Today’s programmable thermostats have a setting that allows
you to manually set the temperature up or down if you find that the reading is
wrong. Manual thermostats do not have
this option and often need to be replaced when their reading is inaccurate.
A family in Litchfield noticed that their home seemed colder
than unusual, despite the reading on the thermostat. It isn’t uncommon for a programmable
thermostat to need to be recalibrated over time to ensure the most accurate
Checking the Accuracy
of Your Thermostat
There are many factors that can cause your thermostat to
need to be recalibrated, from accidental bumping to dirt entering the
thermostat. Fortunately, with today’s
programmable thermostats this is a relatively easy fix. The first step is to check the thermostat’s
accuracy. You can do this by taping a
glass thermometer to the wall beside the thermostat. Wait fifteen minutes and then compare the
thermometer with your thermostat. If the
reading is off, your thermostat will need to be adjusted.
Most programmable thermostats allow you to make these
adjustments yourself, using the settings within the thermostat. You should refer to the manual for
instructions on how to do this for your brand of thermostat.
Cleaning the Inside
of the Thermostat
Dirt inside the thermostat can be a big factor for this
inaccurate reading. You can clean the
inside of the thermostat by removing the cover and gently cleaning the inside
with a soft, dry brush or cloth.
Removing any dirt inside the thermostat may do the trick, so you should
recheck the accuracy using your thermometer after cleaning.
The family in Litchfield was able to manually recalibrate
their thermostat and they are now once again comfortable at home.
A ductless mini-split mounted on the wall can efficiently add heat and air conditioning to a room. Ideal for areas of the home where there is no ductwork, this is a much safer option than a space heater and can be left on when unattended keeping the room warm.
A homeowner in Bedford contacted us looking for an option to
make her sunroom usable all year round, particularly during the cold New
England winter. We suggested a ductless
mini-split in her sunroom.
Turn Your 3-Season
Room Into a 4-Season Room
Mounted on the wall of a sunroom, a ductless mini-split can
be very efficient at keeping the room warm and usable during the winter
months. It can also keep the room cool
on those very hot days with its air conditioning setting. A ductless unit can heat and cool a large
area, or a small home. It is best used
for supplementing additional heat and air conditioning or adding heating and
cooling options to a room that does not have ductwork.
Most sunrooms do not have existing ductwork. It can be costly to put this in, connecting
it to the home’s HVAC system. A ductless
mini-split is a much more efficient and cost-effective way to use this space
during the winter months.
Installing a Ductless
The ductless system mounts high on the wall in the sunroom and an outdoor air compressor is located outside of the home. The installation process is relatively non-invasive, particularly when considering what adding ductwork to the sunroom would entail.
The homeowner in Bedford opted to install a ductless unit in
her sunroom and is comfortably enjoying the winter and this extra space in her
Tankless water heaters use 30-50% less energy than standard water heaters. They are also more compact, often mounting on a wall. Because they use less energy, tankless water heaters can last twice as long as their counterparts.
A homeowner in Londonderry was looking to replace his water eater. Always looking for ways to make his home more energy efficient and save money during the process, he inquired
about tankless water heaters.
For an Energy Efficient
Solution, Consider a Tankless Water Heater
Tankless water heaters heat the water in your home only when the faucet is turned on. This is a significant energy savings over standard water heaters that are continuously keeping 40 – 50 gallons of water in the tank heated. Despite this on-demand heating, tankless systems offer a continuous supply of hot water. A tankless unit’s life span will also outlast a standard water heater by nearly double.
Smaller tankless water heaters may struggle to keep up with the hot water demands of a large, busy household. There are larger tankless heaters that can meet these requirements but these are more expensive.
Up Front Costs and
Expensive Installation Can Deter Some Customers
The initial cost to purchase a tankless water heater is much higher than a standard unit. While the cost savings will add up over the years, this initial investment can deter some homeowners from this type of water heater. The installation costs of a tankless water heater are also higher, as they require a special venting system.
The homeowner in Londonderry opted to go with a tankless water heater. While his initial costs were more up front, he will be able to enjoy the energy efficiency savings for many years to come.
Nashua Homeowner Discovers
A multi-zone heating and cooling system can solve the problem of uneven temperatures throughout the home, eliminating hot and cold pockets in rooms. You can also adjust different the temperature to various areas. With a single-zone system, the entire home will be set to one temperature.