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What to Do When Your Furnace Can’t Keep Up with the Thermostat

Blocked ducts, from years of dirt and debris, can prevent the warm air from getting into the home.  This restricted air flow means that your heating system has to work even harder, and often cannot maintain the set temperature when the weather outside is especially cold.

The recent frigid temperatures had really put a Hudson homeowner’s heating system to the test.  Despite his thermostat setting, the home was 2-3 degrees cooler than the set temperature, yet the unit seemed to be working overtime just to maintain this deficit.

Regular Maintenance Can Prevent Blocked Ducts

Over the years, dust and dirt can collect in your home’s ductwork.  Without regular maintenance to clean these ducts, this can restrict the air flow over time significantly enough to affect the performance of your home’s heating system. 

If you suspect that blocked ducts may be the problem, perform a visual check to ensure that there is nothing obvious blocking the air flow.  You can remove anything that is immediately at the vent, but hire a professional for cleaning any further in the duct.

It May Be Time to Replace Your Unit

On other occasions the heating system may simply not be able to keep up.  This can be the case if it is an older unit in need of replacement.  Using more energy to heat the home is a good sign that something is wrong and you should schedule a professional to take a look at your system.

In the case of the Hudson homeowner, a technician was able to perform some routine maintenance on the unit, cleaning the blocked ducts and eliminating that restricted airflow.  Scheduling regular maintenance on the system will prevent this in the future and this homeowner can now enjoy a warm home all winter long.

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.

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How Can a Ceiling Fan Heat a Home in the Winter?

Bedford Homeowner in Baffled

Ceiling fans are effective in the winter to distribute the air, and subsequent heat, in a room. The ceiling fan’s blades need to change direction, moving clockwise. Many fans have a switch that allows you to make this change. Traveling clockwise, the blades push the warmer air in the room down, making it feel more comfortable even at a lower thermostat setting.
A Bedford homeowner was looking for more cost-effective ways to heat his home this winter. When we suggested he use his living room’s ceiling fan he was blown away.

Prevent Ice and Snow Damage to Your Home

How to Prevent Ice and Snow Damage to Your Home

To prevent your home’s pipes from freezing and cracking during the winter, drain excess water from outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems. You should also disconnect any outdoor hoses, covering the faucets with insulators. Pipes traveling through unheated areas such as the garage, basement or attic should be insulated. To avoid ice dams, clean out gutters and keep your roof clear with a roof rake, removing the excess weight that accumulating snow can cause.