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Why the Placement of the Thermostat is Important

 

 

 

 

Your thermostat plays a crucial role in your home. It controls the heating and cooling system to adjust the temperature of your home to ensure comfort. You may have never considered that the actual placement of the thermostat could significantly affect the efficiency of the HVAC system. If your thermostat is located somewhere in your home that is affecting temperature readings, you may be experiencing problems with accuracy at the expense of your comfort and your electricity bill. Proper placement of your thermostat makes a huge difference in accurate heating and cooling of your home.

If you are experiencing high energy bills or hot and cold spots throughout your home, these are signs that your thermostat placement may be off. Another sign is your HVAC system turns on and off frequently without doing its job completely.

3 Frequent Errors of Thermostat Placement

There are some areas of your home that your thermostat should stay clear of. Wrongful thermostat placement can have negative effects in your home, and here are the places to avoid.

Thermostat is in direct sunlight

If your thermostat is placed in direct sunlight, chances are it is reading a much higher temperature than the actual air temperature in your home. In this case, you may notice your cooling system working much harder in the summer and find that your home is very cold during the winter.

Thermostat is too close to air vents

Placing a thermostat too close to air vents can give the thermostat false readings on the temperature of your home. For instance, if you start up your cooling system and your thermostat is next to your air vents, cool air will blow from your air vents onto your thermostat, and will yield a false reading that your home is cool, causing the system to turn off.

Thermostat is not centralized

The best place for your thermostat for an accurate temperature reading is towards the center of your home. This allows the thermostat to read the average temperature of your home, maximizing the system’s accuracy in making your home comfortable. In contract, a thermostat placed on one side of your home may read differently from the temperature of the rest of your home, and cause your heating or cooling to be inaccurate.

The ideal spot for your thermostat is in a hallway in the center of your home, away from direct sunlight and air vents. If you are unsure about where to place your thermostat or think you may need to have it moved, make sure to contact us.

Maintain the Air Conditioner now to help keep your Home Cool

 

Filter maintenance is the quickest, easiest way to ensure your air conditioner works at its maximum efficiency. Whether you’re using a window, central or portable air conditioner, a clogged filtration system can be just as detrimental to your unit as it is to your air quality. It’s important to check and change your filters on a regular basis, but it’s especially important to change them before the spring and summer seasons.

Once a filter becomes too full to function, the dust and other airborne particulates your unit pulls in begin to cling to interior components and obstruct vent openings. All of the extra strain will eventually cause your compressor to work harder and less efficiently.

Find a temperature that you’re comfortable with and stick to it. The lower the temperature setting, the harder your unit will have to work. Installing a programmable thermostat will go a long way in making sure that your home is always comfortable. Remember, if your home is sweltering, don’t set the thermostat to the lowest setting in order to cool things down as quickly as possible. All this does is put unnecessary stress on your unit. Simply put the air conditioner on its normal temperature.

The same advice goes for portable and window units, especially if it’s your sole cooling source. Don’t wait until it is 100 degrees outside to set the unit to 65 degrees. Find a mild temperature that works for you and set the unit to that temperature before the heat of the day. That way, your unit will have the area already cool when the heat sets in and won’t have to work as hard to keep it cool.

Shrubs, debris and plants can lead to unnecessary buildup around the outdoor condenser unit during the summer, which can hamper the flow of air. Make sure that you keep the area around the condenser unit clean and clear in order to help it operate at peak efficiency. Window units should also be cleared of any obstructions to ensure an uninterrupted flow of air. Remove any screens on your window when using a window air conditioner, as well. You can also contact us, and we can inspect the air conditioner for you.

 

Remember to Change the Air Filter this Spring

 

Replacing the air filter each month is something that’s very important for the overall efficiency of an air conditioning system. And now that spring is here, this home maintenance task should move to the top of the list. Changing the filter does more than just keep you feeling healthy. It also stops the larger particles in the air that could damage the HVAC system.

 

If you do not change the air filter in a timely manner, the dirt and debris can take its toll on your air conditioning system. It will not be able to draw in much air due to all the extra resistance, which can stop your air conditioner from functioning properly. Breakdowns become more and more likely, and efficiency levels go down. That’s why it’s so vital that you change it every few months, at most.

 

Changing the air filter in the spring is one great way to help your air conditioning system perform better into the summer, but it’s not all you should do as far as spring maintenance is concerned. The components of your air conditioner may have worn down quite a bit in the last season. And this means that you’re less likely to notice poorer performance going into spring and summer if you don’t schedule a professional maintenance visit before it gets too warm.

 

Regular maintenance inspections can help to improve the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner because it leaves the system in better shape than it was before. You get a tune-up and adjustment of some of the components, including tasks like tightening electrical connections. The outside coil gets cleaned, and the entire unit gets a thorough inspection. Some of the benefits of this service include better energy efficiency, noticeable home comfort, and a longer lifespan for your air conditioning system.

Proper Maintenance for your Air Conditioner

 

 

An air conditioner’s filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases.

 

Air Conditioner Filters

The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%. Clean or replace your air conditioning system’s filter or filters every month or two during the cooling season. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house.

The Coils

The air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over their months and years of service. A clean filter prevents the evaporator coil from soiling quickly. Over time, however, the evaporator coil will still collect dirt. This dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat. To avoid this problem, check your evaporator coil every year and clean it as necessary. Outdoor condenser coils can also become very dirty if the outdoor environment is dusty or if there is foliage nearby. You can easily see the condenser coil and notice if dirt is collecting on its fins. You should minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit. Your dryer vents, leaves, and lawn mower are all potential sources of dirt and debris. Cleaning the area around the coil, removing any debris, and trimming foliage back at least 2 feet allow for adequate airflow around the condenser.

Make sure to contact us if you notice anything out of the norm with your HVAC system. By noticing an issue at the first sign, you can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run.

Making Sure the Air Quality is the Best it can Be in your Home

 

 

One way to have to improve the air in your home is to invest in an air filtration system. This will help to remove the allergens and pollutants that are in the air of your home. The indoor air will usually contain debris and particles of pollen, mold spores, and other allergens. Some particles can be easily seen and cleaned up, like household dust. Other particles carry viruses, odors, bacteria, and are microscopic. It is important to use an air filter or air purifier in any room to reduce the amount of these airborne particles. This will also reduce the chance of you and your family becoming ill from the harm these particles carry with them.

 

 

When you have an air filtration system, the air will run through the filtering system in order to remove the impurities in it. The filters that are used can range from ones that are used in your home, to ones that are used in biological research facilities. The filters can help capture the dirt, dust, and pollen that can be in the air of your home. When the air in your home is clean, you can reduce the chance of asthma or allergy symptoms for you or your family. If you are not sure what type of air filtration system to invest in, make sure to contact us and we can recommend the one right for your home.

 
Remember to maintain the system regularly, as this can help prevent further issues from forming. If there is anything out of the norm, you should contact us so the issue does not become more problematic in the long run.

Inspect the Air Conditioner this Spring

 

Your HVAC system is like any other machine, so it needs consistent care to work well. There are several simple things you can do to keep your HVAC system healthy this spring, like keeping the equipment clean and scheduling HVAC maintenance.

 

 

 

Keep Your Filter Clean

Your filter is often the first line of defense in keeping your HVAC system protected. When a filter becomes clogged with dirt and other debris collected in the filtering process, it creates an effective block to the airflow of the system. This can then cause new problems to form, such as an overworked motor or diminished air quality. Replace your filter regularly and buy high-efficiency options that can capture and deactivate even the tiniest pollutants.

 

There are several areas in your HVAC system that can create a series of problems if they are not kept clean. Clean your condenser drains and clear off any pollen, leaves, grass, or twigs that have gathered on your outdoor unit. If you have grass growing near the unit, make sure there is a two-foot clearance all the way around.

 

Also make sure to inspect the ductwork system in your home. Over time dirt, dust, and debris can form in there. This will clog the flow of the air resulting in poor efficiency. The system will also have to work harder in order to have the air move through. If you notice any issues, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the system for you.

Checking the Filter on your HVAC System

 

The filter is important because it helps to capture dirt, dust, and other pollutants that are in the air. In order to keep the furnace operating efficiently, the filter will have to be inspected and changed when needed. If you are unsure how often the filter should be inspected or replaced, make sure to contact us. Depending on your home and lifestyle, the filter may need to be changed more often. This can be determined by if you have any pets, how many people live in your home, and if you smoke.

 

 

 

Since the filter is designed to remove dust and dirt from the air, it will have more benefits than you might realize. The filter will help keep the furnace and moving components of it clean. If dust and other pollutants get into the furnace, it will cause other parts to wear with one another and lead them to wear out quicker than they should. The air filer also helps prevent the dust from being released into the air of your home. By keeping the filter clean, you are also keeping the air in your home clean.

 

 

 

If you want to keep your HVAC unit working efficiently, make sure have it maintained on a regular basis. If there is a part that is starting to fail, it is important to have it repaired as soon as possible. This will help prevent other parts from failing, as well as a costly repair bill when it is time to have it fixed. If you notice anything out of the norm between visits, make sure to contact us. This is important because if there is an unusual noise or odor you notice from the furnace, it could lead to an unexpected breakdown when you least expect it.

 

 

If you start to notice that the furnace is operating poorly, it could be a sign that the filter should be replaced. Make sure that the filter is checked often, and that it is replaced when needed. It is important to remember not to run the furnace without a filter. The dust and dirt can get into the furnace and cause damage to the parts. By keeping the filter clean, you can help to provide clean air to your home. Make sure to contact us with any questions or concerns you have about your HVAC system.

Saving Money with a Programmable Thermostats

 

You can save money on your heating and cooling bills by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.

Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating or air-conditioning according to a pre-set schedule. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings (six or more temperature settings a day) that you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program.

You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting. You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you are asleep or away from home. Although thermostats can be adjusted manually, programmable thermostats will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal before you wake or return home.

A common misconception associated with thermostats is that a furnace works harder than normal to warm the space back to a comfortable temperature after the thermostat has been set back, resulting in little or no savings. In fact, as soon as your house drops below its normal temperature, it will lose energy to the surrounding environment more slowly. The lower the interior temperature, the slower the heat loss. So the longer your house remains at the lower temperature, the more energy you save, because your house has lost less energy than it would have at the higher temperature

When programming your thermostat, consider when you normally go to sleep and wake up. If you prefer to sleep at a cooler temperature during the winter, you might want to start the temperature setback a bit ahead of the time you actually go to bed. Also consider the schedules of everyone in the household. If there is a time during the day when the house is unoccupied for four hours or more, it makes sense to adjust the temperature during those periods.

The location of your thermostat can affect its performance and efficiency. Read the manufacturer’s installation instructions to prevent ghost readings or unnecessary furnace or air conditioner cycling. To operate properly, a thermostat must be on an interior wall away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, skylights, and windows. It should be located where natural room air currents–warm air rising, cool air sinking–occur. Furniture will block natural air movement, so do not place pieces in front of or below your thermostat. If you are not sure what type of thermostat to invest in, make sure to contact us, and we can advise you on the options you have.

 

 

Cleaning the Ductwork Offers Several Benefits

 

The quality of the air outdoors is influenced by many factors beyond our control. However, the air inside your home can remain clean, healthy and safe by incorporating duct cleaning, filtration, and ventilation as part of a comprehensive indoor air quality strategy.

Normal daily activities tend to produce a large quantity of microscopic contaminants that remain trapped inside the interior of buildings without adequate air exchange. Furnace filters quickly become loaded with hair, pollen, dander, dust, dirt and other pollutants that begin to circulate freely through the home’s air duct system. Furnaces and air conditioners lose efficiency as sticky layers of grime begin to coat vital internal components. Fungi and mold spores use these nutrients to multiply and spread.

Most homeowners recognize the importance of having their HVAC equipment serviced regularly. Unfortunately, the air duct network is largely neglected until the performance of the entire system is affected. Annual duct cleaning provides several benefits for your home. The indoor air quality can improve, because over time, debris accumulates inside the ductwork of your HVAC system. When the blower engages, some of the particulate matter is recycled through the air handler and eventually distributed into the various rooms of your home. The duct cleaning process removes the vast majority of the contaminants from the duct system, so the living area remains free of pollutants and other irritants.

Cleaning the system also reduces overall costs. When the evaporator coil and heat exchanger become clogged with dirt and debris, the thermal energy transfer process is compromised. The equipment must work harder and longer to meet the indoor load, which results in higher utility bills. Most cooling and heating failures are caused by excessive cycling and improper maintenance. Ductwork restrictions and dirty components can increase friction loss and reduce airflow by as much as 50 percent. Longer run cycles place critical moving parts under extreme stress, which can result in excessive wear and untimely breakdowns.

Proper maintenance can also eliminate odors. Mold and fungi produce unpleasant odors as the colonies eat, grow and multiply. These smells are pushed through the ductwork and ultimately into the living area. Perspiration and food odors can also become trapped inside tight homes and subsequently embedded in the dust clusters scattered throughout the duct system. Regular duct cleaning removes the material these odors cling to, and operators can introduce a deodorizer into the duct system at the homeowner’s request.

If you need your HVAC system inspected, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the whole unit, as well as inside the ductwork. We can also schedule a duct cleaning for your home. This can help your home to be more enjoyable and comfortable.

Filter Maintenance for your Home

 

 

Part of responsible homeownership includes, of course, regular home maintenance. If the HVAC system is inefficient and overworked, which can result in problems and expenses.  One such task is changing the filter of the home’s HVAC system.  It’s simple and inexpensive, and taking care of it at least every three months can mean the difference between optimum comfort and avoidable repairs.

 

Most homes have some sort of furnace or heat pump, and many of those homes have combined heating, ventilation and air-conditioning or HVAC systems.  Each type uses some type of air filter or screen to prevent larger airborne particles from entering the system and clogging sensitive machinery.  A system that has a dirty filter can suffer from pressure drop, which can lead to reduced air flow, resulting in no air infiltration at all.  Any of these conditions can cause the system to work harder to keep the home warm. This can put undue stress on the whole system, which can lead to premature failure.

 

Also, a dirty filter that’s exposed to condensation can become damp, which can lead to mold growth that can be spread throughout the home by the HVAC system.  This can lead to serious health consequences, not to mention a compromised unit that will likely require servicing and may require replacement, depending on the severity of the moisture problem.

 

Most HVAC and furnace filters are disposable, made of biodegradable paper or similar media, and shaped in cells, screens or fins designed to trap as much airborne debris as possible.  Filters can typically be purchased in economical multi-packs, and there are many types that will fit different models of furnace/HVAC units.  It’s important to use the appropriate filter for your unit; using the wrong filter that doesn’t fit the unit properly can create the same types of problems as having a dirty filter.

 

 

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