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Winter Home Comfort Tips from Air Conditioning Systems

Winter in Concord can get downright cold. Though you might opt to cuddle up with a loved one or put on an extra sweater, it can still be hard to get comfortable when the temperatures outside start to drop.

The good news is that there are effective ways to stay comfortable during the winter that don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, the team at ACS Air Conditioning Systems has written about these strategies for maintaining home comfort before. To save you the time and hassle of digging deep into our blog archives to find these words of wisdom, we’ve brought them straight to you in our easy to use guide to winter home comfort below.

Our Winter Home Comfort Guide for Concord Homeowners

As the home comfort experts, we know just what it takes to keep Concord homeowners comfortable. Check out our informative resources below for expert tips on how to get and stay comfortable this winter:

Benefits of Controlling Indoor Air Quality

It can be hard to get comfortable knowing that the air inside your home might be harmful for you and your family to breathe in. This article discusses the overall benefits of monitoring your indoor air quality and taking steps to improve it. If you think that just changing your air filter every once in awhile is enough to keep the air inside your home healthy, you may want to read this as it will surprise you.

Got Allergies? Change Up Your Indoor Air Quality to Feel Better

Changes in the weather can cause your allergies to start acting up, especially in the winter time. If you or someone in your home suffers from allergies or asthma then you’ll want to find out how you can help them breathe easier with the tips in this article. Be sure to share this with someone you know who has allergies or other respiratory problems.

Benefits of Using Programmable Thermostats

Despite your best efforts, you may find it difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature without driving your energy bills through the roof. Programmable thermostats make it easier to cut utility costs in the winter as they allow you to adjust the temperature to save energy while you’re away. If you’ve ever considered purchasing a programmable or smart thermostat, you’ll want to read this.

Planning a Furnace Replacement? 3 Things to Think About First

Just can’t seem to get comfortable with that old furnace? Before you buy a replacement, you’ll want to carefully consider what you need in a new heating system and what your options are. This article goes into a little more detail about 3 things you’ll need to think about before buying and installing a new furnace. This is a must-read for anyone that plans to replace their furnace in the near future.

Want to learn more about HVAC, home improvement, indoor air quality, and much more? Be sure to check back on our blog each month for informative content that will help you keep your Concord home comfortable. To connect with us or stay up-to-date with updates from Air Conditioning Systems, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Benefits Of Using Programmable Thermostats

To reduce utility costs, many individuals use programmable thermostats during the cold months of winter. However, not using the thermostat throughout the summer could be costing you more money than necessary. Using programmable thermostats throughout the year can assist in reducing utility costs. You could save hundreds of dollars on a yearly basis without compromising your comfort.

The thermostats of today are easier to use. Take advantage of the thermostat when the temperature heats up and you could save yourself a lot of money. Below are some ways in which programmable thermostats can help to save energy and money:

Intuitive Programming

Your ability to work the thermostat will greatly affect its effectiveness. Choose a backlit screen that has large readouts and clear, easy-to-read onscreen prompts. This will help to eliminate making guesses and energy-sapping errors. There are even some models that have an onscreen warning feature. This feature alerts you to excessive energy use or if the temperature is soaring above energy-saving levels. Get the most out of your thermostat by choosing a model that enables temperature setbacks.

Updated Features

Nowadays, programmable thermostats are normally either digital or electromechanical. There are also some models that combine elements of the two types. To maximize savings, choose a digital thermostat that is easy to use. It would be wise to choose one with features like multiple energy-saving schedules. Many of the latest thermostats have programmable touch screens, which make programming easier. Additionally, you should go for models that have various settings for weekends and weekdays. Other great features include full-memory save, auto changeover switches and filter-change reminders.

Where To Put It

The location of the thermostat is extremely important. Every model is different; therefore, it is important to ensure that you abide by the installation recommendations provided by the manufacturer. Ease of access is vital as well.

Optimum Temperature

Everyone has a different level of comfort. However, a 78-degree thermostat setting could be the most ideal for all household members. This would be ideal from the perspectives of both saving energy and maximizing comfort.

These are merely some of the benefits of using programmable thermostats throughout the year. If you are interested in investing in a programmable thermostat, we would love to help you find the right model to meet your home comfort needs. Contact us today to purchase an install a new programmable thermostat, and you’ll be on your way to experiencing the benefits in no time!

When To Replace Heating And Cooling Equipment

 

Maintaining a home, or any other premise, at optimum temperatures, and air quality requires the use of efficient HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) equipment. This does not mean that a person should ensure the running of these equipments at whatever costs as they can consume high energy; incurring higher energy bills. It is, thus, a wise move to install high-efficiency units or replace existing inefficient, high-energy consuming equipment with high-efficiency ones. Replacing equipment may be much cheaper, in the long run as it may reduce power bills and regular repair expenses. It is vital for a person to know when to replace heating and cooling equipment, and the following could be red flags that the equipment must be replaced.

Red flags to equipment replacement

Constant breakdown

When fans, air conditioners, boilers and other HVAC equipment stop functioning as well as they once did, they should be replaced. For instance, when the equipment has to be set a higher degree to provide the same comfort (heating, cooling or air quality) as before, then it is failing and will consume more energy and result in higher energy bills. When the equipment goes off on its own, regularly and for no reason, and repairs and check-ups have done nothing to rectify the situation, it should perhaps be replaced with an efficient one.

High energy consumption

Some equipments may not show any signs of aging, but an outrageous increased unit consumption of energy whenever the equipments are on, should be an indication that the equipments are energy-inefficient and should be replaced. Modern inventions of equipments consume less energy, yet provide the same level of home/ office comfort as their older, energy inefficient counterparts. A client should choose products with Energy Star label, reflecting their energy consumption. A programmable thermostat is a good investment in saving energy with HVAC equipment as it can be set to regulate equipment operations, only when needed.

Equipment age

New equipments function optimally, but with time, they lose their efficiency; provide less comfort, consume more energy and sometimes cannot operate for long durations without being switched off. Any equipment that is over 5, 10, 15 or 20 years, depending on its manufacturer’s validity label, should be replaced. Whereas it may not require regular repairs, its efficiency reduces and energy consumption increases, and this reduces home comfort while incurring higher energy bills. New, high-efficient units save much more power than old equipment and provide much comfort.

 

The decision to replace HVAC equipment should be triggered by, among other factors, its irregular output, high energy consumption and inefficiency. The option to replace the equipment lies with the consumer, but HVAC professionals should be employed to recommend high-efficiency units and conduct the manual work (installation and replacement). The choice of high, energy efficient equipment not only saves the consumer repeated and expensive HVAC equipment repair trips but also ensures optimum indoor and outdoor conditions with lower energy bills.