should be inspected. The unit itself, ductwork, the thermostat, and the filter. If you are in the market to buy a new thermostat, consider a programmable thermostat for your home. These can have several benefits for your home and savings in the long run.

Saving you Monedy

These can offer you monthly savings. This will add up to bigger savings in the long run as well. If you set the thermostat based on your schedule, you can help ensure it is only producing the desired temperature when you are home to enjoy it. If you are gone, the HVAC unit will operate on a regular basis, warming or cooling the air, and you will not be home. Based on which model you choose, you can set it differently. There can be a one for the week days to be different than the weekends. There is also another one where each day of the week can be set differently. This is ideal incase your schedule seems to always be different.

Other thermostat options

Even if you set the thermostat for certain days of the week or hours of the day, you can still change it. There is an override button that you can adjust the settings, while standing right in front of it. You can also choose a model that is compatible with wi-fi. This allows you to control it from your phone, tablet, or any other smart device you might have. By doing so, you can help ensure the temperature will be ideal by the time you arrive home, without wasting money either. Make sure to consult us about how a programmable thermostat can help your home and savings.

HVAC Maintenance for a Comfortable Home

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As the seasons start to change, now is an ideal time to have the entire HVAC system inspected in your home. You will want to contact us to schedule a fall inspection. Preventative maintenance will help reduce the chance of a larger issue occurring, when you need to rely on the unit. We will check all the parts and components of the system to make sure they are working correctly. If there is an issue, it is always best to catch it at the first sign, before the problem gets worse. Also, if the issue is fixed soon enough, it saves you time and money in the long run.

HVAC Inspections

We can check the furnace system before you will need to turn it on. This helps to make sure everything will be ready to go, and you can just flip the switch once you want to have warmer air in your home. We can check the ductwork for any issues. This can include cracks, punctures, or even debris in it. Having the ductwork in ideal condition will save you money. If there is damage to it, the warm air that is produced, can leak through any holes or cracks. This will lead to your monthly energy bill increasing. We can also check the filter, to ensure it is clean. Based on the recommended schedule, you will need to change the filter, to ensure that the air movement is the best it can be.

Remember the Thermostat

The thermostat in your home should also be inspected. If you are looking to purchase a new one, consider a programmable one. This allows you to set the temperature based on the days of the week, and hours of the day. If your schedule is pretty consistent, you will benefit from these thermostats. They allow you to adjust the time frame of when you want the home to have the ideal air temperature. This allows the system not to run as much when you are gone. In the end, you will save money because it is not operating as much as it used to.

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.

Thermostat Settings for Your Home

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Keeping your home comfortable means you should know what the thermostat settings should be. While you may be tempted to raise the temperature to the highest setting, it is not the most efficient. Constantly setting the thermostat to a high temperature will cause a big spike in energy bills. The lower the temperature is for the inside of the home, the slower the thermal energy loss is. To have the ideal comfort, it is recommended to set the thermostat between 68 to 72 degrees while you are there.

 

Thermostat settings when you are away

When you are gone for an large length of time, or at night when you sleep, lower the temperature in your home. This should be lowered  to 58 to 62 degrees. If the house is empty, there is no need for the furnace to operate and waste heat. This way it will not waste energy when it is not needed as much. That temperature setting is also enough to keep the pipes in the home from freezing. This helps in the winter when the temperatures outside drop and no one is home.

Older Furnaces being used

Be aware that older furnaces and heat pumps take longer to heat up the inside of a home. This can cause the home to feel colder than it really is. Since the appliance is taking more time to heat things up when it is on. If you want to improve how fast the furnace heats your home, consider the option to replace all older appliances with energy saving appliances.

A Programmable thermostat can help

Thermostat settings are best done with a programmable thermostat. Digital thermostats make it possible for homeowners to set their thermostats in advance. You do not have to worry about setting them again until the season changes. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Install the digital thermostat in an area that is convenient for you to reach. It should be away from all drafts, sunlight, furniture, doorways, and windows. Having a thermostat allows you to set the same temperature for certain days of the week or times of the day.

A Programmable Thermostat in your Home

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The thermostat is important for your home. If you are looking to save money on monthly energy bills, consider programmable ones. Regardless of the type of programmable thermostat you choose, you will save energy on your cooling and heating bills if you program and use the thermostat correctly. Keeping your home at the same temperature when no one is home uses more energy than adjusting it for your absences or when you’re sleeping. HVAC systems can cool or heat your home to your comfort level before you return or wake up in the mornings.

Adjust the thermostat

Remembering to adjust your temperature day and night adds another task to your schedule and it is sometimes easy to forget. Having a device that does it for you automatically simplifies your life while cutting your energy consumption. If you use a heat pump for some of the heating in your home, a programmable thermostat will help you save energy during the winter.

Types of thermostats

You can choose among three different types of programmable thermostats that can be adjusted to your schedule. The first kind is the 7-day thermostat, good for households where family members have different schedules every day. The next type is the 5-2 model, which has settings for the work week and a separate one for the weekend. The last kind is the 5-1-1 model, ideal for families who have the same weekday schedule and a different schedule for each weekend day.

Have a smart thermostat

If you choose a thermostat that has WiFi or a smart model, it is a benefit. You can change the temperature from a smart-phone or anywhere you have online access. This will allow you to change the temperature remotely if you need to manually override the system. Some smart programmable thermostats allow you to lock the settings. This is so that someone coming home unexpectedly cannot lower or raise the temperature to excessive levels. Plus this would drive up energy costs. Some models of programmable thermostats have sensors inside them that tell you when to check the air filter. Changing your air filters regularly will keep your system running efficiently. If you have any questions about a programmable one, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on which one might be best for your home.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.