Save Energy with a Remote Programmable Thermostat

Programmable Thermostat

A remote programmable thermostat will help resolve your high energy bills. The heating and cooling systems in a home consume a huge amount of energy, which results in higher utility bills. Is there a possible way to reduce energy bills without sacrificing the heating and cooling in your home?

How a Programmable Thermostat Works

Programmable thermostats are devices that allow you to regulate the temperature of your home based on different settings for different times of the day. They help reduce energy bills by ensuring that your heating and cooling system is set high only in those times of the day that it is needed.  

The total amount of savings on your energy bills will depend on how you use the programmable thermostat. Adjusting the normal setting of your thermostat by 7-10 degrees for 8 hours/day will give you an average saving of around 10% per year.  

You can store several daily settings on the thermostat like 7 or more temperature settings per day. You can even cancel it manually without disturbing the daily or weekly programmed settings.

With a thermostat, you can decrease the temperature during winter and increase it during summer. By doing this, the heating and cooling system work less, which means lower energy costs.

To maximize your savings when using a thermostat:

  • Set the thermostat to remain at its energy-savings level for up to 8 hours per day
  • Adjust its settings if you will be away from home or go on a holiday for several days. A number of thermostats have a “hold” or vacation mode for this purpose.
  • Install a thermostat in every delineated area to maximize comfort and savings if you have a zoned heating or cooling system.
  • Observe proper maintenance by changing the batteries every year or when indicated.
  • Adjust the settings to increase your savings and comfort. Remember that you save around 2% on your electric bills for every one-degree adjustment.

 

Install a programmable thermostat at your home now and lower your energy bills without sacrificing the comfort of your home. Not only will it save you on energy costs, it will also make your home sustainable.

American Air Heating & Cooling can also install a wi-fi thermostat to give you the ultimate control for comfort in your home. With a wi-fi thermostat you will be able to control and program the settings using a smart phone, tablet or computer.

Tips to Avoid Costly Service Calls

Before Any Service Calls:

  • Be sure that the thermostat is in the correct position. We run numerous service calls every year when the season changes where the thermostat is set in the wrong position. For example, they may have it set for cool, and the air conditioner hasn’t been running because the house has been relatively cool. They then turn up the set point, expecting the furnace to come on. If it’s still in the “cooling” mode, the furnace will not come on. Also, make sure that the thermostat is at a temperature that’s higher than it is currently reading.
  • Check your furnace filter. If it’s dirty, it will cause a limit in the furnace to trip, causing a situation where you’ll have no heat. If you find that it’s dirty, remove and replace it, turn the furnace off at the breaker, leave it off for 30 minutes, and then turn it back on. This should re-set it.
  • Check circuit breakers. If the breaker trips, the furnace won’t come on. Even if it doesn’t appear to be tripped, it doesn’t hurt to reset it if you’re having a problem with the furnace.
  • Be sure that the bottom door of the furnace is on properly. There is a built-in door switch that won’t allow the furnace to operate if it’s not on correctly.
  • If you have a heat pump, keep if free of snow buildup. This may cause the unit to defrost improperly in the heating cycle.
  • On a side note, make sure that you check your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors at least annually!
  • It is always a good idea to have your furnace checked annually for safety, by a licensed professional. This will help to ensure that it’s running at peak efficiency and it will keep any applicable manufacturer’s warranties in effect.
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Gas Line Bonding May Save Your Home From Fire

If your home construction was between 1990 and 2009, then you may be in danger of fire during an electrical storm. During that time, homes were built using Corrugated csst_0Stainless Steel Tubing, better known as CSST.  This material is more flexible and therefore easier to install. Installing it was popular in Central Ohio during that time.  After 2009, building codes required contractors to bond and ground the gas lines.  This process reduces the risk of a fire during an electrical storm, but homes built prior to 2009 still remain at risk.  If you have this yellow flexible gas line material in your home, you should contact us.  We will inspect it for proper gas line bonding and grounding if necessary.   The initial inspection is free of charge.  Please call (614) 851-0099 for details.   If you want to learn more, read this news story about the dangers of CSST.