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Are Programmable Thermostats Worth It?

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Are Programmable Thermostats Worth It - BrucesAC.comIf you are like a number of homeowners looking to cut the cost of your energy bills, you may have considered spending the money on a programmable thermostat. While most studies show that a programmable thermostat doesn’t save homeowners a lot of money on their energy bills, these same studies show that most people are not using them correctly.

Here are a few ways you can use your programmable thermostat to save money.
 
 

Ways Your Programmable Thermostat Can Save Money

 

Early Morning

Let’s be honest, waking up in a cold house is not fun. Running across the house to turn up the heat and then waiting for it to take the chill out before you get in the shower is time wasted. A programmable thermostat will take care of this issue for you. You will be able to stay in your warm bed while the thermostat adjusts the temperature to your preferences. Setting the thermostat to raise the temperature about thirty minutes before you get up will make getting out of bed easier.

When You Are Not Home

Have you ever wondered how much energy you waste while you are not home? The answer depends on if you manually change the thermostat before walking out the door. Most people do not change the thermostat before leaving for work. A programmable thermostat will allow you to set the temperature to automatically adjust during times you are not home. This is great for people who work long shift or leave town frequently.

When You Are Sleeping

If you are like most people, you climb into bed and snuggle under a few blankets in the winter months. If you are under all those blankets, do you really need your home to be a sweltering eighty degrees too? Probably not, but who wants to wake up to a cold house and wait for the heat to kick on after you run across the house to adjust it to a comfortable temperature? Now you can program your thermostat to turn down the temperature about an hour after you go to bed and turn it back up about an hour before you wake up.

Save Money With A Programmable Thermostat Over Time!

By using your programmable thermostat properly, you can save a fortune on your heating and cooling costs each year. This makes the cost of purchasing a programmable thermostat worth it in the long run.
 

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Should I Replace or Repair My Equipment? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Repair or Replace - 5 Questions to Ask Yourself - BrucesAC.comIf your heating or cooling unit is not functioning properly, you may have asked yourself “should I replace or repair my equipment?” Before deciding to repair or replace your heating or cooling unit, there are a few questions you should ask yourself.

By answering these questions, you will be able to determine what the best course of action is.


 
 

Questions To Ask Yourself To Determine If You Should Replace Or Repair Your Equipment

 

1. Age Of Your Unit

Older units can be difficult to acquire replacement parts for repairs. As manufacturers design and market newer more energy efficient models, they begin to phase out older models and their parts. If your home has an older unit that needs repairs, it may be more cost effective to replace the unit rather than searching for much needed parts.

2. Efficiency Of Unit

If your air conditioner or heater is older than 10-15 years the best idea is to usually replace the entire unit rather than attempting to have it repaired. Many people choose to replace older units before repairs are even needed. This is due to the inefficiency of the overall unit. While your heating and cooling unit may seem to be working fine, chances are it is not functioning to its full potential. A newer unit will heat and cool your home while using less overall energy.

3. Overall Condition Of Unit

While an older unit may warrant replacement, you should always consider the condition of the existing unit. In many case, your unit may only need to be fine-tuned or cleaned up. Not every issue within your heating and cooling system requires parts to be replaced. Having a heating and cooling specialist that can repair and fine-tune your older unit, like us here at Bruce’s AC, may save you money in the long run.

4. How Often Is Your Unit Running?

Is this the home you live in all year or a vacation home that is used only on occasion? If your unit is beginning to show signs of trouble but is not used all the time, you may be able to have it repaired and buy yourself some time. If you rely on your heating and cooling unit on a regular basis, you may find that replacing it is a more convenient option. This will help you to avoid the air conditioner going out on the hottest day of the year.

5. How Long Do You Plan To Stay In Your Home?

Whether or not you are planning on staying in your home for many more years is a big factor in deciding whether to repair or replace your heating and cooling units. If you are planning on moving soon, you can save money by having the unit repaired. If you are looking at residing in the home for many more years, a replacement will be a better option as you won’t have to worry about a possible failure down the road.
 

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Understand Air Conditioner Coolant or HVAC Coolant

Understanding HVAC CoolantIf you are own an air conditioning system, you’ve probably heard the word Coolant. But, do you know what it is and how it’s used?

Coolant is the cooling agent or refrigerant in many air conditioners or rooftop air conditioners. Coolant is necessary for your air conditioning system to cool your home.

The HVAC Coolant, R22

R22 is one of the most popular types of refrigerants used in cooling systems. However, it was found to have the potential of causing depletion of the ozone layer in the atmosphere. Because of the risks to the environment, R22 is being phased out. The United States is one of 190 countries participating in this phase-out.

What does this mean for Arizona homeowners with air conditioners that use R22?

January 1, 2015: There will be a ban on the sale and use of R22. There is an exception to service the needs of existing refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.

January 1, 2020: There will be a complete ban on the production and import of R22 refrigerant, and it will no longer be available to homeowners.

After January 2020: Refrigeration and air conditioning systems that use R22 will have to depend on any stockpile of existing refrigerant available to them.

Homeowners will either have to continue to deal with rising costs of R22 as stockpiles become more depleted until it is no longer available or switch to an air conditioner that uses more environmentally-friendly hvac coolant.

Energy-Efficient Air Conditioners

Because today’s air conditioners are more energy-efficient than ever and are designed to use the newer type of air conditioner coolant, we at Bruce’s Air Conditioning highly recommend homeowners with older systems to consider replacement before the ban, which is on the horizon. If you are considering the purchase of a new air conditioning system, we highly encourage you to call us today.