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April 2017

Thermostat Vacation Settings

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What Should I Set My Thermostat To When On Vacation? Did you know that you can actually save a considerable amount on your electric bill by turning your thermostat down when you leave for vacation? What Temperature Is Best In The Summer? Some people believe that turning your thermostat down to save money is just an HVAC myth. For many people leaving on vacation, the last thing they are thinking about is there thermostat. After all, they have more fun and important things to think about doing! However, with no one occupying your home (unless you have pets), there is really no reason to keep the furnace or air conditioner running.  The rule of thumb is to add 4 degrees to what you normally set your thermostat at. Why 4 degrees? Well, if you set the temperature too high, then it will cost you just as much to cool it all the way back down again once you return home. Also, having a home get too hot can damage items such as wall compounds ect from the high humidity levels, which can also lead to mildew growth. Gross. What About The Best Winter Temperature? Same rule of thumb applies here. Take 4 degrees off of what you normally have your thermostat set at. Winter can be a bit more dangerous as you now have frozen water lines to think about. The last thing you want to come home to is a flooded house in the winter. Also, it will cost more...
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Signs Air Conditioner Is Undersized

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How Can I Tell If My Air Conditioner Is Undersized? Are you curious if the air conditioner you currently have may be undersized for you home? Here are a few signs that you may have an undersized air conditioner. First, Some Background Air conditioner cooling capacity is measured in tons, and one ton is equal to 12,000 BTU's (British Thermal Units) per hour. This term (ton) actually is attributed to the amount of heat it would require to melt a block of ice that weighs one ton!  In the northern US, 700-1,000 sq ft per ton is generally an accepted guideline for sizing. It is important to note however that there are many factors that can affect this such as: outdoor temperature, outdoor humidity, insulation in the home, even the amount of glass in the home facing south, east, and west. Also, the ductwork engineering and size plays a role. If your duct work is over or undersized, your air conditioner will under perform when it comes to cooling. Ok, now that we have some basics out of the way, let's move on to some signs that may point to your air conditioner being undersized. Your Air Conditioner Runs Continuously If your air conditioner is running non-stop (as in literally never shuts off) during the summer months, something is up. While there are several different reasons that your air conditioner is running continuously, this can also be a sign of an undersized air conditioner. If your unit is undersized, it will have...
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