Do you have some bad HVAC habits? Chances are, you do and aren't even aware of how they're not only costing you more in utility bills, but also possible damaging your HVAC system. Here are several practices homeowners should give the heave-ho to right away.
Now that another season is upon us, it's time to think about proper operation of your heating system. Switching out the batteries as part of thermostat maintenance should definitely be on your to-do list. Today, we're going to explore why this is important and how to complete the task.
Just as important as the right HVAC system is the right thermostat. But what kind does your home need? There are a number of thermostat options out there, depending on your needs for home comfort, energy savings, convenience, and more. Let's take a look at which thermostat is right for you.
The first thing most of us do to make sure our home comfort level is acceptable is check the thermostat, but there’s more to it. It’s a combination of humidity, air quality and the responsiveness of the HVAC system to alter the actual air temperature and our perception of it.
It won't be long before the heat and humidity arrive, and you'll be turning on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortably cool. Before you reboot the A/C and start using it consistently, be sure to take these steps:
Fall can be a fickle season to leave home when the usual cold front is quickly followed by a warm-up that lasts for several days or longer. Picking the best thermostat settings to accommodate a wide swing in outdoor temperatures can be confusing.
If it seems impossible to enjoy a consistently comfortable temperature from room to room, your home's single-zone HVAC system may be to blame. When there's just one thermostat controlling heating and cooling throughout a home, temperature variations and hot or cold spots aren't uncommon. Installing a zoning system can put an end to these issues and let you enjoy a whole new level of comfort.
Few would argue that nothing improves their day like a good night’s sleep, and being able to save energy at the same time makes it even better. People with forced-air combustion heating systems in their homes can reap the benefits of lower heating bills and a good night’s sleep.
Thermostat replacement isn’t something you’ll be confronted with very often. When it’s necessary, however, it’s critical to sustaining household comfort and keeping monthly heating and cooling costs affordable. Thermostat malfunctions may be hard to miss or they can be not at all obvious.
Although you probably don't think about it much, you depend on your thermostat for a lot: you expect it to read the temperature in your house, turn your HVAC system on and off as needed, and keep your home to the temperature you set.
Are you using your thermostat setting options to your best advantage? While most of the settings are pretty easy to figure out, many homeowners get confused about one specific choice: whether to turn their HVAC system's fan to "on" or "auto."
Are you still regulating temperatures in your home with a first-generation programmable thermostat, or heaven forbid, an old manual model? If so, consider upgrading to a modern Wi-Fi thermostat. You'll save money on heating and cooling, while benefiting from advanced features such as energy reports and air filter change alerts. Learn how a Wi-Fi thermostat can deliver valuable benefits to your household.
Home comfort is influenced by a variety of factors even though temperature is the one that usually comes to mind. Other factors that affect home comfort include humidity, indoor air quality and the ability to control these factors. In order to optimize home comfort, it’s important to understand how these factors interact with one another.
If your home's thermostat is like those in most homes, the fan setting is probably on "auto," which seems to be the default in most systems. But that begs the question, what does the "on" setting mean? This isn't an idle question since setting your thermostat fan one way or the other can make a big difference in energy bills and home comfort.
If you discover your home's A/C is blowing hot air, don't panic. There are a number of reasons why this can occur. Some are easily remedied, and a skilled HVAC professional can correct the more serious issues. Here are five of the most common causes of a warm air issue, with tips on how to fix the problem and when to call in a pro.
Does your programmable thermostat baffle you? The controls can be confusing if you don't understand how to program them, or how to get the most out of that programming. Programmable thermostats are designed to help you operate your HVAC system efficiently. Here's how that can happen in your home.
The benefit of a central air system is that it allows your entire home's temperature to be controlled from a single thermostat, with a single HVAC installation. But it also comes with a serious drawback: the ducts that deliver air to your living areas can develop leaks or tears that bleed off conditioned air before you can make use of it. When your ducts pass through crawl spaces and other passages outside of your living areas, this can lead to wasted energy and money. That's why duct sealing is so important.
During the cooling months, your air conditioner probably uses more energy than any other system in your Fort Wayne home. Spring maintenance is important to ensure all parts are working correctly. It's also a good idea to familiarize yourself with air conditioner parts to understand energy usage and home cooling.
Maximizing energy savings in your home requires a concerted effort to actually conserve more energy. Read through these common home energy myths to make sure your energy-saving efforts don’t go unrewarded.