Fighting over the thermostat

It’s the age-old argument that’s introduced Strife to many relationships.

The temperature of your home.

No matter what, we can’t seem to bridge the gender gap when it comes to the thermostat. So, why are women always reaching for extra layers while men complain about how warm the houses? Well, apparently it’s not just another gender stereotype. It turns out that genetic differences between men and women cause them to feel cold differently. Women have a more evenly distributed fat layer which allows them to pull warm blood back to their core organs. This explains why a woman’s core temperature is higher than a man’s. Female bodies are more effective at storing heat than male bodies. When all of the blood is pulled back to the core, that leaves a little warmth for a woman’s extremities. Our extremities determine when we are cold or hot. So when a woman’s hand and feet experience a drop in temperature, they feel cold immediately. The body’s metabolism is responsible for producing heat energy. Because men have a naturally higher metabolic rate than women, their bodies are able to produce heat at a higher rate. That means that men don’t feel the cold as easily as women do. But, that also means that men have a lower tolerance for warmer temperatures than women do. Not everything is determined by your gender when it comes to feeling warm or hot. Other factors that affect how easily you feel the cold include your body’s amount of fat, how active you are, and whether you smoke or not. To prevent thermostat wars without sacrificing any one’s comfort you can upgrade to a programmable thermostat or zone your HVAC system and both genders can be comfortable at the same time in a home.

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Pollutants in your home

Not all pollutants are commonly detected by homeowners when just looking around the house. The shocking truth is the air inside your home can be between 2 to 5 times more polluted than they are outdoors. Keep your family safe and make your health a priority by actively acknowledging pollutants in your home and removing them with helpful pointers. You don’t have to be an avid duster to know that dust will coat the services and walls within your home. Put your family’s Health First by efficiently dusting furniture and shelves from top to bottom, and wiping down countertops and electronics often. Eliminate the amount of dust in your home by washing linens and curtains, vacuuming floors, and even your mattress frequently. as the front door opens and closes all day long. One thing becomes more evident in your home, which is dirt. As you and your guests come and go, dirt gets tracked through your home, adding to the pollutants residing in your space. Consistent vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping of tile, wood, and carpet areas is the easiest way to diminish the amount of dirt on your floor. Consider keeping a shoe rack at the entrance of your home to avoid a mess being tracked across your floor. Between wet surfaces and food prep stations, the kitchen can easily grow bacteria and have airborne pollutants. The common kitchen sponge is a bacteria magnet but nuking it in an inch of water in a microwave for a minute can kill the bacteria that are on it. Use 3 tablespoons of bleach in a diluted water concoction to wipe down and eliminate bacteria on your surfaces. Since the bathroom is a naturally damp and moist environment, mold loves to find its new home right within your shower or sink. Prevent breathing in this unwanted house guest by regularly spraying vinegar on surfaces. Let it air-dry to kill mold spores and eliminate mold growth. Remember to turn on your exhaust fan while showering to properly provide ventilation in your bathroom.

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Things that keep your AC bills high

There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal.

But, using the oven and stove in your home introduces more heat into your home. Your central air conditioner works by removing heat from your home, the more heat you put into your home, the more it has to work. The more it works, the higher your AC bill. Things that you can do to minimize this problem by grilling some meals outside, trying some meals that don’t require to be cooked, and only using your oven or stove in the evenings and mornings when it is cooler outside. Just like your oven and your stove, when you use your dryer, you are introducing more heat into your home which raises your AC bills. When the weather permits, hang dry your clothes. Not only does this save on your energy bills, but your clothes will also last longer. Another way he can make its way into your home is through your windows. Blinds can reduce the heat gain into your home by up to 45%. Yet, most of us leave our blinds open all day, every day, even while we’re away from home. Instead, close your blinds. If you’re at home during the day and want some sunlight too, at least try to keep any west and south facing windows covered. If you are gone for 8 hours a day or more, leaving your thermostat at the same setting all day can cost you some serious cash. Instead, using a programmable thermostat that automatically raises the temperature when you leave and cools it back off before you get home, is a great solution to lower the cost of your energy usage every month.


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Turning off your AC when you aren't home

Most homeowners assume that the best way to save money on cooling costs is to turn the air conditioner off when they are not at home.

But there’s a much better way. Turning your thermostat up instead of turning it completely off will save you more money on cooling costs. It’s suggested that turning the set temperature up 7 to 10 degrees while you’re away for the day is a better option because it protects your home from mold and bugs, saves you money, and keeps you comfortable. Turning off your air conditioner can cause your home’s indoor humidity levels to soar and two gross Intruders who love humidity are mold and bugs. Your air conditioner doesn’t just cool your air but it also dehumidifies it. So when you turn your AC completely off, it won’t take long for the humidity in your home to soar to upwards of 60%, which is ideal for mold growth and bug infestations. But, if you turn the thermostat up 7 to 10 degrees, your AC will kick on every once in awhile to control the indoor humidity and maintain a healthy humidity level between 45 and 55%. No one loves coming home to a humid and stuffy house. But, that’s what you’re setting yourself up for when you turn your AC system completely off. You can also save 10% on cooling cost throughout the summer by keeping your thermostat on. When you raise the thermostat, you decrease the difference between the outside and inside temperature. That lowers your AC’s workload and saves you energy. If you are not sure if you can remember to raise the thermostat 7-10 degrees every morning, think about investing in a programmable thermostat which can change the temperature automatically for you so you won’t have to remember to do it all of the time.

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Duct Cleaning Benefits

Duct cleaning and sanitation are becoming a more prevalent service due to the challenges of Covid-19.

This process involves the removal of debris and dust from your ducts while sanitizing the vents to kill mold and other bacteria.

Many people aren’t aware of what the service brings to the table. Both cleaning and sanitizing your air ducts can help protect your home from airborne viruses and bacteria. Clearing mold, mildew, and dust eliminate the chance of bacterial growth. This is extremely important today with the threat of contracting Covid-19, even right within your home. If it were obvious already, cleaning your air ducts allows clean and fresh air to circulate through your home. You will avoid musty smells or odd odors coming through your vents and into your house. When debris and dust are removed from your ventilation system, your air quality will improve. This is crucial for those with breathing issues or allergy-like symptoms. With the removal of mold through a filter system, you can side with relief at breathing in cleaner air. Who doesn’t love a cleaner home? An additional benefit to duct cleaning and sanitation is the additional cleanliness to your system. When dust and debris are removed from your vents with the addition of proper sanitation, mold and mildew will be eliminated. Cleaning and sanitizing your air vents can bring benefits to your health and your comfort. Removing debris can lead to clean, pure air and eliminate the potential harmful airborne bacteria circulating throughout your home.

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Evaporator Coils and Condenser Coils don't match

On the other hand, if your evaporator coil is larger than the condenser coils, it will cool the home well but will remove little to no moisture from the air

It is bad if your evaporator coils are bigger or smaller than your condenser coils. If the size of your evaporator and condenser coils do not match, it can result in higher monthly energy costs, reduced unit lifespan, decreased comfort, and warranty violations. Evaporator coils sit inside your AC indoor unit. Condenser coils are located at the outdoor unit. Manufacturers purposely designed both sets of coils to work in tandem to remove heat and moisture from your home. In an ideal AC unit, the two sets of coils are designed to match in capacity. In other words, the evaporator should be sized perfectly to soak up only as much heat as the condenser coils can dump into the outdoor air during one cooling cycle. There are some problems that can pop up when these coils don’t match in size. When your evaporator and condenser coils are mismatched in size, the smaller size coils won’t be able to keep up with the capacity of the larger size coils which forces the entire system to run longer. The longer your system runs, the more energy that it eats up. When AC coils are improperly matched, the efficiency and lifespan of these systems are significantly compromised. They put extra stress on your AC system. For example, if one set of coils is continually working harder to keep up with the other, it will eventually lead to extensive repairs and possibly early failure. If your condenser and evaporator coils do not match in size, it can also lead to higher temperatures and humidity levels in the home. If your evaporator coil is smaller than the condenser coils it might provide better dehumidification but it can’t cool the home as well. On the other hand, if your evaporator coil is larger than the condenser coils, it will cool the home well but will remove little to no moisture from the air. Most manufacturers specify that if you replace either the evaporator coil or condenser coil it must be the same size otherwise they will avoid any remaining time on the warranty. Manufacturers specifically designed both coils to work together and if one is replaced with a different size, manufacturers know that repairs and possible system failures are inevitable.

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High Humidity can destroy your home

High humidity in your home is uncomfortable.

But, did you know it’s also bad for you and your home? Ideally, humidity levels in your home should hover around 45%.

But many homes have much more than that. Anything over 50% is too high. It can lead to some pretty nasty issues such as mold and mildew growth, insect infestations, and annoying home repairs. When your homes humidity level reaches above 50%, it’s being pushed into the mold growing range of relative humidity. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores and these spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Molds can start growing in your home when spores land on surfaces that are warm and moist. Not only can mold and mildew cause damage to whatever it’s growing on, but they can also pollute your homes air and increase the occurrence of colds, allergies, and other illnesses. Some insect infestations are related to the presence of mold and mildew. Others are related to the presence of high humidity alone. Insects simply find environments with high humidity to be warm and cozy. These insects don’t drink water but instead they absorb moisture from the air. Might populations thrive in environments with 80% relative humidity but they are minimized when the relative humidity is below 50%. In most cases, insect infestations are close to water leaks or some other moisture problem within your home. When indoor humidity levels are too high, the buildup of excess moisture in your walls and ceilings can cause structural damage that can be costly due to riding, warping, and corrosion. Other repair issues associated with high humidity include peeling wall paint, crumbling drywall, wet insulation, and leaking roofs. So, now that you know why high humidity in your home is bad there are ways that you can deal with it. If you are still experiencing high humidity inside your home you may have a serious problem involving your AC system that will require the assistance of an HVAC professional who can test for excessive humidity levels and may recommend a dehumidifier.


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Managing Holiday Energy Bills

Hosting guests can really run up your monthly utility bill unless you find ways to cut back on electricity use.

But there are some easy energy saving tips that will keep your guests happy and your wallet full.

They are turning down your water heater temperature, being aware of peak electricity prices, and using a programmable thermostat. Adding more people to your household means a lot more hot water usage, which means more work for your water heater and higher energy bills. The easiest way to fix this problem is by lowering the temperature on your water heater. Lowering the thermostat 10 degrees on your water heater can reduce the amount of electricity it uses by 3 to 5%. Your electricity provider has on peak hours, meaning that in periods of high demand for electricity, the cost of electricity increases. So to save money, you want to try cutting back on your electricity usage during peak hours and save it for off peak hours when possible. On-peak hours are usually 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Also, avoid running these energy guzzling appliances such as washing machine and clothes dryers, dishwashers, space heaters, electric ovens, and water heaters. You can also save 10% on your yearly energy bills by simply turning your thermostat and back 7 to 10 degrees for 8 hours every day and night. During the day, keep your thermostat set to 81 degrees while you’re away and 78° only while you’re at home and you need cooling. At night, switch to heat but keep your thermostat set to a cool 62 degrees or lower. That means your heating system will only come on when your home dips below that temperature. That’s where a programmable thermostat comes in handy. With programmable thermostats, you can set a schedule to automatically switch temperatures whenever you want.

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Don’t Kill Your Air Conditioner

Forgetting to change your air filter is one of the ways That you can actually kill your air conditioner.

When the filter gets too dirty and blocks air flow over the AC evaporator coil this causes your coil to get too cold and freeze up.

After it freezes up, liquid refrigerant flows back to the outside unit compressor. Since compressors can only compress refrigerant in gas form, the liquid refrigerant destroys the compressor. This will make you have to replace your compressor which is very expensive or you may have to get a new outside unit. Remember to check your filter once a month and change it as needed. Closing air vents in unused rooms it’s something that you thought could save you some money. But closing the vents can actually cause your evaporator coil to freeze up just like the dirty air filter. When you close air vents, you increase pressure in the duct system. Your typical AC blower is only designed to work against a certain amount of pressure. Extra pressure can slow the blower speed down. A slower blower speed means less air flow over the evaporator coil and causes the same problems as a dirty air filter. So be sure to leave all of your air vents open. Your air conditioner isn’t exactly the definition of beauty. So you might decide that you want to cover the outside unit with bushes or a fence or a decorative cover. But, covering the outside unit causes the AC compressor to overheat. Your AC system works like a heat sponge. It absorbs heat from your home’s air and then dumps that heat outside. But, if the outside unit is smothered by a fence, cover, or bush, it struggles to release heat outside. This causes the AC to run longer, eventually overheating the compressor as a result. Don’t cover the top of your AC outside unit and be sure to keep a minimum of 2 ft of space free around the unit on all sides.



Accidentally voiding your AC warranty

Imagine being hit with a $1,500 or more AC repair just a few months after having it installed.

Now imagine having to pay for it out-of-pocket even though your AC system came with a manufacturer’s warranty all because you avoided your AC warranty without realizing it.

This happens to homeowners more than you would expect. AC manufacturers don’t make it easy to keep your AC warranty valid because they don’t want to pay for your AC repairs. But you can avoid this nightmare by not accidentally voiding your warranty. Most homeowners don’t realize that they actually have to register their AC system with the manufacturer. Otherwise, the lifespan of their warranty is significantly reduced or worse, their warranty becomes void from the get-go. Usually there is a specific deadline to complete the registration which is oftwb 60 to 90 days from it being installed. Manufacturers will automatically void your AC warranty if they know that any single component within your system was replaced with an off-brand part. An off-brand part is any part that was made by a company other than the original manufacturer. Skipping your annual maintenance might be tempting but resist that urge. This is because most AC manufacturers require homeowners to get their AC maintained and keep record of their maintenance visit at least once a year, otherwise the AC warranty will become void. The worst part about skipping AC maintenance is that it makes you even more at risk of an expensive AC repair bill in the future. Quality AC maintenance will inspect the system to catch and correct small AC problems before they become expensive repairs later on. Signing up for an AC maintenance plan versus one single maintenance visit gives you more bang for your buck and usually these plans offer AC maintenance visits a year, discounted repairs, discounted service calls, etc, in exchange for a low monthly fee.
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