The truth about temperature setback and getting more from your heating and air conditioning system.
Have you heard of temperature setback (turning the temperature down) and temperature setup (turning the temperature up) for your heating and air conditioning system? This winter you might want to look at temperature setback at night. Here are the benefits of turning the heat down while your family is getting some shut-eye:
The tendency might be to set your thermostat to a nice cozy temperature and then hop into bed when the house is warm. The experts will tell you, however, that you will sleep better in a cooler house. The best temperature for optimal sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees. Our bodies tend to cool off gradually as we sleep. If your home is too warm, it can disrupt your sleep patterns. Cooling it off allows for deeper and more restorative sleep.
When we heat our houses in the winter, the result is drier air. Not only does the dry air affect our skin and the way we feel, but it can also affect your plants. When the air is cooler at night, they’ll need less water and will be heartier as you head through the winter season.
For every degree you setback your thermostat temperature, you can potentially save 1% on your heating bill. This doesn’t mean you should turn your heat all the way down, but turning it down to between 60 and 67 degrees can save you a bundle over time. Not only that, you’ll have a more energy efficient house, reducing your use of electricity and/or fossil fuels.
For more info on how you can save money and sleep better with the help of your heating and air conditioning system, connect with our expert team at Climate Control online now.
Maintenance agreements improve your comfort while keeping bills low.
Part of the beauty of maintenance agreements is that they automate some of your seasonal tasks. They’re a wonderful cost-saving feature, as they reduce the amount of energy you use, ensure your equipment lasts longer and provides special savings whenever you need repairs.
The maintenance plan at Climate Control Heating & Air Conditioning provides traditional services for an affordable yearly fee. These include:
Inspection visits include preventive maintenance. These tasks help HVAC systems run smoothly while using less energy to keep your home comfortable. During the visit, a qualified technician will look for any excessive wear or signs of damage. Your tech might recommend repairs or upgrades, but they are not required. At Climate Control, we never provide or bill for services without clearing the work with you first.
An inspection also includes cleaning, tightening, testing, and oiling components, and otherwise readying your unit for heavy-duty use. As part of this process, the technician might change your HVAC filter, however, this is a regular maintenance task you should perform once a month or every three months, as directed by the manufacturer.
An inspection is a perfect time to ask a technician to show you how to change your filter or to recommend upgraded products. For example, basic filters are the least expensive, but they’re also the least effective. Your technician can recommend the right filter for your system with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating of 7 or higher to extend the life of your HVAC.
Enroll in one of our maintenance agreements today to maximize your heating and cooling. Connect with one of our team members at Climate Control now.
How can commercial services keep your staff hard at work? Check out these tips from the pros.
The best HVAC commercial services help businesses stay comfortable and productive throughout the year. They come in especially handy during the winter season. By focusing on additional services like air quality and humidity control, you can keep your employees healthy and hard at work. Here’s how:
Dry winter air makes things uncomfortable. You can feel it in rough hands and brittle hair. You can feel it in irritated eyes and persistent coughs or sore throats. There’s no doubt low humidity has an impact on wellness, but did you know it also makes you more likely to get sick? As membranes in your nose dry out, it becomes easier for viruses to penetrate your body’s defenses.
Raising the humidity to between 40 and 50 percent helps your employees feel better physically, but it also improves their immunity against common viruses and bacteria. The humidity will also give your heating equipment a boost, helping you maintain comfort at lower temperatures. Unfortunately, indoor humidity over 60 percent will introduce its own set of health problems, so it’s important to monitor carefully.
Humidity factors into air quality, but indoor air also contains dangerous particles. Viruses, bacteria, dander, and mold spores can all trigger illnesses. Some harmful particles make you seriously sick and put your life at risk. Others make you feel miserable every time you come to work.
An Indoor Air Quality Check will identify sources of contamination, so you can solve problems before they wipe out your workforce. One of our expert HVAC technicians at Climate Control can walk you through the air cleaning and ventilation options suited to your business.
Talk to our team at Climate Control Heating & Air Conditioning today about the commercial services you can use to keep your staff healthy and safe.
Improve energy efficiency during the holidays using simple tricks.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to take a backseat during the holidays. You don’t have to disrupt traditions to be green. Making a few small adjustments will ensure your family enjoys the same bountiful spread as usual while staying more comfortable and spending less. Keep reading for the energy-saving tips you need this season.
In households across America this Thanksgiving, families will be using their ovens from the wee hours of the morning until the sun goes down. The turkey takes hours to roast in the oven and requires frequent basting. In the meantime, a never-ending stream of breads, side dishes, and desserts will breeze in and out.
The problem, of course, is the kitchen heats up. If you turn the temperature down to accommodate the cooks, the rest of your guests might feel the chill. It’s a daylong battle, but you go a long way toward winning by turning off the oven. There are a number of devices you can use instead, from electric roasters to steamers and crockpots.
It might seem counterintuitive to run a fan in a space where there’s food to keep warm but circulating air will help keep things cool. If you’re not using the oven to cook, you can store dishes in it while waiting for mealtime. Simply switch the fans off once you start to set the food out.
Another simple way to save on energy and keep temperatures low is to use kitchen light as selectively as possible. Keep the lights low or turned off when possible. Close the shades to keep out the sun.
While the smell of candles at a holiday gathering can be alluring, it’s best to keep them away from food preparation. In fact, for the sake of keeping indoor air as clean as possible, consider switching out traditional candles with flameless ones.
At Climate Control Heating & Air Conditioning, we have tips for keeping more than just your kitchen comfortable during the holidays. Contact us to learn how to improve energy efficiency throughout your home year round.