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A programmable thermostat adjusts the temperature in your home even when you’re outside or asleep. Using a programmable thermostat will save you money and make your home more comfortable. Watch this video to find out how to use a programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat can save up to $110 or more per year, and should be installed by your local HVAC company. For optimal efficiency, program your thermostat to a colder temperature, ideally 5 or 10 degrees cooler, when you are asleep or away from home. Then program the thermostat to switch back to the normal temperature one hour before the first person in the house wakes up or returns from work.
Contact Vernon Heating & Air of Fairfax to have a programmable thermostat installed in your home. Visit our website to learn about the HVAC maintenance, repair, and replacement we have offered the Fairfax area since 1972. If you have any questions, please call us at (202) 683-9248.
Last updated 10 days ago
In 2010, the average household paid more than $1400 for electricity. Though you cannot bring that figure to zero, there are several ways you can reduce your utility bills significantly and reduce your home’s carbon footprint. Here are a few home efficiency tips to get you started:
Update Your Appliances
Some of the most energy-hungry appliances in your home include the furnace, water heater, refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machine. If you suspect that one or all of these appliances aren’t operating properly, have a professional perform repairs. If one of these appliances is more than 15 years old, consider replacing it with a highly efficient Energy Star model.
Install More Insulation
Believe it or not, heat can escape straight through your wall if you don’t have the right insulation. Ask a professional to determine the current R-value of your insulation and whether you need to add more. It’s especially important to insulate your attic, as too much heat in your attic could cause damaging ice dams to develop during the winter.
Seal Doors and Windows
Like most homes, your home is probably filled with small cracks through which warm air can escape. If you can see daylight around the edges of your windows and doors, or if you feel a draft, that means you’re losing money each month. Consider closing off these weak spots with caulking or weatherstripping.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
If you still have a manual thermostat, you’re likely spending way more on energy than you need to. With a programmable thermostat, you can program your climate control system to raise the temperature when you’re home and lower the temperature while you’re asleep or away. This can save you up to $200 a year and a significant amount of hassle.
The experts at Vernon Heating & Air will gladly help you reduce your Fairfax home’s energy bill. If suspect that something is wrong with your furnace or air conditioner, give us a call at (202) 683-9248. Our thoroughly trained technicians are standing by to perform necessary HVAC repairs.
Last updated 12 days ago
As a consumer, you want to know what you can expect from a product before you buy it. This is as true for a cooling system as it is for toaster. When shopping for a cooling system, be sure to look at its SEER rating, as it will tell you how efficiently the system will cool your home.
A cooling system’s seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating is that system’s cooling output divided by its electrical input. The higher the ratio, the more efficiently an air conditioner operates. As of 2006, the U.S. government requires that all new air conditioning systems have at least a SEER-13 rating. Some air conditioning manufacturers have gone well beyond the government’s minimum requirement and created SEER-18, SEER-20, and even more efficient units. Buying an air conditioner with a high SEER rating won’t just help you save money; it can also help reduce your carbon footprint.
Vernon Heating & Air can install your new air conditioner and provide the necessary maintenance over its lifespan. If you have any questions about our furnace and air conditioning repair services, call our Fairfax-area office at (202) 683-9248.
Last updated 18 days ago
Like most homeowners, you likely have a difficult time keeping your home clean. If you have to force yourself to clean the parts that people can see, then you probably can’t be bothered to clean the hidden areas—your air ducts, for example. Still, cleaning your home’s air ducts is an important part of home maintenance. Here are a few reasons why:
Do you sometimes hear a scurrying sound coming from your ducts? If so, you may have a pest problem. Cockroaches, rodents, and other pests are always looking for sheltered areas where they can live undisturbed. Since you probably don’t check your air ducts that often, pests could move in without your knowledge. If you allow pests to live in your ducts, they could eventually spread to other parts of your home and cause further damage. That’s why it’s important to have a professional clean your ducts every four or five years.
Improving Indoor Air Quality
Since your ducts are responsible for distributing air throughout your home, any contaminants in your ducts will quickly spread everywhere. Skin flakes from pests can lead to allergic reactions, while fungus spores can spread damaging mold throughout your home. To prevent minor problems from getting worse, have air duct specialists clean your ducts using techniques recommended by the National Air Duct Association.
Boosting Energy Efficiency
If something is blocking any part of your heating and cooling system, your system will have to expend more energy than usual, which in turn will drive up your energy bills. Since heating and cooling can account for 50% or more of your energy bill, making your system as efficient as possible can help you save considerable money. Cleaning your HVAC system’s components, including the ductwork, is a great way to reduce your utility bill.
Vernon Heating & Air provides residential air duct cleaning throughout Fairfax and surrounding areas. With our fleet of over 65 service trucks, we are always ready to address whatever heating or air conditioning issue is plaguing you. Call us at (202) 683-9248 or visit our website to get a better idea of our services.
Last updated 20 days ago
Your furnace filter is important for protecting your furnace’s components while maintaining good indoor air quality. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your furnace filter, now would be a good time to do so.
The expert in this video discusses important furnace filter considerations and demonstrates how to replace a furnace filter. He says that fiberglass filters only trap between 5-20% of the dust in your home, while more efficient filters can capture 80-90%. He recommends changing the filter once every 90 days, or more often if you live with pets or in a dusty environment.
Though replacing a furnace filter is simple, other aspects of furnace maintenance are a lot more complex. For help handling your furnace or air conditioning repair needs, call Vernon Heating & Air of Fairfax at (202) 683-9248.