When used correctly, programmable thermostats offer a more energy-efficient way to control the heating and cooling in your home. Greater energy efficiency means monetary savings and a reduction in your carbon footprint. Here are some tips for installing and setting your programmable thermostat for the greatest benefits possible:
When your heating system is malfunctioning, it’s likely to make unusual noises. Don’t ignore it, or else you might end up without heat at the worst possible time – or worse, a carbon monoxide leak or fire hazard. Here are some common sounds that a furnace might make when something needs to be fixed, cleaned or replaced.
Radiant heat delivers warmth differently than traditional forced-air heating. Cables or tubes installed underneath floors, behind walls or in ceilings gently and quietly radiate heat into rooms. Instead of heating the air in a room, such as in forced-air systems, radiant heating warms the objects in a room. Heated objects then radiate heat by convection into open spaces in the room.
Heating the water in a typical home can consume up to 20 to 30 percent of the energy used by the entire household. That number can be even higher in cold-weather climates like that of Connecticut. It really can get expensive if you’re using a traditional storage tank heater that loses heat as it sits in the tank waiting to be used.
In the winter, the appropriate amount of ductwork insulation will help your forced-air heating equipment deliver the warmest air possible to every room. Insulation is most important to install on duct runs that travel through the attic, garage, or other unheated space, though it can have benefits anywhere your ducts are located.