Why Do We Need Seasonal Maintenance? 30-Nov-2017
Is Home Automation for Me? 15-Dec-2017
Home Insulation: Proper Maintenance Can Save You Money
Why Do We Need Seasonal Maintenance?
Air conditioning manufacturers now require that you have your air conditioner maintained to keep your warranty valid.
When you purchase a new HVAC system, you receive a warranty that covers certain HVAC repairs, replacement of major parts, guarantee of faulty equipment, etc. What you may not realize is that it’s possible to void that warranty, even accidentally, which could cause you to go through another pricey heating and air installation.
Here are some examples:
Lennox’s warranty card: “Failure to provide maintenance per Lennox instructions will void this warranty.”
Trane: “The Products must be properly installed, operated, and maintained by a licensed HVAC technician….. Failure to conform to such specifications and/or instructions shall void this limited warranty.”
Carrier is a bit more vague, but the effect is the same: “In addition to the routine maintenance that you perform, your home comfort system should be inspected regularly by a properly trained service technician.”
Lennox, Carrier, Trane and most other manufacturers state that the air conditioner should get professional maintenance annually. For heat pumps, they require you have it tuned up twice a year: once before summer and then again before winter. Without proper maintenance, you have greater potential for expensive HVAC repair, or may even need a new air conditioning install.
If you are considering a preventive maintenance plan on your system, whether it be 6 months or 6 years old, it is better to take action sooner rather than later. The longer you postpone performing regular check-up work on your heating and air, the more prone the equipment will be to unexpected breakdowns.
We do not require monthly or annual fees for maintenance plans. We come out in the spring and fall and perform maintenance at a set price – no contracts, no club memberships, no obligations.
Home insulation is one of the cheapest components of home maintenance, yet has the largest potential for saving money over the course of the life of a building.
Does your home have an attic space and/or garage? These areas in your house are usually the most insufficiently ventilated and this can have a major impact on the rest of your home. Without attic insulation and ventilation, you can lose conditioned air quickly, making your home more difficult and more expensive to keep comfortable. Garage door insulation is another good trick to keep your home stable throughout the seasons.
A good, quick way to check if you need insulation is to look across your attic floor. If the existing insulation comes up just to the tops of the joists, then you probably need to add foam insulation. If you can’t see the joists and the insulation is well above the tops of the joists, you’re probably okay.
Blown in insulation is great at filling the gaps and giving you a good, complete layer of foam insulation. The technician, taking his best firefighter pose, holds a large hose and blows the insulation into the attic. A large machine outside churns the chunks and uses air to blow them up through the hose.
The long-term payoff is notable as well. By using spray foam insulation, you could see your energy bills go down by as much as 15% to 25% depending on your climate and existing levels of insulation.
Is home automation for me and what can I automate?
Home automation systems refer specifically to things in your home that can be programmed to run automatically. In the past, those were pretty basic - lamp timers, programmable thermostats, etc. but that's small potatoes thanks to the overabundance of smart home systems now aimed at average consumers such as ourselves.
Now, smart home products are immense, ranging from lights and locks to cameras and coffee makers. Some of the best home automation categories include light bulbs, switches, home security, door locks, cameras and climate control. The promise is that these smart home devices can save you time, money or make your life a little easier. For example, an automated lamp might turn on by itself as soon as you walk into the room. Or an automated thermostat might turn the heat down when it detects you've left for the day, then back on when it thinks you're on your way back. Home automation systems are the way of the future.
We’ve come a long way from mercury thermostats that require shutting one eye and adjusting the level oh-so-slightly or dial plug-in timer for our Christmas lights. We now allow you to have more home control, and you can relax a little more.
One other thing: don't ignore voice control. Alexa, Siri and the Google Assistant have proven to be capable smart home devices.
Just don’t say “'I see a little silhouetto of a man”….
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There's a new thermostat on the block and its name is EcoBee.
To be honest, it's not new. EcoBee has been around since 2007, right around the time that everything became “Smart”. However, EcoBee was pushed into a corner by both Nest and Honeywell Lyric. But we’re now in the era of the comeback. The Ecobee folks channeled their inner Cavs, Indians, and Patriots and ran down the competition to take their official place in the smart thermostat scene. And to jump ahead of the competition, they even went next level and added remote sensors.
Sure, smart thermostats are cool. They allow you to monitor and control your home's temperature from your smartphone, PC or tablet. But what they’re really great for is saving money. A small wireless sensor (included with the thermostat) is placed in the room that is too cold and the thermostat will keep the heat on until it senses that room has warmed up enough. There is an option of adding more sensors. It's a zone system for single units!
Recently, EcoBee teamed with Amazon Echo to create a match made in heaven for those who want to stay on the cutting edge. Now you can simply ask Alexa to adjust the temperature setting and instantly feel the room heat or cool to the perfect temperature. It just doesn't get any better than that!
Have questions about EcoBee or want to learn more about the heating and cooling solutions that our team can provide? Our qualified and factory trained technicians are able to service all makes and models of HVAC equipment. Contact us at 615-83-GREEN (615-834-7336), we provide you free estimates on replacements!