Optimize Your Smart Thermostat Settings For Savings

October 18, 2012

If you want to save money on energy, you need a smart thermostat. That may sound simplistic but the new generation of programmable thermostats have an array of features that you truly cannot do without. The only catch is, you have to understand how to set your smart thermostat to take advantage of all these features. But don’t worry — we’re here to help: Eight-hour blocks – Try to decrease the demand on your A/C system by 10 degrees while you’re asleep and 15 degrees while you’re at work. If you can

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How ‘Smart’ Thermostats Offer Better Control Over Energy Savings

May 29, 2012

The new generation of “smart” thermostats provide energy-management tools that give you total control over your HVAC systems, your energy usage and full access to all thermostat features at the click of a mouse or the touch of a smartphone button. Smart thermostats utilize these energy-management tools: Access software for managing your household’s energy bills, and view or print customized reports that show how your household uses energy. Integrate compatible home-comfort systems, such as whole-house humidifiers, with your heating and cooling systems for centralized control. Smart thermostats track heating and

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Ceiling Fans Can Optimize Your Heating System’s Efficiency

March 22, 2012

If you’re having trouble keeping your winter heating costs down, the ceiling fan is a piece of old-fashioned technology that can still be beneficial. Ceiling fans are useful year-round, and in winter they can be used to optimize the efficiency of your heating system. You’re probably aware of ceiling fans’ cooling power in the summer, but many homeowners are surprised to learn that they make you feel warmer in winter just as effectively. The key is reversing your fan’s direction to promote air circulation: the blades should rotate counterclockwise in summer and clockwise in winter.

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A Heat Recovery Ventilator In Your Phoenix Valley Home Ensures Fresh Air Without Extra Energy Costs

February 23, 2012

Though newly-constructed homes and retrofits are very sound and energy-efficient, a side effect is that the air becomes trapped and stagnant. With extreme temperatures in the Phoenix Valley, it’s not pleasant to open the windows to let in the fresh air on a cold winter day or during a sweltering heatwave. The solution to this dilemma is a climate-control system called a heat recovery ventilator, or HRV. How HRVs work: HRVs utilize two fans that circulate airflow in opposite directions. One fan blows fresh air into your home, and the other fan blows stale air

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Be Prepared For Power Outages This Year

January 31, 2012

The power supply in the Phoenix area is relatively stable, with few power outages each year. However, strong winter storms, summer thunderstorms and equipment failure can knock out the power for hours. Even though the area seldom experiences freezing temperatures, it helps to be prepared for any outage that occurs during the winter. Some of these tips apply all year long, as well, to keep yourself comfortable without the electricity. Have enough fresh batteries around the house for flashlights, a portable radio and/or a television set. It’s important to stay in touch with announcements about

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Dry Home? Is A Whole-House Humidifier Or Portable Unit For You?

January 27, 2012

To combat the negative effects of dry air, especially in extremely dry areas like the Phoenix Valley, a whole-house humidifier is critical. Portable units are also an option, and while both devices have their advantages and disadvantages, it’s important to evaluate each system to select the right one for your home and needs. Ease of use Whole-house humidifiers, once installed, will operate efficiently and easily, without requiring attention from you. Portable units, however, require daily attention, because the water tank has to be full in order for it to function. Capacity

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Here’s How To Effectively Use Your Heat Pump’s Thermostat

January 19, 2012

In general, programmable thermostats save homeowners money with the use of scheduled setbacks; however, heat pumps work differently. Therefore, to ensure energy savings, you need to know how to effectively use a heat-pump thermostat. Like anywhere, Phoenix-area homeowners should consider setting back their thermostats at night or when they’re away from home to lock in savings. But setbacks can be counterproductive to savings if you’re using a standard manual thermostat. This is because heat pumps don’t do a good job of making the several-degree switch from a night-time temperature of, say, 63, to the ideal daytime temperature

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Download Our Free Home Comfort Guide

June 2, 2011

We hope you’ve been following our blog each week and getting your HVAC questions answered right here. Whether it’s how to change a filter, improve your indoor air quality or size your replacement HVAC equipment, we want to make sure that you get the facts you need to make informed decisions about your home comfort. Another handy resource for homeowners is our Home Comfort Solutions Guide. This free download is available right here on our blog page, so be sure to check it out. Inside, you’ll find a wealth of information about how

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Get To Know: Electronic Air Cleaners

May 31, 2011

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the indoor air quality of Phoenix homes is often worse than the air quality outside. Dust, mold spores, germs and other pollutants circulate through the air with the potential to cause allergies, bouts of asthma and the spread of airborne diseases. Electronic air cleaners, as a result, have become popular as a way to clear the air and prevent health problems. There are many types of electronic air cleaners, though, and some do a much better job than others. There are three general types of air cleaners in common use: air

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An Easy But Important To-Do: Change Those Air Filters

May 26, 2011

We often hear about the problems of outdoor air pollution, which is considerably higher in Maricopa County than neighboring Pima County. However, the air quality inside your home can be even worse than outdoor air. Because you spend about 90 percent of your time indoors, it is important to eliminate air contaminants from your heating and cooling system. Prolonged exposure to indoor air pollution may lead to health problems such as asthma or other upper-respiratory issues. A simple way to make a big difference in your indoor air quality is to change your air filters regularly. Dirty

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