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How a Programmable Thermostat can save you Money

 

 

Having a programmable thermostat in your home can help to save you money. The first way it can save money is by not having the furnace run constantly. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature in your home for certain hours of the day and for each day of the week. There are several models of thermostat to choose from. Depending on your home and lifestyle, we can help recommend which one would be best for you. One thermostat can program the weekdays the same, and then the weekend differently. Another model can have weekdays the same, and Saturday can be set differently than Sunday. The third most common model allows each day to be set differently.

Manual Override

A programmable thermostat can also have a manual override. So you can change it anytime you desire. If it comes with wi-fi capability, you can adjust the thermostat from your smart phone or tablet as well. This is a benefit incase you need to adjust the temperature when you are just leaving work or on your way home. This can also be used in the chance you are taking longer to get home than you expected. When you set the temperature on the thermostat, it can be lowered for when you are away. Then it can rise to the desired temperature just before you get home. This allows you to walk into a warm home.

Saving Money

Since the thermostat will only run when you need it, you will notice that the monthly energy bills may not be as high either. That is because the furnace will not have to operate when you are not there, and waste heat. If you are not sure what type of thermostat would be right for your home, contact us. We can also help to answer any questions you may have about thermostats or your HVAC system.

Efficient Heating in the Winter

 

During the winter, you will want your home to be warm and comfortable. To help ensure it is always operating the best, make sure that you have us inspected it on a regular basis. Maintenance is required to have the furnace system and parts operating, as they should be. If the furnace system is not maintained, you will notice a few issues with the heating. The first sign may be an expensive monthly energy bill. This would be caused by the system working too long to produce the desired heat in your home. If you notice any changes in your energy bill, make sure to contact us. That way we can inspect the furnace for you.

 

The ductwork should also be inspected. Over time, there can be a build up of dirt, dust, and debris. You should look inside the vents or registers. If you can see a build up of dust, there probably is more, further back. Cleaning this out will help the furnace to be more efficient and to move the warm air through your home. Also have the ductwork checked over for any cracks, puncture marks, or damage. This would allow heat to escape, also making the furnace work harder.

 

The thermostat should also be inspected for any problems. One common issue is if the actual temperature is different than the set temperature. The thermostat could malfunction, not sending the proper readings to your furnace. If the connection is not working properly, then this could result in the furnace operating longer. It would constantly be operating to keep the home at the desired temperature that you have the thermostat set at. Also make sure that the thermostat is efficient. If you have an older one, you may want to invest in a programmable thermostat.

Noticing Issues with the Furnace

 

Your furnace should always be properly maintained and inspected. Doing so will help keep it working properly and efficiently during the cold winter months. If there is an issue, you will want to have the furnace fixed as soon as possible. Ignoring a problem will only lead to a more costly repair bill when it finally is fixed. You will also increase the chance that other parts become damaged in the process as well. When one part does not work, it can damage other parts because those may have to work harder.

 

Be aware of any odd noises that you might hear. This can include grinding, squealing, or even humming noises. They all can be indications of an issue. The furnace should operate at almost unnoticeable levels. If you notice any odd or loud noises, make sure to contact us. We can come and inspect the furnace system for you. This will help to keep it operating as long as possible. If you are not sure how often maintenance should be done, contact us. We will be able to recommend a schedule of when your furnace should be inspected and maintained.

 

As always, you will want to make sure that you inspect the filter regularly as well. This will help you to notice when the filter is clogged or full of dirt and dust. When the filter becomes clogged with dirt and dust, you will then notice the system is no longer efficient. Make sure that you also change the filter based on the recommended schedule. Doing so will always make sure that you have the best air flow possible through the system. If you are not sure what size filter you need, contact us. Having the right size is important for the furnace to operate.

Ideal Temperature for your Home

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The ideal temperature for you home is important. It is not as simple as citing one specific temperature, especially as financial and energy usage concerns differ from one family and home to the next. But you should know the ideal temperature for your home is not eighty degrees.

Proper Setting

Every home has its temperature preference, but setting the thermostat to that temperature and never changing it isn’t helpful to your energy bills. Lowering the temperature further and preserving these lower temperatures for longer periods of time increases those savings. You can set the thermostat to the ideal temperature you want your home to be.

Setting the Thermostat at night

When you purchase a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature to lower during the night when you sleep. You can also set the temperature lower when everyone is out of the house for the day. Before arriving home, or waking up, you can then program the thermostat. This will allow the home to be at the ideal temperature when you arrive home. Depending on what thermostat you purchase, you can set the thermostat to be the same each day. You could also have it be the same during the weekend, and another setting for the weekend.

Proper efficiency for your home

Another way to keep your home at the ideal temperature is to make sure it is energy efficient. Close doors and vents to unused rooms make it easier for the home’s furnace to deliver the desired temperature to occupied living spaces. Schedule an annual furnace maintenance and inspection. Having the furnace inspected on a regular basis will help ensure that it is efficient and you are not wasting heat that is produced. Seal cracks around the windows or doorjambs. If you feel a draft, you know you are losing heat out of it. This will result in higher monthly energy bills.

 

Furnace Maintenance for your Furnace

Each winter, countless homeowners will experience issues with their furnaces when the cold air sets in, and then will be in for a headache, as well as expensive costs of replacement in some instances. There are several benefits to keeping up with furnace maintenance and cleaning. You will want to make sure to contact us at the first sign of an issue with the furnace. We can inspect it to ensure the parts and components are working the most efficient way possible. From an energy efficiency standpoint, furnace maintenance is critical to lowering heating costs. If your furnace is not running properly, it will be using more energy to yield less heat. Cleaning and maintenance will mitigate this risk, allowing you to stay warm without causing extra spending.

Air quality should also be a priority for your home in the winter. You and your family will be spending more time in the house with the windows shut. In addition to furnace maintenance, it is recommended getting the air ducts evaluated and cleaned to reduce dust, dirt and mold particles in the air. Duct cleaning and maintenance can also improve energy efficiency in winter.

You will also want to remember to check and replace the filter for your furnace when it is recommended. The filter is designed to capture dust, dirt, and other pollutants that are in the air of your home. Remember to not run the filter, as it can cause extra strain on the parts of the furnace. If you do notice an issue with the furnace system, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.

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