10 Easy Ways to Conserve Energy at Home

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10 Easy Ways to Conserve Energy at Home

Owning and operating a home can be expensive, but one way to save money is to save energy. Saving energy doesn’t have to mean huge sacrifices in comfort or quality of life. Today, many savvy Colorado and Wyoming homeowners take these simple steps to keep their homes operating efficiently and economically. By giving a little attention to your HVAC system, including your air conditioner, furnace, water heater, and heat pump, as well as addressing other common energy guzzlers, you can save, too!

Here are 10 steps you can take today:

1. Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120 degrees).
Most water heaters come from the factory with a default setting of 140 degrees. Lowering the setting to 120 degrees not only saves energy, it also prevents scalding. This is especially important in homes with young children.

2. Make sure your water heater has an insulating blanket.  
Installing an insulating blanket is a quick, inexpensive fix that will pay for itself within a year in energy cost savings.

3. Make sure your air conditioner, furnace or heat pump receive professional maintenance each year. Look for the ENERGYSTAR label when replacing your system.
Regular professional maintenance can save you thousands of dollars over the life of your HVAC system by preventing costly breakdowns, as well as by keeping your equipment operating at peak efficiency. When it is time to buy a new system, the ENERGYSTAR label will help you determine the models that are most energy efficient. This is an important consideration when making your buying decision because it directly impacts the overall cost. As a general rule, purchasing the most efficient system you can afford will give you the greatest savings over time.

4. Replace your incandescent lights with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or LEDs.  
CFLs and LEDs are more expensive to purchase than the standard incandescent bulbs but can save three-quarters of the electricity used. Start by replacing incandescents that are 60-100W and are used several hours a day.

5. Turn off the lights in unoccupied rooms.
Consider installing timers, photo cells or occupancy sensors to make turning off lights in empty rooms and spaces effortless.

6. Turn off your computer when you are not using it. 
Turn off the monitor if you aren’t using it for more than 20 minutes, and turn off both the CPU and the monitor if they won’t be used for more than 2 hours.

7. Unplug equipment that drains energy when not in use.  
Many appliances use energy even when they are not turned on such as cell phone chargers, fans, televisions and coffee makers.

8. Install a programmable thermostat. 
A programmable thermostat is an inexpensive device that makes your HVAC smart by only heating and cooling your home when you need it. While you are at work or school during the day or sleeping at night, the temperature setting adjusts so your home is comfortable, but you are not paying for energy that you don’t need.

9. Clean or replace filters in your furnace, air conditioner, and heat pump.  
Replacing (or cleaning) your air filters every 30-60 days (depending on need) will keep your system clean and efficient, and help prevent unnecessary wear and tear.

10. Caulk leaky windows and doors.  
Improve the comfort of your home and stop paying for wasted energy by sealing air leaks and adding sufficient insulation.

The experts at Rheem Pro Partner are ready to answer all your home energy questions. Contact us today to learn more!

Is a New Thermostat Worth the Investment?

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Your thermostat, that unobtrusive device on the wall that controls your furnace and air conditioner, may be more important to your HVAC system than you realize. If you have the original thermostat from 10, 20, or more years ago, taking a look at the advantages of the new programmable thermostats is worth your time. The technology has come a long way and Colorado/Wyoming residents can benefit by upgrading.

Here are some things to keep in mind when evaluating the benefits of a new thermostat:

You don’t have to spend money heating or cooling your home when no one is there.

New programmable thermostats help you save money and energy use. Simply set the thermostat for a lower (or higher in summer) temperatures at night and when you are away, and you’ve instantly and (nearly) effortlessly made your home more energy efficient.

You won’t be paying to heat your home to 75 degrees when you’ve set your thermostat to 72 degrees.

New thermostats are more accurate at measuring the exact temperature of your home and provide more precise control of your heating and cooling system. As a result, you’ll experience increased comfort and increased savings.

You can do more with new thermostats.

Today’s new models come with a variety of useful features and options to meet your needs. Some come with remote controls that allow you to adjust the temperature from anywhere in the house. Some have indicator lights that let you know when the filters need to be changed, making it easy to keep your system running properly.

You don’t have to wait until you replace your entire heating or cooling system.

Most new thermostats can work with many different types of existing heating and cooling systems.

You don’t have to spend a lot to gain the benefits of a new thermostat.

Having a new thermostat installed is inexpensive ($100 for a basic thermostat up to several hundred for one with lots of features). Your energy cost savings will quickly pay for the cost of the upgrade.

You can get the most out of your state-of-the-art HVAC system.

With an old style thermostat, you may be not be taking full advantage of all the energy saving features your new system has to offer.

Still not sure which thermostat is right for you? The professionals at Rheem Pro Partner can help you choose and install the new thermostat that best meets your needs. Call us today!

Take These 7 Steps Before Using Your Furnace

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Before you know it, winter will be here! If you live in Colorado, you know that the weather can turn from warm and moderate to cold and snowy almost overnight. Typically, there is a spell of cold weather in October or November, followed by a warming trend for a few weeks, and then winter hits altogether. The problem with the short spell of cold weather that typically hits during October or November is that it causes homeowners to rush to turn on their heat before their HVAC system has been tuned up for the cold season.

Now is a good time of year to call your furnace repair company to schedule your annual tune-up and maintenance. But besides scheduling your appointment, make sure to follow these seven steps which will make sure your furnace is ready to heat your home this winter:

  1. Change your air filter. During your annual furnace tune-up appointment, your furnace repair technician may replace your air filter with a new one. However, this is a task that you can complete on your own before your appointment if you think you will run your furnace before your scheduled furnace tune-up.
  2. Review the settings on your thermostat. You might not have looked at the winter settings on your thermostat for six months. Make sure to check that the settings are correct and make any necessary adjustments. If you have a programmable thermostat and you are unsure how to set it correctly, your furnace repair company should be able to assist you.
  3. Make sure all air vents are open. An HVAC system functions the best when the flow of air throughout your home is unobstructed. Therefore, make sure all air vents are open and that return air registers are not blocked by furniture or other items such as pictures or mirrors hanging on the wall.
  4. Clean the area around your furnace. If your home is set up like many, your furnace probably sits in a basement, a closet or a room that gets very little use. It’s likely that dust and debris gathered around the furnace over the course of many months. Make sure to sweep or vacuum the area that surrounds your furnace so the dust and debris is not pulled into the system when it runs.
  5. Check your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. A home’s carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms should be checked on a regular basis. It’s a good idea to make a habit of checking to make sure these safety items work well at the beginning of each and every season.
  6. Have your air ducts cleaned. Many people have their air ducts cleaned on an annual basis. If you want to make sure the dust, debris and pollutants are removed from your air vents before you turn on your furnace for the season, now is a good time to schedule your appointment.
  7. Turn on your furnace and make sure it works. The best way to know if your furnace is set for cold weather is to test it. Wait for a cool day and turn on the system. Make sure it heats your home to the temperature you desire.

Replace Your Thermostat Before Winter!

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If your home is equipped with an old fashioned thermostat, or your thermostat is more than five or 10 years old, now is a good time to start thinking about upgrading to a new and more modern thermostat. Even though your old thermostat might seem to work perfectly fine, a new thermostat has many capabilities that are simply not possible with an older model thermostat. A thermostat replacement is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to upgrade your HVAC system without having to spend a large amount of money.

Following are some of the most important reasons a thermostat replacement is a good idea:

A new thermostat will allow your HVAC system to be more energy efficient. Rather than setting your thermostat at a specific temperature that must be kept constant all day long, a new thermostat may allow you to set your thermostat for a certain temperature at specific times of the day. This is a benefit because you can easily keep your home’s indoor temperature set a few degrees lower when nobody is home for several hours during the day. The thermostat can be programmed to a different, more comfortable, temperature setting a half hour before everyone is expected to return home for the day. This way, energy can be saved during the day, and your home will feel warm and comfortable when you need it.

Some types of Smart thermostats allow you to control the temperature of your home from a mobile device. A Smart thermostat can be connected to the internet, and therefore can be controlled by anyone with access to your system – from just about any location in the world. Therefore, if your thermostat is set at a certain temperature and you want to adjust the temperature either up or down for any reason, you have complete control no matter where you are – as long as you have an internet connection.

A new thermostat may allow you to set a specific temperature number rather than a temperature range. Old fashioned thermostats have levers and dials that allow you to set an approximate temperature. Most new thermostats are digital, so it’s easier to set the exact temperature you want – without having to guess.

You can set a modern thermostat to turn your HVAC system on and off at specific times of the day. If you want your furnace to kick on at 6 am each morning before you step out of bed, you can set a modern thermostat to grant this request. A new, modern thermostat has many capabilities and the ability to handle different requests for every day of the week!

Many new thermostats offer a touch screen rather than an old fashioned dial. Most people that use a Smart phone, an iPad and other types of devices that are equipped with a touch screen on a daily basis like using this type of system. A touch screen can be convenient, easy to use, and self-explanatory. There are many reasons to upgrade your current thermostat to something more modern, and the availability of a touch screen might be exactly what you need!

 

Need Central Air Conditioner Repair? Get it done NOW!

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Want to save money on central air conditioner repair? Then get your needed repairs done as soon as possible. Spending money on air conditioner repairs can potentially prevent or halt more serious problems with your system – which might ultimately be more costly to fix.

Air conditioner repair costs can vary from one system model to another. Also, the cost of repairs can differ from one brand of air conditioner to another. Not only must a Denver HVAC company charge homeowners for labor, but the cost of parts must also be added to the equation. Therefore, it’s smart to have you air conditioning system repaired as soon as you notice something is wrong, so that the cost of repairs can be kept as low as possible.

Here are a few explanations as to why it’s a good idea to have central air conditioner repair completed sooner rather than later:

By fixing problems early, it may be possible to prevent additional repairs. An air conditioner that is forced to run when it’s not in optimal condition can be inefficient. Not only can it require more energy to run an air conditioner that is not functioning properly, but the system’s current problems can create additional (and preventable) issues. It’s oftentimes a better idea to schedule central air conditioner repair and have your system fixed before you end up with a system that needs several additional repairs. Air conditioner repair costs can be kept to a minimum when problems are addressed early.

You might as well enjoy central air conditioning while the weather is still hot! If you wait until the end of summer to call a Denver HVAC company for needed central air conditioner repair, you may have to suffer through a hot summer before your air conditioner works properly. Additionally, you might end up spending extra money on electricity in order to have your inefficient air conditioner work harder than necessary. The money you will spend on a higher electricity bill might be the same amount you’d owe a Denver HVAC company for repairs.

When your air conditioner does not work properly, your indoor environment can become humid. Depending on the climate in which you live, it may be important to use your air conditioner to remove excessive humidity from your indoor air. If you do not run your air conditioner because it needs repairs, the indoor air in your home can become humid. Humidity inside of a home can result in the growth of indoor mold and mildew.

If you are putting off needed central air conditioner repair for any reason, give Rheem Pro Partner a call. We are a Denver HVAC company that is happy to provide you with an estimate for air conditioner repair costs. If your air conditioning system requires professional attention, we will take a look and provide you with advice and guidance on whether we think you should have the system repaired immediately or if we think you can wait to have your repairs completed at a later date.

 

Some Air Conditioner Repairs are Simple to Complete

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Nobody wants to learn that they need air conditioner repairs on a hot summer day. As  a homeowner, you want is to come home and be greeted by a nice, cool home. But, unfortunately, there might come a time in which your central air conditioning system does not function properly. When you notice that your air conditioner blows only warm air, or it does not turn on at all, it’s probably time to call a Denver air conditioning company for air conditioner repairs.

Even though you might need to hire a professional company to complete your home air conditioner repair, there might be certain repairs that you can complete yourself. It’s never a good idea to fiddle with a central air conditioning system if you truly have no idea what you are doing. Additionally, if you are not trained in how to complete air conditioner repairs, you might end up causing additional problems that can be expensive or complicated to fix.

Here are examples of basic air conditioner repairs that may be easily completed by you, without the help of a Denver air conditioning repair company:

Changing the air filter. Most homeowners are able to change their HVAC system’s air filter without the help of a professional HVAC technician. If you do not know how to change your air filter, ask your technician to show you. You should be able to complete this task once you are given initial instructions.

Keeping the area around your outdoor air conditioning unit clean. It’s important for an air conditioning unit to have good air flow. It’s entirely possible for a homeowner to monitor the outdoor unit and make sure it is clear of debris and plant growth.

Installing a programmable thermostat. Depending on your technical expertise, it may be possible for you to install a new thermostat. If you have an old thermostat and want to benefit from a more efficient, programmable thermostat, you might be able to install it without the help of a Denver air conditioning company.

Checking the circuit breaker. If your air conditioning system is not working, you might be able to confirm that something is wrong by checking the circuit breaker. You might be able to re-set the circuit breaker, which can cause your air conditioner to start working again. If the problem occurs multiple times, it might require professional home air conditioner repair.

There are certain air conditioner repairs that are simple enough for a homeowner to complete without the help of a professional home air conditioner repair company. If you would like advice on how to complete simple repairs, give Rheem Pro Partner a call. We are happy to provide assistance in any way we can. We are also able to step in and help at any time. Our Top Contractors serve homeowners in the entire Denver metropolitan area.

Where to Install a Thermostat After Air Conditioner Installation

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Believe it or not, the placement of your thermostat does make a difference. When an HVAC system is installed in a home, the air conditioner installation should include the addition of a thermostat. If the thermostat is placed in an improper spot, you can experience issues with the heating and cooling of your home during every season of the year.

The placement of your thermostat should be taken into careful consideration – especially if it would be difficult to move once it’s secured to the wall. If your thermostat is installed in a location that is not optimal, you may want to consider moving it – even if it requires a service call from an air conditioner repair company. Why? Because the improper placement of your thermostat can lead to your house not being able to maintain a desirable temperature.

Consider these locations as potentially poor locations for the placement of your thermostat:

Near a door that leads to the garage. A garage tends to get very hot in the summertime and very cold in the wintertime. Unless the door that leads from your garage to the interior of your home is well-insulated and does not allow air to leak from the garage into the house, your thermostat may not be able to get an accurate reading. A constant cold draft during the winter or warm bursts of air during the summer can cause a thermostat to think your entire home is either too cold or too hot.

Near the kitchen or laundry room. A kitchen and a laundry room can get incredibly hot at any time of the year. Ovens, stoves, dishwashers and clothes washers and dryers can produce excessive heat. If your thermostat is located near these heat-producing appliances, it can get an inaccurate reading of the temperature inside of your home. An air conditioner repair company should never advise a homeowner to place a thermostat near a kitchen or laundry room after air conditioner installation

In an area with poor circulation. Any area of your home that is secluded and/or does not receive adequate air flow is not a great spot for a thermostat. An area such as this may get unusually cold during the winter and quite hot during the summer. If your thermostat is an area such as this, it will not be able to take an accurate reading, which will cause your HVAC system to kick on when it’s not necessarily needed.

A properly placed thermostat will not only allow your HVAC system to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home, but it should also cut down on the need for an air conditioner repair company to visit your home for problems with your system. Broomfield, CO air conditioner repairs can be kept down to a minimum with expert air conditioner installation and the correct placement of your thermostat.

If your thermostat is currently located somewhere that is not optimal, you may be able to hire an air conditioner repair company to move it after air conditioner installation. Give Rheem Pro Partner a call today!

How Well Do You Know Your Central Air Conditioning System?

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Your central air conditioning system has probably been installed in your home for many years. It’s possible that your air conditioner has been in your home longer than you! But even though your air conditioner has been around for a long time… how well do you know it? You might know how to turn your air conditioner on and off by changing the settings on your thermostat. But do you know the answers to these basic questions?

  • What brand is your air conditioner?
  • What is the size of your air conditioner?
  • What year was your air conditioning system installed in your home?
  • When was the last time you called a Greenwood Village, CO ac repair company?
  • Did your air conditioner have a tune-up or maintenance check-up this year?
  • How much do central air conditioner repairs typically cost for your system?

Many homeowners do not know the answers to these relatively basic questions. But even though they do not know their air conditioning system very well, they still expect it to function properly on a hot day.

To get to know your central air conditioning system a little better, it’s a good idea to spend some time learning about how air conditioners work. Also, it’s important to get to know your Greenwood Village, CO ac repair technician. While at your home performing a routine maintenance and inspection on your system, or completing necessary central air conditioning repairs, make sure to ask the HVAC technician many questions. If something is wrong with your system, it’s a good idea to understand the air conditioner repair that is being completed so you know how to handle the situation if it ever occurs again in the future.

Following are some facts about air conditioning and how it works:

Turning your thermostat to a very low temperature in order to get your house to cool faster doesn’t actually cool your home faster. Therefore, if you are hot, make sure to set your thermostat to a desired temperature – and not an unrealistically low temperature. Setting the thermostat too low can actually cause your ac system to work overtime, which can result in a high energy bill.

A programmable thermostat can be very helpful in maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home. There are many benefits to a programmable thermostat, and this type of thermostat can help you save money on energy.

You do not have to keep your air conditioner running all day at full force – unless someone will be home to enjoy the cool air. It’s perfectly fine to set your thermostat for a higher temperature during the hours when nobody will be home. The slight setting increase provides your air conditioner with a break.

The next time you want to know more about your home’s central air conditioning system, give Rheem Pro Partner a call. We are Greenwood Village, CO ac repair experts, and we serve the entire Denver Metropolitan area. We are available seven days a week to answer your questions and provide you with top notch air conditioner repair.