thermostat

June 25, 2015

Setting Your Thermostat: Is Fan On or Auto Best?

Setting your thermostat fan control can be somewhat confusing. Is it better to leave the fan “on” or set it on “auto?” Leaving the fan in the on position and operating continuously may seem logical to increase comfort and reduce A/C energy consumption, but it can actually erode comfort and cost more in the long run. Learning the purpose of each setting and its pros and cons can help clarify which option is best. Auto Setting When the fan is […]
June 30, 2015

Maximize Your Home’s Energy Efficiency and Savings With a Programmable Thermostat

Can informed use of a programmable thermostat make a difference in energy costs? Nearly 10 percent of the total energy consumption of the U.S. is controlled by cumulative settings on residential cooling and heating thermostats. However, surveys show many people aren’t reaping the 5 to 15 percent energy savings the Department of Energy says they could be, simply because they aren’t utilizing the device correctly or fully. Programming Types First, you need to determine the type of programmable thermostat you need. The […]
October 8, 2015

Turn Down Your Water Heater Temperature to Save Money This Fall

Lowering the temperature on your water heater by 10 degrees shaves up to 5 percent off your water heating costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Water heater manufacturers often set the temperature of their water heaters to 140 degrees. So, there are plenty of energy dollars to keep in your pocketbook by turning down water heater temperature. Keep reading to learn how. Lower Temperature, More Savings The federal Energy Star program suggests that 120 degrees water temperature suffices […]
January 21, 2016

A Zoning System Can Save You Energy and Money

In the average household, heating and cooling accounts for approximately 40 percent of total annual energy consumption. If you currently have a single-zone HVAC system with one thermostat to control your furnace, heat pump or air conditioner, installing a zoning system can help you save energy and lower your annual operating costs. How Zoned Systems Work Zoned systems use motorized ductwork dampers to divide a home into multiple independent sections or zones. Each zone has a thermostat that’s wired to […]