Programmable Thermostat Location and Use

There has been a lot of talk about how much money programmable thermostats can supposedly save the average homeowner, but can a programmable really save you as much money as they say it can? Energy Star states that the average homeowner can save about $180 a year when properly using a programmable thermostat, but the problem is that most of us invest in these pricier thermostats but never use them correctly. You have to find a program that works best with your schedule and actually set the thermostat to run that program! If your schedule changes you have to adjust the program. This is the only way you will see these kinds of savings on your energy bills. Continue reading

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Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Programmable Thermostat?

Are you getting the savings you expected from your programmable thermostat? If not, you are not alone. Most homeowners invest extra money in a programmable thermostat but then fail to use it properly. Half of the problem is a lack of education on the part of the contractor that installed the thermostat and the other problem is the design of the unit. They are not designed for ease of use and any homeowner that has a busy day to day life is not going to have the time to fiddle around with the program every time they have a schedule change. What we really needed was an easy to use thermostat that could be adjusted from anywhere and Lennox Home Comfort Systems delivered.

Easy and Innovative Temperature Control

The new and improved icomfort™ programmable thermostat is now Wi-Fi enabled! This feature expands the capabilities of this impressive thermostat making this a programmable thermostat that you can actually benefit from having installed in your home.  There are some of the features included in this high-tech yet easy to use thermostat: Continue reading

Invest a Little, Save a Lot!

In the Chicagoland area, surviving the summer months is often possible even without the benefits of an air conditioning system. The number of hot days is significantly smaller in comparison to cold days during the winter months, and there is always other ways to cool off the home that don’t involve using an air conditioner. During the winter, we don’t have much choice but to invest in heating our homes. Many have taken to creating “energy efficiency funds” that are to be used to make energy efficient improvements to the home.  Even if you have not been saving specifically for this purpose, odds are your funds are a little short this winter season.

An Easy Do it Yourself Project

Not making the home more energy efficient isn’t much of an option, but what if you could invest only a little, but save a lot down the line on your energy bill? Sounds too good to be true right? Well, if your home is lacking in proper insulation, adding insulation to the home will require only a small investment but come with a big return! You could even do the project yourself and save even more money! Simply take a peek in the attic and measure the number of inches you have of insulation. If it is below 14 and you live in Chicago, you need a fresh layer. Continue reading

Have You Considered Installing a Humidifier?

If you have a humidifier connected to your furnace or are planning to have one installed here are a few things you should know. The purpose of the humidifier is to add moisture to the air that is circulating throughout your home thru the duct system.  This helps to eliminate dry air in your home during the fall and winter seasons. With one of these systems in place, you will have air circulating in the home that will decrease the frequency of dry-skin and sore-throats caused by dry air. Installing a humidifier will help with your dry sinuses while helping you to save energy at the same time. Running your humidifier will create moist air which holds heat.  This will leave you feeling more comfortable and will allow you to lower your normal heat setting. 

Don’t Choke on Dry Air

If you already have a humidifier installed in your home this would be the time to change the filter if you haven’t already.  The humidifier pad, or filter, should be replaced once a year before the heating season begins. Not doing so will leave the humidifier vulnerable to mold growth and leaks, but at the very least, you won’t get the same moisture benefits that you have in the past because of the dirty filter. You are going to have the furnace cleaned anyways, so why not have your serviceman change the humidifier filter too! Don’t let your home become as dry as a desert this winter and get your humidifier ready for the season now!