Home thermostats are the components responsible for controlling your furnace or cooling system to turn on or off as the temperature in your home fluctuates. The right thermostat can be the difference between a cozy time indoors or an uncomfortable one. Often, though, homeowners neglect the crucial aspect of thermostat choice in their HVAC systems and pay the price for it. It’s vital to buy the right one for your system as it affects both comfort and energy consumption in your home. Read more
At Cal Air, we want you to have a comfortable home. It is important for every home owner to understand how an air conditioning or heating system works and how to benefit from HVAC temperature settings. By learning more about your system, you will be able to enjoy comfort and cool air while the outside temperatures continue to climb. While every home has a different HVAC unit, HVAC temperature control remains the same. Read on to learn more about how you can care for your home with optimal temperature control.
Why Is Temperature Control Essential?
When you turn on your HVAC system, you must set the temperature. Most homes set their unit for around 68 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit to stay comfortable. The HVAC temperature setting dictates the coolness of the home. When you have your system set at this setting, you will have a unit that is continually operating. Your home will be cool, but you will be using massive amounts of energy to remain comfortable. This can be taxing to your unit as well as expensive to your pocketbook. By learning to better control the HVAC temperature in your home, you will save money and still benefit from quality cooling.
How Does The Unit Actually Work?
An HVAC system will take the indoor air and cool or heat this air by passing it through the evaporator coil. The air is then placed back in the home, cooler or hotter than before. The thermostat setting tells the unit how long to function. The system will continue to provide cool or hot air until the desired temperature is reached. You may be wondering If you set the unit at a lower setting, say 64 degrees Fahrenheit, that the home will cool quicker than if set on 77 degrees Fahrenheit. This is not true. The system will need to work longer and harder when it is set at a lower temperature. The unit will be able to reach the higher temperature quicker, without having to overwork, which can be hard on the system.
How Does The Heat Pump Come In To Play?
When the HVAC system operates, it blows the fan once the heat pump stops. The heat pump stops once the system reaches the desired temperature in the home. The energy usage at this point is only connected to the fan which will run without the heat pump. The heat pump only starts back up once the temperature changes in the home.
What Is The Ideal HVAC Temperature In The Home?
Our technicians at Cal Air can help you to learn how to set your unit to the ideal temperature for not only a comfortable home but also a lower utility bill and less stress on your system. You should know that an increase in temperature setting will not reduce the comfort level in the home. Based on information from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the ideal setting for temperature in the home is between 74.3 and 78 degrees during the summer months.
If you set your unit on 75 degrees Fahrenheit, you can save on your utility bill as well as have a comfortable space while the temperatures outside are super-hot. To help circulate the air and provide further comfort, you can use ceiling fans.
On top of HVAC temperature setting, air conditioning and heating maintenance is also required. Our team of technicians is highly qualified to help with regular maintenance service. When you contact our office at Cal Air, we can set up a standard maintenance package to keep your HVAC unit in check. Let us provide the essential cooling services you need for a comfortable home during the hot summer months.
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ON Vs. AUTO: Which Thermostat Setting Costs More?
Isn’t it strange that you have probably had a thermostat in your home for many years and you don’t even know what the settings ‘ON’ and ‘AUTO’ mean? Especially what makes both settings different from each other? All that you probably know is that you have been told by your HVAC company to keep it set on ‘AUTO’. But why? Top HVAC companies including our team at Cal Air will tell you to keep your thermostat set on ‘auto’ because if it is set to ‘ON’ it will cost you more money. We are going to provide you a little more information on these two settings below and how they are different, to better improve your home comfort.
The Difference Between ON and Auto
These two settings refer to how your air conditioner’s fan will run. The air conditioner fan is located inside your unit and the fan is what helps distribute the conditioned air throughout your home. The ‘AUTO’ setting means that the fan automatically works only when the air is being heated or cooled. So what this means is that when your home reaches the temperature you have it set on the fan will stop. The ‘ON’ setting means that the fan will be on 24/7 even when the air inside your home is not being heated or cooled. This will make your energy bill more expensive.
Four Reasons You Shouldn’t Use The ON Setting
The ‘ON’ setting has more disadvantages than it does advantages so it’s better to just not use this setting at all. It could increase your electricity bill by up to fifty dollars a month. Having your thermostat set to ‘ON’ will also quickly clog up your air filter. The fan will continue to pull air into your return vents right where your filter is located so it’s going to collect more dust over a shorter period of time. It will also make your home feel chilly during the winter.
Allowing your fan to run 24/7 will cause air to come through your vents even when you have your furnace turned off making for a chilly feeling. Lastly the blower will need more maintenance. Using the fan more often just means that it will break down more frequently.
If you however choose to run your fan all the time and it breaks down we can help you here at Cal Air Heating & Cooling. All you have to do is give us a call.
The “On” Setting Does Come With A Few Advantages
While we have mentioned before the ‘ON’ setting is not the one you should use because it will cost you more money, you can get a couple of advantages from this setting. If you see that you could use some of these advantages, it might be worth the extra money each month. Running the fan all the time can help asthma and allergy sufferers. Running the fan more often means that your filter will catch more airborne pollutants that might aggravate your asthma and allergy symptoms.
So now you know the difference between the ‘ON’ and ‘AUTO’ settings on your thermostat and how they work. If you have a thermostat that doesn’t have either of the settings it’s probably time to have it replaced. Here at Cal Air, our team of professionals can help you with that. We want you to save as much money as possible. Replacing your old, worn out thermostat it will pay for itself in just a short amount of time.
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Summer is here which means one thing, warm weather. Is your air conditioner prepared for the hot summer months? We sure hope so! If you are unsure or think that your HVAC system may be in need of maintenance now is the perfect time to do it. Here at Cal Air we have worked hard to provide you with some air conditioning maintenance tips so that your air conditioner will be up and running good for the hot summer months.
Clean The Outside Condenser Unit
Before you ever turn your air conditioner unit on it is important that you make sure your air conditioner unit is free of any debris for they can easily clog up your unit. We recommend that you leave at least 2 feet of clear space open around your unit. If your unit is placed under trees or around any bushes it is important that you trim any low-hanging branches or trim back any bushes that may obstruct the air flow through your air conditioner unit. If your air-conditioning unit has gone through the winter without being covered up it probably needs to be cleaned up. We recommend that you hose your unit off with a garden hose to remove any dust or debris, but never use a pressure washer because it can easily damage the fins inside your unit.
Check the Ductwork
Most of the time the majority of your air duct system is going to be hidden behind a wall, however there are usually some areas where the ductwork will be exposed for inspection purposes. For example if you have an unfinished basement or an attic you should examine your ductwork in these areas. It is not uncommon for rodents to take shelter in your ductwork for the winter months and they can do some serious damage to your ductwork. You also need to look for any signs of rust or damaged insulation while inspecting your duct system. You should always do a test run of your air conditioning unit to check for any odd smells that may be coming from your vents. It’s not completely impossible for a rodent or some type of animal to get in your duct system and die. If this were to happen it is important that you have a professional come out and clean your ductwork. Our professionals at Cal Air would be more than happy to help you find the problem and clean your ducts if necessary.
Change The Air Filters
The number one thing that we recommend that you do is changing your air filter. The whole purpose for a filter to be in your HVAC system is to remove the dust and debris from the air flow so that they don’t get inside your home and if your air filter is not changed properly the filter will become clogged allowing dust to get into your air system. Depending on what type of filters your HVAC system uses we recommend that you change your filter once a month to once every three months.
Tune Up Your HVAC Equipment
Over time your HVAC system will begin to require maintenance. Some of the things you can check yourself while others may be a little more difficult so it’s best to leave it up to us. It is important to keep your HVAC maintenance up to date because your system could develop a loose connection, the belts may begin slipping, or the lubricants can even evaporate.
Install A Programmable Thermostat
The last step that you should take in order to prepare your air conditioner unit for the summer is to install a programmable thermostat if you haven’t already. A programmable thermostat will be very beneficial to you because it will save you money on your utility bills.
Overall HVAC Care
Your overall home comfort is easily cared for when you request service from our top rated company. We can provide you with residential and commercial options including indoor air quality, air duct sealing, repair service, maintenance, installation and more. Our team can provide you with every service needed to have a healthy and comfortable home year round. With over 30 years in the industry, Cal Air is ready to provide you with excellent support for your HVAC systems. Let us care for your household or business with our long list of service options. Contact our company today to learn more about the many services we provide or to schedule an appointment.
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Winter is when you find yourself reaching for the thermostat for your heater to try and stay warm during the cold weather. Although turning up the heater can come with a higher cost. We are here to make your winter a little less stressful with a few helpful tips on how to manage your heating bill. Just by doing simple things such as adjusting your heater’s thermostat, repairing air duct leaks, or calling a professional when needed, you will see a decrease in your winter heating bill.
(1) Adjust Your Thermostat
You may not think something as simple as adjusting your thermostat can help save you money on your heating bill, but it surprisingly can! Just by setting your thermostat back by one degree you can save as much as one percent for every eight hours. Another way to save money each month is to turn your thermostat down five degrees while you sleep at night. A cooler temperature at night can be offset with an additional blanket while you sleep.
You should also adjust your thermostat if you plan to travel for the holidays, or if you plan to be gone for a long period of time during the day. Believe it or not adjusting your thermostat while you are gone to work, school, or even town can save you a good amount of money on your heating bill. However the trick is how far back you set your thermostat. You should set it back at least ten to fifteen degrees to ensure that you save the most money as possible on your heating bill.
(2) Reduce Air Leaks
Air leaks are one of the largest causes of high-energy bills because they waste your homes energy efficiency. Just by examining and properly sealing air leaks in your home can save you up to ten percent each month on your heating bill. You should examine your air ducts regularly to make sure that there are not any places where air is escaping.
If you were to find a place that seems to be leaking don’t worry because air duct sealing your home is actually quite simple. All you need is time, elbow grease, and caulk. If your existing material however is ripped, damaged, or worn you may also need some weather stripping for the air duct sealing process. If you however are not comfortable with sealing your home and its air ducts alone you can always call a professional to help.
(3) Call the Experts
If you want to ensure that your heater is working efficiently during the cold winter months you may want to consider hiring a professional to work on your heating system. Cal Air can help you out with all your heating system needs. Our professionals here at Cal Air can easily evaluate your system and identify any inefficiency within your heating system. By adjusting gas pressure, replacing air filters, and having routine maintenance completed on your heating system, you can save a lot of money on your heating bill, and with the help of our professionals here at Cal Air we can make that happen.
With years of experience the professionals here at Cal Air can show you just how low-cost improvements to your heater can increase its efficiency this winter and save you some money. The people here at Cal Air are always striving to find ways to help save you money while providing you with a comfortable living environment in the process. We look forward to talking to you soon!
Heating and cooling systems need to be managed and controlled. They have to made to maintain a specific temperature at home as well as other factors such as humidity. If saving your hard earned money each month sounds better to you than spending it on monthly energy bills then a programmable thermostat might be a good investment to consider. A programmable thermostat is a very smart device that allows you to set the temperature in your home for each hour of every day.
You can enjoy the perfect level of comfort when you are at home and save a lot of money by automatically adjusting the temperature in your home when you are away or sleeping. Just by switching to a programmable thermostat you can save as much as $180 per year.
Choosing the Thermostat That’s Right for You
The majority of programmable thermostats come with user-friendly displays that make it easy for you to set the temperatures you want for different times of the day. You might think that this would take a lot of time but the newest advanced models are an engaging, interactive experience with colorful touchscreen displays, so spending a lot of time playing with your programmable thermostat is not a bad thing at all. Separate programs are offered for each day of the week allowing you to choose what temperatures you would like for your house to be on certain days. Some of the programmable thermostats are even Wi-Fi enabled so you can change your settings from your computer, smart phone, or tablet.
Most of the thermostats come with alerts that will tell you when its time for your filter to be changed. Some people think that the thermostats resemble a mini computer. Not only will the programmable thermostats allow you to keep track of your indoor temperatures but it will allow you to keep track of the weather outside as well. Most of the thermostats have a graphical user interface that can display the outside conditions and humidity levels with the help of an add-on sensor.
To make sure that you save the most energy you should aim for a “setback” period of at least eight hours. For each degree that you cut your thermostat back you can expect to see one percent savings per degree on your monthly bill. During the wintertime, while you are away at work or home asleep for the night, try cutting your heat down ten degrees. This will help you save up to twenty percent off your heating bill during the winter months. With a programmable thermostat you can use these strategies not only in the winter but also in the summertime as well, saving you money all year long.
Controlling the Thermostat from Long Distances
Say you’re on vacation with your family and friends and you suddenly remember that you forgot to turn down your thermostat at home, no problem! If your home’s thermostat is equipped with a smart thermostat option, you can tap into the system through a personalized web portal anywhere that there is Internet access. You can also log in to your system and check its efficiency while you are away and make any adjustments necessary.
How Do I Get a Programmable Thermostat Installed?
You can get your programmable thermostat installed by contacting us at Cal Air. Our team of trained professionals can have your programmable thermostat up and running in no time. It is a very easy installation process and will allow you to start saving money immediately. Stop wasting all of your money on monthly heating and cooling bills because you have to use a manual thermostat when all that can be changed with just one phone call. Call Cal Air today to ask any questions or to get more information on programmable thermostats.