The Advantages of Programmable Thermostats

Whether you’re looking to upgrade to smarter and more environment-friendly heating and cooling systems or just to trim a few dollars off your monthly bill, you’ll find a good reason to make the switch to programmable thermostats. Any advanced HVAC contractor will admit that this new technology is the best solution when it comes to automating your home’s air conditioning. It’s not surprising that demand for programmable thermostats has increased in recent years.

Mode Button In HVAC Remote

Decode The “Mode” Button In Your HVAC Remote

HVAC systems in the past were very simple to operate with just an on and off switch and a high medium and low cooling or heating option. Just as technology has improved so has HVAC. HVAC systems today usually come with a remote control that has a “mode” button. The mode button however doesn’t do any good and could end up costing you a lot of extra money if you don’t know what those mode buttons mean and are meant to be used for. Our technicians here at Anderson Air Corps want to better educate you so that you will know how to operate your air conditioning system the way it is meant to be operated. Below you will find a list of modes that come on you HVAC remote and what each of them mean and are used for. We hope that you will find this article beneficial so that you will properly be able to operate your HVAC by the time you finish reading this.

Cool Mode

Cool mode is the regular or as some people call it the default mode in which the air conditioner runs depending on the temperature settings you have set your thermostat to. There is potential to save some electricity in this mode it however depends on the temperature you have the air conditioner set on. The ideal temperature for thermal comfort is twenty-five centigrade.

Fan Mode

When your air conditioner is set on fan mode the fan runs continuously and the compressor is cut off. This will obviously save you a lot of energy because the compressor is not running. The AC compressor is the most energy-consuming component of the air conditioner, however when the fan is cut on and the compressor is cut off there is no cooling going on. The fan basically just provides circulation inside your home.

Dry Mode

There are a couple of days during the year when comfort in your home just seems unachievable due to high humidity. This tends to happen more if you are located in a city that is closer to the sea. During those days just by removing the humidity you can notice a change in the comfort level of your home and running the air conditioner in dry mode will help remove the extra humidity that is lingering in the air. When the air conditioner is on dry mode the fan runs at a low speed and the compressor is on just for a smaller duration of time. Don’t however expect your air conditioner to blow a lot of cool air out on this mode though because this mode is just to dry the air out and not actually cool it.

Energy Or Power Save Mode

The energy or power save mode is the biggie that most people want to know about. In cool mode the compressor shuts off when the temperature reaches the set level but the fan continues to run. In energy or power saving mode even the fan will shut off, so since the fan is not running continuously it is a given that it saves a little bit of energy. We tend to get asked a lot here at Anderson Air Corps about the comfort level changing when the AC is in power save mode and there is nothing for you to worry about. The comfort level in your home should remain exactly the same matter of fact you shouldn’t even notice that your cooling system is set to power save mode.

Hopefully we have provided you with some information that will help you when it comes to setting your air conditioning system on a mode. If you have any more questions we would be more than happy to help just contact us here at Anderson Air Corps.

Anderson Heating And Cooling

Here at Anderson heating and cooling we feel that it is very important to recognize our team of highly trained technicians because if it weren’t for them we would not be where we are today and neither would cooling systems. They are what keep air conditioning systems improving because they are able to develop new ways and techniques to cool homes while saving money.

We offer many different services here and would be more than happy to have you as a customer. Our team here at Anderson is highly trained and has the knowledge to help you fix whatever problem you may have concerning your air conditioning system. To schedule a service or to just get some more information about air conditioners just give us a call.


DIY Air Conditioner Maintenance

Taking care of your air conditioner unit is important to keep your family comfortable. Summer temperatures can reach triple digits in some places making it very important that your air conditioning system is ready to face those high temperatures. When you have performed regular maintenance on your air conditioner, it can perform as you need it to.

While we here at Anderson will gladly perform your annual maintenance, there are a few simple DIY air conditioner maintenance tasks you can do at home to help your air conditioning unit perform as it should. These simple steps can help make a difference in whether you’re home stays cool or you have problems this summer.

Change Filters

One of the simplest and most forgotten steps of DIY air conditioner maintenance is to change out the air filters on a regular basis. This simple step helps your system run more efficiently and helps you breathe easier.

This is your first line of defense against pollution in your indoor air. By changing out the filter on a regular basis you can prevent the allergens from floating around your home. It also helps your air conditioner system run easier as when the filters are blocked the system has to work harder to cool your home.

Clean Condenser

When you’re working outside make sure to clean out around your unit. Check your outdoor unit and clean out debris, dirt, sticks and leaves from around the unit. When these items surround the unit it is hard to get the necessary air it needs to cool your home. This makes the unit work harder than it should have to. This DIY air conditioner maintenance task does not need any technology and can be part of your gardening tasks.

Rinse Off Unit

You can easily rinse off the condenser unit and the condenser coils by turning off the unit and spraying it down. Be sure you take that step to turn off the power to the unit so you are safe during this clean up. Again this This DIY air conditioner maintenance is simple to do.

Supply Grills

Don’t forget to check around the supply grills in your home. This is where your air conditioning system sends your cold air into the home. You want to make sure they are cleaned off and not blocked by rugs or anything similar. You need to clean around them if there’s any dust or debris on the ceiling or the grills themselves. This will help to keep the dust and dirt blown around your home down to a minimum.

This DIY air conditioner maintenance task is also simple to undertake, but may need a few tools. All the tools such as brushes or air blowers are all available in any hardware shop.

HVAC Maintenance

While there are plenty of DIY air conditioner maintenance steps you can do at your home to make sure your system runs smoothly, calling in a professional for air conditioning maintenance is also advised. Our team here at Anderson can assist you with more detailed inspections and cleaning of the unit on items such as the evaporator coils, and testing the lines. This is important to have done annually to make sure your air conditioning system is at its peak efficiency at all times.

As you can see there are several This DIY air conditioner maintenance tasks you can do at home that are simple steps in keeping your air conditioner system running smoothly. These steps may not seem like much at first but they can mean the difference in a comfortable home and one that the system is struggling to keep up. Debris and dirt can wreak havoc on the system when it’s causing it to work harder than it should have to.

Keep the areas around the outside unit clean and free of debris. Always remember to change out the air filters to give your system a fresh start each month. Keep an eye on the supply grates to make sure they are not blocked by items in your home or that they are not dirty and dusty.

Upgrading Your Thermostat

Carrier Programmable ThermostatEven though every home is equipped with a thermostat that does not mean that the controls receive a great deal of attention. Many people don’t really think of their thermostat unless they go to change the temperature inside their home. A thermostat is just a simple appliance that has a big effect on your homes comfort and energy savings. With technology advancing, better thermostats are being introduced that will save you more energy. If you are considering upgrading your thermostat there are a few things that you should consider. Our team at Anderson Air Corps can help you learn more about temperature controls and thermostat devices. Read on below for more information.

What type of Thermostat Do You Want?

Before you establish what type of thermostat you want, you first need to make sure that your current one is not managing your HVAC properly. Why would you need to know if it is not working properly? Well, if the thermostat you have currently is not managing your HVAC properly then that type should be the first to be marked off your list. If the only reason you are replacing your thermostat is because it is broken or you want it to match everything inside your home you generally are probably thinking about just installing a manual thermostat. Most homeowners are used to manual thermostats so when they go to upgrade to a new one they tend to want to stick with the manual one because they already know how to operate it.

Programmable Thermostats

If you are really serious about upgrading your thermostat it would be a great time to consider installing a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats have been proven to be energy savers and they will allow you to make automatic changes to your heating and air.

Will the Thermostat Work With Your HVAC System?

Many thermostat manufacturers work hard and try their best to make all thermostats compatible with all types of HVAC systems, however that is a very difficult task and not all thermostats will work with all HVAC systems. If you are planning on upgrading your thermostat it is important that you look through your owners manual or give us at Anderson Air a call to make sure that the thermostat you are considering purchasing will work with your HVAC system. Our employees here would be more than happy to assist you with any questions that you may have when it comes to making sure the thermostat you want will work with your HVAC system. It is also extremely important that you know how to operate the thermostat you are considering buying. If you do not know the proper way to operate your thermostat then it can end up costing you tons of money on electric bills and damaging your HVAC system.

What Features Do You Want?

The last thing to consider when purchasing a new thermostat is what features you want and how you need to go about buying it. There are a ton of different thermostats on the market today and each one offers a variety of different features.

Do you want a thermostat that has multiple sensors that will balance the temperature in your home? Or do you want a programmable thermostat that will be able to hold different temperature settings for every day of the week? You definitely want a thermostat that will save energy because that will only save you money, but the rest is up to you.

How Should You Buy One?

After most people have picked out their thermostat the next question is how do you go about buying one? That is the simple part. It does not matter whether you purchase one from a single manufacturer or not, that choice is solely up to you.

You should contact us here at Anderson Air to come and upgrade it for you as we are your local HVAC experts. Our technicians here will make sure that it is installed correctly and also make sure that you know the correct way to operate it so that you can save money. We are always eager to help our customers so never hesitate to give us a call or visit us on the web to schedule a new upgrade on your thermostat.