Improve Energy Efficiency With The Right Thermostat

Good Deals Heating and Cooling energy efficiencySaving electricity and improving the energy efficiency is a lifelong battle that can be hard to conquer. Many gadgets on the market can meet your needs and reduce the burden on the electrical output. One such electronic device is a thermostat which regulates the heating and cooling in the home. If you have the right type of thermostat installed in your home, you can save enormously on your electric bill.
The different kinds of thermostat that are available are:

Programmable

A programmable thermostat is a very sophisticated unit that allows you to input a schedule with settings that best suits your everyday needs. These thermostats can help you save on the heating and cooling costs by adjusting the temperature throughout the day.

Why Use Programmable Thermostats?

When the heating or cooling in your home runs continuously, there is a lot of wasted energy used. Does the house need to be so warm when you are at work? Or in the middle of the night while you are sleeping? A programmable thermostat allows the temperature to adjust automatically during the day based on who is home. When no one is home, set the temperature at an energy-saving level then have the temperature return to your comfort level before you return home.

Mechanical Thermostats

These basic thermostats are pretty easy to install and operate by metal bars heating up and cooling down. Although these may be as accurate, they are cheaper than programmable thermostats. These thermostats are not as smartly operated as the programmable thermostats but are still widely used due to the simplicity of their operative functions. For these to be energy efficient, the homeowner must manually adjust them. However, it is still unwise to use these thermostats as every time your temperature rises by 1 degree you end up consuming 10% more energy!

Electronic Thermostats

Electric thermostats contain a sensor that controls the temperature and are programmable as well. You can control the thermostat from an app on your phone or check the temperature in your house at any time. These types of thermostats are often part of a whole-house control system which includes security, lights (indoor and outdoor), sprinklers, and thermostat.

With the right choice of the thermostat and a careful inspection of all the essential factors such as keeping track of your saving potential and making the correct and smart use of the thermostat options, you can save an enormous amount of energy and money too!

For more information on energy efficiency with your HVAC system, contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

Benefits of Efficient Furnace Heating

Good Deals Heating and Cooling furnace heatingHigh-efficiency furnaces consume at least 30% less fuel than older model furnaces. These heaters typically have a lower BTU rating for heat output. Some newer models offer an annual fuel utilization efficiency rating of 97%.   Cleaning and repairing a high-efficiency furnace on a regular basis will keep the unit working correctly. This routine maintenance will reduce the furnace’s consumption of fuel and prevent carbon monoxide from entering the home. The home should be adequately insulated to make it as energy efficient as possible before installing a new furnace heating system.

The U.S. Department of Energy says 56% of the energy used in an average home comes from the heating and cooling system, 30% of which is from the heating component. High-efficiency furnaces produce heat more steadily. This HVAC systems are better at controlling the amount of air mixed with gas and vary the blower motor’s speed depending on what the house needs. These variable speed blowers are less noisy and do not drastically change the house’s temperature. Sealed combustion, the process of bringing all the combustion air from outside and mixing with fuel at a controlled rate, maximizes fuel heat.

Look for models that offer features such as a modulating burner that will continuously adjust heating levels in small doses to match the home’s comfort level. Many of these furnaces are tailored to match the home’s regional location. People who live in Philadelphia will have different heating needs versus people who live in Phoenix. Many high-efficiency furnaces are self-monitored, making the furnace’s set up and maintenance faster and easier.

An electrostatic filter can reduce the amount of dust that goes through the furnace. This filtering system can be an enormous relief to people with lung problems, such as asthma. High-efficiency heating systems do not have a pilot light instead they have either intermittent, direct spark ignition or hot surface ignition.

These high-efficiency systems are more expensive upfront than standard HVAC systems. But these units will save the customer’s money, in the long run, thanks to lower fuel costs over the furnace’s lifetime. An energy efficient systems can save the customer $40 for every $100 spent on fuel.  High-efficiency gas and electric furnaces can cost $4,400 to $4,600, and Oil-based ones can cost about $6,000.  Always choose a system that comes with a good warranty.

For more information on high-efficiency furnace heating, contact Good Deals Heating and Cooling at 215-947-1166.

Improve Air Conditioning System to Lower Philadelphia Electric Bill

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One reason for high energy bills is an increase in the price of electricity or heating fuel. However, it is common to trace high energy bills to an in-efficient component (windows, heating and cooling equipment, ducts insulation) of your home or a failure of one of these components. It is not always easy to pin-point the problem, but fixing it can make your home more energy-efficient and comfortable.

When you need to replace your HVAC equipment, a high efficiency furnace, air conditioner, or geothermal system can save you money on your energy bills, and is a good idea.

Duct Systems lose energy causing high electric bills.  So you replace your 60% efficient furnace with a new 90% model, and you expect to save about 30% on your gas bill. Don’t bet on it! Your furnace is 90% efficient in a laboratory, but if it’s connected to a duct system that’s only 70% efficient, your “system efficiency” drops to 63%, a gas usage savings of only about 21%! But you paid for a 90% efficient unit and 30% energy savings.

The U.S. Department of Energy states that “typical duct systems lose 25 to 40% of the heating or cooling energy put out by the central furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner. Duct repairs could be the most important energy improvement measure you can do…”

Duct systems have tremendous pressures, both positive (supply duct) and negative (return air duct), exerted on them by the furnace blower when the furnace or air conditioner is operating. That means that air from unconditioned areas, such as an attic, crawlspace, unfinished basement, or garage can be pulled into a home or building through the return air duct, or pushed into an unconditioned area through the supply duct at a very high rate of speed. Imagine pulling 125 degree Fahrenheit attic air into your air conditioning system, and trying to cool it to 75 degrees.

To improve the energy efficiency of your home’s air conditioning start with these two tips.

  • Improvements may include sealing air leaks, adding insulation or sealing duct air leaks. Do not try to seal a duct system without advanced certified training and proper sealants. Dangerous or fatal conditions can result, including carbon monoxide poisoning and sealant off-gassing.
  • Install a programmable thermostat, and use it to save energy while you are away at work.

Call Good Deals Heating and Air to help save you money on your monthly electric bill. (215) 947-1166