Heating and cooling account for the biggest chunk of your home’s energy consumption. With an investment between $99 and $400 you can save money by reducing wasted energy. Regardless of the heating or cooling system you have in your home, you can save money without giving up comfort simply by upgrading to a smart thermostat. Here are the benefits you will gain:
How would you like to save up to 33% on your energy bills without sacrificing comfort? A basic smart thermostat comes with preset temperature settings for different times of the day. A lower temperature when nobody is home will use less energy which will lead to savings on your energy bill.
If you’re a technology buff or just like the thought of a high resolution touchscreen, some of the latest models offer greater control, easy programming, and access via your computer or smartphone.
Advanced Temperature Control
A smart thermostat can be programmed to lower the temperature while you’re away from your home, which saves you money. Additionally, it can be set so it automatically raises the temperature when you return home. Many smart thermostats like the Nest® thermostat can learn your household routine and adjust the temperature automatically when you return home or leave on vacation.
The heating and cooling experts at Maitz Home Services will install your new thermostat, teach you how to program it and even show you other ways your thermostat can keep you comfortable while saving money. What are you waiting for? Start saving energy and money today!
Buying a new central air conditioner is a major investment. When repairing your old unit is no longer an option and it's time to purchase a new air conditioner, here are some things to consider.
1. EFFICIENCY - Depending on the age of your old air conditioner, installing a new, energy efficient system could pay for itself over time. By looking at the Energy Star Label on new air conditioners you can find out how efficient the unit is, as indicated by a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating). The SEER rating tells you how efficiently a unit uses electricity: the higher the number, the greater the efficiency.
The typical SEER rating of units manufactured prior to 1992 is about 6.0. In 1992, the government established a minimum cooling efficiency standard for units installed in new homes at 10.0 SEER. High efficiency units have a rating of at least 12.0 SEER.
2. MULTIPLE SPEED OPERATION - Multi-speed units can run on low-speed (using about 50 percent of the energy) 80 percent of the time. Consequently, they use fewer on/off cycles and produce fewer drafts and small temperature swings.
3. AIR QUALITY - If indoor air quality is a concern, you can effectively reduce indoor pollution by installing a whole house air cleaner to the AC units air handler. You'll breathe easier knowing that your new system is capturing the contaminants that can cause health problems.
Have questions about choosing the best air conditioner for your home? Call Maitz Home Services. We can help you choose the right air conditioner for your needs.
One of the best ways to reduce your cooling bill during the summer months is to reduce the sources of heat and humidity inside the home that can make your air conditioner work harder to cool your home. Here are some of the most common sources of heat and humidity inside the home.
1. Lighting - Older incandescent light bulbs lose as much as 90% of their energy as heat loss. By upgrading to more energy efficient CFL or LED bulbs, you won't just reduce the heat, you'll save electricity as well.
2. Kitchen - Kitchens are a major source of heat and humidity inside the home. When the weather is hot, consider cooking outside on a grill, or use a microwave instead of your oven or range.
3. Laundry Room - Clothes dryers generate a lot of heat and humidity. Consider hanging clothes outside on a clothes line. An exhaust fan installed in the laundry room will help to vent the hot, humid air outside.
4. Dishwashers - During hot weather washing dishes in the sink will reduce heat and humidity. If you run the dishwasher turn off the heat dry and let the dishes air dry instead.
New air conditioners built within the past few years are designed to operate so quietly you will hardly know they are running. So when you hear unusual noises, it is usually the result of a lack of maintenance or a symptom of a part that is about to fail. By staying alert to the sounds of a malfunctioning air conditioner you can fix the small problems before they lead to a major failure.
When your air conditioner is working normally it will often make some noises. Subtle thumping and whining sounds are normal. By becoming familiar with the normal operating sounds that an air conditioner makes, you will be able to more easily recognize unusual sounds that could be cause for concern.
The Sounds of a Malfunctioning Air Conditioner
Air conditioners have many parts; there are fans, hoses, belts, compressor motors, coils and other components that work together to move cool air throughout your home. As air conditioners age belt often become loose, leading to thumping sounds. A clogged air filter reduces air flow and can cause the unit to whine as it cycles on or off. Loose hardware on compressor parts can lead to rattling sounds.
Preventative maintenance is the best way to minimize the likelihood of air conditioner repairs. An AC tune-up includes the following steps that keep your air conditioner operating quietly and reliably:
Inspection and lubrication of all moving parts
Inspection and replacement of worn belts and hoses
Replacement of dirty air filters
Ensuring that the unit cycles on and off properly
Inspection of electrical connections
Inspection of refrigerant levels
Have questions about your central air conditioner? Give Maitz Home Services, we can help with all your home cooling needs.
If your noticing ice around your air conditioner's condenser coil, or the unit has stopped operating because of freezing, there are a few possible causes.
1. Lack of air flow. An air conditioner works by taking the heat from inside the home and blowing it over the evaporator coil located outside the home. This split-system enables the heat exchange performed by the refrigerant to take place. Without the exchange of warm air the temperature of the coil will continue dropping, increasing the likelihood of a freeze up.
2. Low refrigerant levels. As the level of refrigerant drops, so does the pressure inside the system. When a smaller amount of refrigerant is forced to expand the same amount, it lowers the temperature.
3. Low outside temperature. If an air conditioner is run when the outside air is too cool, the pressure inside the unit can drop, causing a freeze up. This can occur at temperatures of around 62 degrees.
4. Malfunctioning mechanical systems. A damaged refrigerant line, broken fan, even a clogged up air filter, can cause the evaporator coil to freeze up.
Have air conditioner problems? Call Maitz Home Services, we can help diagnose the cause and offer solutions to fix the problem.