Stay Cool This Summer with the “SET IT AND FORGET IT” Rule

“Set it and forget it

Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and leave it alone. It’s much easier for your AC to control humidity when it’s left to a set temperature.  Every time you turn the temperature way up or turn the thermostat off, your AC needs to work overtime to dehumidify and get your home back up to a comfortable temperature. Not only does this increase the wear and tear on your system, but will result in higher energy consumption as well.

Save money in 2015

Here are 5 easy ways to save you money on your utilities in 2015

  1. Make sure your furnace filter is replaced regularly. Frequency depends on the type of filter you currently have. Some filters are designed to be replaced on a monthly basis, others quarterly and some semi-annually.
  2. Ensure you have your heating and cooling equipment inspected and maintained annually.  This can save you approximately 5% on your utilities, while reducing your risk of equipment breakdowns.
  3. Get your forced air system balanced. This will ensure that all areas of the home are receiving the required air flow. With a balanced system your equipment will run more efficiently.
  4. Keep your blinds and curtains closed in the summer months so you’re not gaining excess heat. However, we want curtains and blinds open in the winter months so we can use the sun light to add additional heat to our home.
  5. Install a programmable thermostat. Setting back your thermostat a couple degrees when your sleeping or gone to work for the day can save you up to 15% on the portion of your utility bill that is directly related to heating and cooing

“How often should I get my furnace maintained?”

Customers often ask us this question and the simple answer is, yes, your furnace should be maintained annually. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Technicians will not only clean, but also inspect the furnace for safe operation. They will test numerous furnace components and recommend replacing any that may fail in the near future. This is called preventative maintenance. Preventative maintenance will save you time and money in the long run. There are usually coupons or promotions that make this annual maintenance affordable and far less expensive that a service call on a cold snowy night.

Warning !! Cracked water heater venting

WARNING! We are coming across a lot of the ABS venting on power-vented water heaters that is cracked. If you have a water heater with ABS coming off the top, please take the time to inspect for visible cracks in the first 90 or 45 degree fitting. That pipe is responsible for exhausting harmful fumes outside and if it has a crack itwill allow those deadly off-gases (Carbon Monoxide) into your home. The have changed the code so that new furnaces and water heaters require a specific PVC venting material that is resistant to temperature fluctuations, however the old ABS is allowed to remain on older units until the unit is replaced or the ABS requires repair. At that point the entire venting system requires the upgrade to PVC.

Understanding your central air conditioning system

We are all familiar with our air conditioner being the large square box at the side or back of our house. However, your central air conditioner is a system with many components. Everyone knows their furnace or air handler is what heats them over the winter, however not everyone realizes the same blower motor that gives you heat in the winter also cycles your cool air in the summer. As you can see from the diagram, there is an evaporator coil above the furnace(normally hidden in your duct work). That evaporator is what the cold refrigerant is pumped through by the outdoor unit or condenser. Your furnace fan motor is forcing the warm air in your home across the cold evaporator coil in your duct work. The cold refrigerant absorbs the heat from your home and rejects it outside. If your furnace filter is dirty, there is less warm air blowing across your evaporator coil and therefore less cool air being cycled in your home. Likewise, if the outdoor condenser is dirty or covered by bushes, it is unable to reject as much heat from your home.

Tankless water heaters

One question we get asked all the time is “whats the deal with
tankless water heaters, do they really save you that much money?”

In short, yes they do. Typical storage style water heaters run between 50%-65% efficient, where a Navien tankless is up to 97% efficient. Depending on your existing water heater, you could be saving up to 47%.

Consistent hot water, and an almost endless supply of it. You can fill up that Jacuzzi tub finally, no problem. Run a dishwasher, shower and have the washing machine going at the same time, with no shortage of hot water.

Eco-friendly, A Navien Condensing water heater decreases no less than 964 lbs of CO2 per year compared to a conventional tank-type water heater and 324 lbs compared to a conventional tankless-type water heater.
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