Optimize Your Programmable Thermostat for Savings!!
Programmable thermostats are great for homeowners who want to keep energy use to a minimum. Having the ability to program schedules to fit your lifestyle is convenient as well. By following a few basics, a programmable thermostat will keep your home comfortable and lower your utility bills at the same time.
Programmable thermostats let you set multiple schedules for your home’s cooling or heating system. Is everyone gone during the day? Set a schedule to adjust the temperatures depending on daily work and school commitments. Forgetting to manually adjust a thermostat before leaving home each day wastes energy heating or cooling the house when no one’s home, and also raises your utility bills. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat give us a call, we can help.
Your Furnace and Ceiling Fans!
You know that ceiling fans are beneficial for staying cool in the summer, but did you know that you can use them to your advantage in the winter as well? Many people avoid turning on ceiling fans when the temperature drops outside because of the cool breeze fans are designed to create. However, all you need to do is reverse the direction the blades spin. That way, instead of spinning counter-clockwise and creating a breeze, the blades spin clockwise. This creates an updraft that sends warm air collected near the ceiling back down into the living space. It’s important to keep the fan spinning on the lowest setting in the winter so the updraft moves slowly. Otherwise, it could create cooling air movement that would defeat the fan’s usefulness for home heating. Running a ceiling fan costs mere pennies per day – even less if you choose an Energy Star rated fan. Installing and using ceiling fans properly in your home can help you save up to 10 percent on your heating bills while helping your home feel more comfortable as well.
Preventative maintenance Is Your First Line Of Defense Against Furnace Breakdown:
When it comes to preventative maintenance, too many Minnesota homeowners skip their furnace. An oil change, tire rotation or tune-up of the car is a normal routine. But the furnace is usually out of sight and out of mind. The general thinking is: “it ran okay last winter; it should be fine this winter.” This type of thinking can be a gamble.
What Can Go Wrong?
- Gas Valves – Clogged gas valves cause your furnace to burn unevenly, overworking it. Leaks in gas connections are a fire hazard and also waste your fuel.
- Heat Exchanger – Stress on metal heat exchangers can result in cracks. This is not only a danger but it also causes your unit to work less efficiently.
- Other issues are filters. They can easily clog up and block the flow to the burner. Fuel and oxygen must be balanced for proper burner efficiency. If the mixture is off, it can overwork your furnace and waste your fuel.
Unbalanced or overworked furnaces can easily lead to a breakdown and can shorten the life of your furnace. Having preventative maintenance is an inexpensive way to prevent an expensive repair. Our well-trained technicians know all the places to look for furnace problems. If you haven’t had your furnace checked, contact us; we can make sure you’re not headed for a breakdown.