S.E.E.R. stands for Seasonal Energy ,Efficiency Ratio, the standard measurement of air conditioning efficiency established by the U.S. Department of Energy. What does this mean to you? Higher S.E.E.R. ratings translate into greater energy efficiency which means lower summer cooling
Modulating Furnace Most furnaces are either “off”, providing no heat, or “on” at full capacity, with the burner and blower operating at 100 percent. This causes the temperature in your house to go up and down by several degrees –
The efficiency of a furnace is measured in a rating known as A.F.U.E. (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). A lot like your car’s miles per gallon rating, A.F.U.E. tells you how efficiently the furnace converts fuel (gas, oil or propane) into
Carbon Monoxide (CO) plug-in detectors have a limited lifespan – 10 years and some are fewer than five years if you purchased your detector somewhere else. Many people think they can just plug in their CO detector and forget it.
A standard 1″” throw-away furnace filter is between 5-10% particle efficient. This means that across the particle size spectrum, these filters will only trap about 5-10% of what passes through them. You can improve the efficiency of the filtration of
You should change your standard 1″ furnace filter every 6-8 weeks. Believe it or not, a filter actually becomes more efficient as it get dirtier…up to a point. After peak efficiency is reached, the efficiency drops again. Make sure to
Adjust the louvers inside the registers on the wall or floor in the room where too much heat/cooling is present so that the registers are partially closed. For example, to get more cooling upstairs during hot summer months, partially or
If I go away for a few days or even longer during the winter, at what temperature should I set my thermostat?
We recommend 55 degrees. It`s low enough to save you energy and money but warm enough to protect your pipes and other vital parts of your structure. Also, it`s a good idea to turn your main water supply off even
Naturally, you would expect a heating contractor to recommend an annual furnace cleaning as we do. But we do so for a number of reasons. A cleaning means that your furnace will operate more efficiently, getting more heat for your
My thermostat is equipped with a two position setting for the fan, “automatic” and “on”. Where should I set it?
The two positions are usually used in conjunction with a central air cleaning system. The normal setting is on ‘automatic’ and the fan`s cycle will be controlled by the temperature in the room. However, if your home is equipped with