So you might be wondering: why on earth would I post an entry during SPRING about HEAT?
Well, about a month ago we had a little issue at our house. The air conditioner stopped working.
Let me just say that if the air conditioning stops working in a home in FLORIDA, that’s a cause for concern. Some of our temps have already reached 90 degrees this year, and with no air conditioning to keep the house cool, well. That’s just uncalled for!
As we all know, keeping your home heated during the winter and cool in the summer can translate into high utility bills. A good way to combat the high cost of energy is by properly re-insulating your home routinely. Other ways include a number of energy-saving programs that ask you to sacrifice energy use during peak times of the day in exchange for a lower power bill. And of course, you can always replace old equipment with new energy-efficient devices.
In the end we had to have a brand new system installed. And one of the reasons why we couldn’t fix the current system instead of replacing everything was due to the type of gas it was running on.
However, in the midst of this discussion is the one related to the benefits of gas heaters versus electric ones. While both have their caveats, experts almost always agree that gas heating is almost always a better choice. In fact, most gas heater services in Melbourne support the use of gas heaters over electric for most homes. Why?
Here in Florida, we deal with all kinds of weather. And it’s pretty typical for Monday to be 50 degrees and sunny, and Tuesday to be 80 degrees and pouring rain. So, from one day to the next, you never really know what you’re gonna get on the thermostat. Which means that there are days when our air conditioner doesn’t run at all. And there are days when it does nothing BUT run, poor thing.
When we moved into this house, my hubby did lots of research on the air conditioning unit – things like what to keep it set on to make sure we stayed energy efficient, and when it should be serviced, and how often the filter would need changing. The typical stuff.
But not long after, we had a small issue with it, and called our local AC service folks out. After the issue was corrected, they recommended a programmable thermostat, to which my husband quickly agreed. If it’s a new gadget or techie item, he’s all about it!
Programmable thermostats are a newer innovation for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems that allow for finer control of indoor temperatures than ever before. These thermostats engage at certain times of the day, letting you cut energy costs the rest of the time. Using one effectively requires some thought about how to set it up. Below, you’ll find some tips on using your programmable thermostat as effectively as possible.
On Versus Auto
Many people just turn their HVAC on without paying attention to the thermostat settings, and that is a mistake. Most thermostats have two major settings, “on” or “auto.” Turning your system to “on” leaves the fan operating constantly. This keeps the air quality in your home high by constantly bringing in outside air, but does so at the cost of increased energy bills and air filters which are constantly exposed to dirt, clogging them much quicker. Set to auto, your fan turns on instead when a temperature threshold passes, saving energy but doing little to help air freshness.