What Are the Recommended Thermostat Settings During the Winter Months?

January 19, 2018

As cold weather continues to make its way across the St. Louis area, many people are looking for ways to get a break on their energy bill. As the cold weather lingers, many are wondering whether turning the heat down just a few degrees when you are sleeping or when you leave the house is a good way to keep your energy costs low. As frigid winter weather continues to make its way across the St. Louis area, many homeowners are looking for a way to get a break on their energy bill. But does varying your thermostat really help your budget, or does it do nothing but make you a little colder at night? The truth is that there are both advantages and disadvantages of varying your thermostat temperature. Depending on what your goals are, consider the benefits and drawbacks and make the smartest energy choice for your home. Recommended Thermostat Settings The reason most people leave their thermostat at a constant temperature is because it is easier and it keeps things more comfortable. What most people don’t understand is that keeping a room at a steady temperature isn’t always chosen just to keep things easy. The only time...

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The Best Thermostats to Regulate Your HVAC System

November 29, 2017

Smart thermostats are the most innovative type and can save you as much as $200 per year. The newest thing in HVAC technology is zoned heating and cooling that runs off of thermostats that can be controlled with ease, sometimes even by your mobile device or smartphone. They don’t only offer convenience, these newly designed thermostats can use your home’s wifi system and allow you to make your spaces more comfortable and cut back on your monthly heating and cooling bill. A totally redesigned thermostat is a welcomed addition for many looking to cut monthly energy costs and wanting the ability to control their HVAC systems remotely to increase their home’s comfort level. There are many different types of thermostats that a homeowner can choose from. Deciding which one is right for you your home is based upon the size of your HVAC system and your budget. Mechanical Thermostats Mechanical thermostats are the traditional type that use bimetallic strips to detect and adjust the temperature of a room. They are typically found in older homes and apartments. Non-Programmable Thermostats Non-programmable thermostats require you to directly adjust the settings, but they typically have digital programming. As they are typically cheap, they don’t do...

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The Benefits of Zoned HVAC Systems – St. Louis HVAC

August 8, 2017

Zoned HVAC systems help keep your family comfortable and also help with efficiency. Often, homeowners have to deal with uneven temperatures in different rooms of the house. This happens due to the positioning and layout of the home. For example, rooms at the top, attics, etc. often seem to be warmer than other rooms, while those on the lower grounds, like basements, end up much colder. Moreover, different members of the family could have different temperature preferences. For example, someone complains that the HVAC does not cool enough, while another family member simply ‘freezes’ when the conditioning is on. These are common concerns with a traditional HVAC setup, when one uniform temperature setting heats or cools the entire home. Customizing the temperature according to everyone’s need, or trying to ensure that the whole house is equally warm or cool can turn into a thermostat war, often reducing the efficiency of the HVAC. At times, homeowners turn to quick-fixes like closing vents in rooms where the temperatures are unequal or where different temperature is desired. Such quick-fixes can cause disturbances in the air flow of the HVAC reducing its efficiency. Zoned HVAC Systems Zoned HVAC setups eliminate the inability of traditional...

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How to Make Sure Your Home is Always at the Perfect Temperature!

June 23, 2017

It seems like a simple thing, but many struggle to keep their homes at an ideal temperature. Do you have trouble ensuring that your home is always at the right temperature for you? Not too hot in summer, but not too chilly in winter? It seems like such a simple thing, but many of us really do struggle to make our homes comfortable. Ideally, the temperature should be such that you simply don’t think about it, it’s just at the right level. However, this can be hard to achieve, and even harder to achieve without spending a fortune on heating and cooling! We’ve taken some tips from St Louis HVAC experts and put them together to give you the ultimate guide to keeping your home at your ideal temperature all year round! Setting your Thermostat During the Day in Summer Many of us have our thermostats set at 74 degrees. If you do, try changing it to 78 degrees instead. By doing this, you can save a massive 12% on your cooling! If you still feel too warm, then run a ceiling fan. These are great because they are inexpensive to run, but they make your home feel around 4...

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How Programmable Thermostats are Energy Efficient and Cost Effective

March 21, 2017

There are a number of programmable thermostats to choose from. At Scott-Lee Heating, we will help you choose the right one for your home. HVAC owners often spend a lot of money monthly ensuring that their HVAC system effectively cools or heats each and every corner of the house. What most people don’t realize is that they end up generating huge utility bills on heating or cooling empty or unused rooms as well. This problem can be easily solved by using programmable thermostats that make it possible to schedule heating and cooling in the house to ensure optimum usage and efficiency. Programmable thermostats, especially the higher-end models, offer more options that can be customized and at the same time, ensure energy efficiency and cost effectiveness. Here are some tips on choosing a programmable thermostat for your home. Features of a Programmable Thermostat Programmable thermostats, especially the smart ones have features that offer convenience, cost effectiveness and energy efficiency. A few important features include: Motion detection – a motion detector in the thermostat regulates temperatures or turns on/off the thermostat by detecting presence of people inside home. Humidity Sensor – Humidity sensors are effective in areas with extreme humidity (high or...

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