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Archive for February, 2019

Multi-Zone Heating And Cooling System Thermostat - Joyce Cooling and Heating, Nashua, NH

Does My Thermostat Need to Be Calibrated?

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 reading.

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.

Sunroom

What is the Most Economical Way to Heat a Sunroom?

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 Mini-Split

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 home.

Rinnai Tankless Water Heaters

What are the Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater?

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.