Smart Thermostats vs Programmable Thermostats

If you’re trying to improve the energy efficiency of your home, consider upgrading your thermostat. Though your HVAC system is what cools and heats your home, your thermostat is what controls when it actually turns on. Both programmable thermostats and smart thermostats are available to control this, but smart thermostats are generally more effective. What is a Programmable Thermostat? Most homes come with some form of programmable thermostat. This is a thermostat that has a simple computer device in it that controls when the HVAC system turns on. A programmable thermostat may be set to keep the temperature at exactly
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How Candles Affect Indoor Air Quality

Candles make a room smell great, and many people use them to provide a calmer, more relaxing environment. For thousands of years, people have used candles for light, heat, and to send signals. In emergencies, candles are necessary even in the modern age. Even in the days of electric light, candles are so popular that they are one of the most common gifts. Unfortunately, candles can have a negative effect on the air inside any building where they’re being used. How Do Candles Affect Indoor Air Quality Negatively? When a substance burns, it produces soot and releases smoke into the
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Benefits of Routine AC Maintenance

Think of your air conditioner as you would your car. You rely on your vehicle for transportation, and in order to keep it running better for longer, you make sure it gets oil changes, tire rotations, tune-ups, and other manufacturer-recommended maintenance when it reaches certain milestones. Failure to do so, and it would likely run poorly, cost more to repair and need to be replaced sooner. Importance of AC Maintenance You also rely on your air conditioner for something important – comfort. And like your vehicle, a lack of proper maintenance on your AC unit is the No. 1 reason
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3 Energy Efficiency Air Conditioning Tips

HVAC energy efficiency begins with the mindset of utilizing less and getting more out of what you have. Since most homes and businesses have HVAC systems that represent a crucial portion of their typical energy costs (approximately 50-60%), energy efficiency is a factor that cannot be ignored at all costs. Today, we will share the top 3 ways to enhance your air conditioner’s energy efficiency. 1. Retrofitting Are you relocating to a new home or you are just fed up with fixing your old unit? Do you want to buy time before investing in another new system or you want
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What Does it Mean to be EPA Certified?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a division of the United States government, sets the standards for all HVAC systems. Systems that fail to meet EPA standards carry heavy penalties from the government, making EPA certification essential for HVAC installation. If you have an HVAC system, you’ll want to work with licensed professionals for installation, maintenance, and repair services to avoid issues. While some states specifically list EPA Certification as part of the state licensure for HVAC professionals, Colorado does not require state licensing for this industry. However, EPA Certification per Section 608 is a federal legal requirement for anyone handling
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Can Air Conditioning Trigger Asthma?

We depend on our HVAC units to provide air conditioning to our homes and businesses when the weather is warm. In addition, air conditioning is also responsible for preventing excess humidity from allowing mold and mildew to freely thrive indoors. But, are they the cause of health issues such as triggering asthma problems? What Is Inside Of Your Home? The air conditioner itself isn’t the trigger to asthma problems, but rather the pollutants and organisms that are already present in the air are the culprits. The air conditioning system pulls air into the compressor from the inside of the home
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Why Do Air Conditioning Units Freeze Up?

One of the most common issues with air conditioners that we run into is a unit that has completely frozen up on the homeowner. While air conditioners are supposed to keep you cool, the units themselves are never supposed to freeze up — literally. If you walk into your utility room and see that your AC is covered in a coat of frost, there is a problem going on. When your air conditioning unit freezes up, it is indicative of some problems going on in your system. Unfortunately, there isn’t just one trigger for a frozen air conditioning unit, there
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Tips to Extend the Life and Performance of Your Air Conditioner

Too often we don’t think about it until we are forced to – and then it is usually too late. These are those things around us that we use all the time and just take for granted, our vehicles, our refrigerators and when it gets hot… our beloved air conditioners. Fortunately, we can prevent those unexpected failures and also extend the life of these often overlooked but appreciated machines and appliances. The really good news is that taking care of our air conditioning unit means our AC will take care of us too and possibly for a very long time.
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What to Look for in an Air Conditioning Company?

Air conditioning is a key component of your home’s comfort. As such, it is advisable to hire a professional and experienced AC company to handle your installation and repair needs. While most people are guided by the cost of service while hiring an air conditioning company, the company’s reputation and quality of service should count first. Here are other qualities to look for while hiring an air conditioning company: Guarantee of Quality At Smith & Willis Heating & Air Conditioning, LLC, we are committed to offering quality air conditioning solutions in the Denver area. When you choose to work with
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The Importance of Product Registration

When you get a new furnace, air conditioner, or other HVAC-related systems, there is one thing left to do: product registration with the manufacturer. Unlike with small appliances, there are serious benefits to taking this step. Here are the most important: Registering Activates or Extends Your Warranty Each manufacturer has somewhat different warranty requirements. With some, you must register your new equipment in order to get any warranty at all. Other manufacturers will give you an extended warranty when you register. The details also depend on which specific product you buy, but in all cases, you’re far better off with
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