Programmable Thermostats are Better Than Ever

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Now is the time to invest in a programmable thermostat – their functions are better than ever.

 Atlanta, Georgia – We’ve talked about programmable thermostats before, but their benefits are so great, it’s worth mentioning again – and again and again.

 “Programmable thermostats have so many amazing advantages for homeowners,” says Phil Montgomery, owner of Atlanta heating and cooling company Mr. Cool Mr. Heat. “They offer convenience and energy savings, all at the same time.”

 Energy saving is becoming more and more popular as homeowner are trying to save money. A programmable thermostat is a great way to save money on your Alpharetta heating bill this winter. Advantages include:

 

  • The ability to set the home to its optimal comfort level.
  • Being able to program the temperature of your home based on your specific needs, based on when you are home and when you are away.
  • Adjust the settings to accommodate for a warm day with a cool evening.
  • Utilize vacation settings to save extra energy while away from home for a few days.

 “One big advantage is that programmable thermostats regular the amount of air entering your home much better,” says Montgomery, whose company has provided HVAC service for more than 40 years. “”That means your home will be comfortable while using less energy, so you’ll save money.”

 But that’s not the only advantage to programmable thermostats. In today’s world, we like control of things at the tips of our fingers, and programmable thermostats allow for just that.

 There are new web-enabled thermostats that allow a homeowners to control it via computer, tablet or smartphone through a WiFi connection. And not only that, homeowners can also see how much energy they are using, allowing them to cut costs if needed.

 This also means you can program your HVAC unit from anywhere – meaning you don’t even have to get up to adjust your thermostat anymore! Are you laying in bed, feeling a bit too chilly? Simply pull out your smartphone and adjust the thermostat without even leaving the comfort of your bed. Did you forget to adjust the thermostat before you left for the day? Now you don’t have to worry about that energy going to waste because you can simply adjust the temperature from your computer.

 “These thermostats offer great conveniences for homeowners,” says Montgomery. “However, they aren’t always super easy for the average homeowner to install. Once you’ve found the thermostat that works best for you, call Mr. Cool Mr. Heat and our technicians can install it, and help you learn how to properly use it. Now is the time to regulate energy consumption, and take advantage of the ease of programmable thermostats.”

 

 

When Is the Best Time to Replace an AC Unit

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The best time to replace an AC unit isn’t during the summer. An HVAC system expert explains why.

 

Atlanta, Georgia – Right now you’re probably hoping your air conditioner is ready to face the warm summer months. If you’ve been keeping yearly maintenance appointments with your Atlanta heating and cooling technician, you hopefully won’t have any surprises this summer. But in case you haven’t, here are some tips to help you recognize when it might be time to replace your AC unit.

“The best time to replace an AC unit is obviously during the fall or winter when you aren’t dependent on your unit,” says Phil Montgomery, owner of Mr. Cool Mr. Heat, which has served Atlanta for more than 40 years. “You should be maintaining regular appointments with an HVAC system technician during the fall or winter so any issues can be brought to light before the hot summer sets in. But the technicians at Mr. Cool Mr. Heat are on call 24 hours a day to assist you, in case your unit fails when you need it most.”

There are several things to look for to alert you to when it might be time to start shopping for a new AC unit. If your unit is more than 10 years old, it is probably time to begin looking for a new air conditioner because unit’s lose efficiency over time. Installing a new system might be able to save you as much as 20 percent in energy costs each year.

Another sign that purchasing a new unit should be on your to-do list is if you are constantly calling for repairs. Frequent repairs are a sign your unit has lost efficiency. Couple that with an older unit, and the problem is compounded. As units age, it become harder and harder to find parts that can repair them, so if your unit is older and frequently in need of repair, there may soon come a day when your HVAC technician is no longer able to find the parts needed to repair your unit.

“A repair costs a homeowner enough on its own, but add to that having to track down older parts that aren’t used often anymore, and the repair bill quickly adds up,” says Montgomery. “It may actually be more economical for homeowners to install a new unit. The upfront cost may seem like a lot at first, but when you realize a new unit means no more frequent repair calls, it is worth the price of a new unit.”

New units have many benefits, such as better efficiency. Units built after 2010 also use a different form of refrigerant that makes them better for the environment. Increased efficiency means using less electricity, so homeowners may also be able to save money each year on their utility bills.

Other things to be on the lookout for include strange noises. As units age and become less efficient, they may begin to make odd noises. Rattling, screeching, and other loud noises can indicate broken belts, fans or just general breakdown of the unit.

If an AC unit has not been properly maintained over the years, its life expectancy will decrease as well. Regularly having your unit serviced can increase its life expectancy by as much as four years.

It may also be time to upgrade to a more energy efficient unit. Air conditioners are rated by Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings. The higher the S.E.E.R. rating of a unit, the more electricity saved. Technology changes rapidly, so even units that are only a few years old may already be outdated.

Perhaps the best way to know if your unit needs to be replaced is by asking an expert. Find a reputable company whose opinion you know you can trust. Ask your family, friends and others whose opinions you value to recommend a company, if you don’t already have an established relationship with a company. Over time, you will build a relationship with your AC technician, and he will know the ins and outs of your unit. He will honestly be able to tell you when it is time to consider purchasing a new unit. Building a relationship with a reputable company, such as Mr. Cool Mr. Heat, not only allows you to build a rapport, it also means that company will have records on your HVAC system, which can help you make an education decision about when it’s time to replace your unit.

If it’s been awhile since your AC system was last inspected, schedule an appointment with Mr. Cool Mr. Heat  to be sure your unit is ready to face the heat. Our technicians will be sure your family stays comfortable all summer long.

 

How to Avoid Unnecessary AC Repairs

Atlanta-air-conditioning-repair-283x300 You want to know your AC will work when it’s needed. A heating and cooling expert offers tips to avoid unnecessary AC repairs.

 Atlanta, Georgia – You want to know that when you need your AC most, it will work. Summertime isn’t the best time for AC repairs, but how can they be avoided if your unit is running constantly? Phil Montgomery, owner of Atlanta heating and cooling company Mr. Cool Mr. Heat, offers some tips to avoid unnecessary repairs.

 

“Regular maintenance is key to avoiding problems,” says Montgomery, whose company also provides Alpharetta AC service. “We say it all the time, but it’s so important for homeowners to understand. We often use the analogy that an AC system is like a car, and it is true. Your HVAC system in your Decatur home requires regular inspection and maintenance to work properly.”

 

Wear and tear occurs from regular use. But over time, if that wear and tear isn’t properly inspected, it can lead to big problems. Your AC can begin to malfunction, putting strain on the system and causing damage that might otherwise have been avoided had a licensed contractor regularly inspected it.

 

A very simple way to avoid repairs is to change your air filter regularly. Not only is it simple, but it’s much cheaper than air conditioning repairs would be. An air filter is in place to protect the unit’s components from problems associated with dust, dirt and other debris. The filter traps these pollutants, but over time, it becomes harder and harder for the unit to force air through the filter. That means the unit is working harder, but isn’t working efficiently. During the summer months when the AC is constantly running, homeowners should replace their filters every month.

 

Clear your unit of any debris that may be surrounding the unit, both inside and outside. If dirt, twigs, leaves or other debris get in your outdoor air compressor and condenser, mechanical damage can occur. Regularly sweep and clean the area around your outside unit, and inspect your inside unit, as well.

 

“The truth is, over time, units just break down and require repair,” says Montgomery. “Call your trusted and licensed contractor at the first sign of a problem. If your system is older and it hasn’t been maintenanced in a while, schedule a quick visit today. The key to avoiding unnecessary repairs is diligence on the part of the homeowner. But when repairs are needed, Mr. Cool Mr. Heat is available 24 hours a day.”