Any homeowner wants the HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, which includes choosing a thermostat. A well-functioning HVAC system will make your home as comfortable as possible without running up your monthly energy costs.
Tips on Choosing a Thermostat
There are several ways you can ensure that your heating and cooling system is doing its job. Have you considered purchasing a smart thermometer? Homes are getting smarter, and thermostats are no exception to this. Smart thermostats have several benefits compared to their ancestors. If you are in the market for one, use these tips.
If you don’t have a lot of experience, choose a thermostat that is easy to install. Many options you can install yourself. Install your smart thermostat in an area away from vents and direct sunlight so it can get a correct reading on the temperature in your home. If you aren’t sure what to do, a professional can install it for you.
Each thermostat comes with a variety of features in different combinations. Before you start shopping, consider what is most important to you. For example, a business owner of an office that is closed at night should consider a model with an automatic timer. They can save you a lot of money by automatically turning off your HVAC system when you don’t need it.
Another great feature found on many smart thermostats is remote access. This feature empowers you to control your HVAC system remotely from your smart home. Did it suddenly get a lot hotter while you were at work? Now, you can turn on the HVAC system while you are on the way home, so it’s comfortable when you arrive.
It may seem simple, but a lot of people overlook choosing the thermostat compatible with their HVAC system. In some cases, a smart thermometer may not work with older HVAC systems and certain newer models.
Mastermind Mechanical LLC can you help you on your quest to find the perfect thermometer for your home. On top of world-class advice, Mastermind Mechanical LLC provides many other HVAC services, including repairs, preventative maintenance, installation, and consultation. Give us a call today to help you get started!
We service HVAC Cooling and Heating Systems in Las Vegas as well as providing emergency repairs, maintenance, and new installation.
The importance of having an HVAC maintenance plan cannot be stressed more. In the long run, it can potentially save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars in costly repairs. Aside from the monetary benefits, there’s a myriad of benefits that regular maintenance can offer.
Our team of Las Vegas HVAC installation, repair, and maintenance experts are ready to do the job right the first time
Having an effective HVAC maintenance plan in place improves the longevity of your unit. As your HVAC unit will not have to overwork or overcompensate for components that are faulty or subject to extensive wear and tear, they’ll last much longer and work efficiently.
Improved air quality
HVAC unit can help in creating a comfortable indoor environment and save you from harsh weather conditions
However, when dirt and grime is accumulated in the blower parts or coils of the unit, it can give rise to health-related concerns. Regular maintenance can improve air quality and make a healthier atmosphere for you and your family.
Increase the levels of energy efficiency
Regular upkeep of your HVAC system can significantly substantially improve the energy efficiency levels of your HVAC unit. In fact, simply replacement of a clogged, dirty filter can improve your air conditioners energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
Reduce the chances of emergency breakdowns
Most emergency cooling or heating repairs arise due to ignored maintenance. Preventative maintenance can lessen the chances of emergency breakdowns which can be super inconvenient.
Keep your warranty intact
At some point, your HVAC unit will suffer a breakdown and having a warranty intact can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs. There’s a chance that if you don’t maintain your HVAC system, your warranty will be void and you’ll be left with hefty repair bills. Thus, it’s important to maintain your unit to protect your investment.
If you’re looking for an air conditioning service provider for the regular maintenance of your HVAC system, contact Mastermind Mechanical LLC. We’re a family-owned Las Vegas HVAC company that offers top quality repair and maintenance services to our clients.
Change your Las Vegas home air filter about once every month.
What is your home air filter?
Your Las Vegas home air filter is in the air intake for your furnace and air conditioner system. Air from your home is pulled through the intake filter (as seen in the image to the right) and from there into your heating and cooling system where it is heated or cooled to equal your indoor temperature settings. The filter collects any dust in the air, cleaning your indoor air as it conditions the temperature. You will be surprised at how much dust exists in the air your breathe. A good filter promotes good health! There are probably between one and three intake vents most commonly located in the ceiling in different areas of your home. Conduct a quick walk-through to locate all the air intake vents in your home.
Why change your home air filter monthly?
Your filter is constantly collecting dust and after about a month enough dust has accumulated to prevent air flow. When air flow is prevented, your home furnace or air conditioner cannot operate at peak efficiency. An inefficient furnace or air conditioner causes 3 problems you do not want to experience:
It costs more to heat or cool your home as your system needs to work harder.
Your home does not heat or cool efficiently, so you’re likely to feel uncomfortable.
Your heating and cooling system will break down sooner since it’s working harder every day.
How to change your home air filter?
Removing your old air filter.
Unless you are an NBA basketball player, you will need to use a good sturdy step ladder to reach your air filter. The air intake grating will be held in place with a few latches along the edges. Carefully open the latches while holding the grating with one hand in order to lower it gradually. The filter usually lowers along with the grating so be prepared to keep the filter from flopping loose onto the floor and releasing all the dust it has collected!
Determining the size of your air filter.
Once you remove the air filter, look along the edges for a printed size. Here are a few common air filter sizes, so you should see a number like one of these:
10 X 20
14 X 20
16 X 24
18 X 30
12 X 12
14 X 24
Obtaining an air filter replacement.
Once you’ve determined the size of your home air filter, make a quick trip to almost any department store that has a home improvement section. Locate their home air filters and purchase a new air filter that corresponds to the size of your home air filter. Many such stores have periodic air filter sales, so stock up at these times.
How many air filters should you purchase? If your home takes 3 air filters and you change them monthly, you might want to stay about 3 months ahead at all times, so purchase at least nine air filter replacements.
Installing your new home air filter.
Go backwards through the steps you took to remove your old home air filter. Make sure you securely close all the latches on your air intake grating. Done! Almost… Disposing of your old home air filter. Check with your recycling company to see if your home air filter can be recycled. Carefully place it in the recycling bin. You may want to place it in a trash bag first in order to contain any dust.
Changing your home air filter is a quick, easy project.
This whole process will probably take less than 10 minutes (with the exception of that trip to the department store). Once you’ve done it a few times it will be second nature. You’ll breathe easier in your home, be more healthy and your home heating and cooling system will operate more efficiently, potentially saving far more money in energy bills and system maintenance costs than the price of the air filters.
Stay comfortable in your home!!
Save even more by regularly servicing your home and business heating and cooling system.
Learn how you can save on energy bills while being more comfortable in your Las Vegas home. We’ll conduct a quick assessment of your home or business heating and cooling system that may reveal how you could save $100s each year.
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