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It's a fact that heating and cooling makes up the largest chunk of most of the average energy bill. The good news it with a small investment starting at as little as $99 you can save thousands on annual heating and cooling costs. Regardless of what kind of HVAC system you have, you can save money without sacrificing comfort by installing a programmable thermostat.

Increased Energy-Efficient

How would you like to save up to 33% on your energy bills without sacrificing comfort? A basic programmable thermostat comes with preset temperature settings for different times of the day. A lower temperature when the rooms are unoccupied will use less energy which will lead to savings on your energy bill.

Advanced Technology

If you’re a technology buff or just like the thought of a large, easy to use touchscreen, some of the latest models offer greater control, easy programming, and access via your computer or smartphone.

Precise Temperature Control

A digital thermostat can be programmed to lower the temperature when rooms are empty, which saves you money. Additionally, it can be set so it automatically raises the temperature when rooms are occupied.

The heating and air conditioning experts at Maxwell Plumb will install your new thermostat, show you how to program it correctly. So call Maxwell Plumb Today and start saving right away!
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According to the U.S. Department of Energy in the typical New York area building, 40 percent of energy consumed is for heating and cooling. To help you lower these costs as much as possible, Maxwell Plumb have put together a few tips to lower the amount your spend to keep your building cool while still being comfortable.

1. Locate and Seal Air Leaks - Locate air leaks around windows, doors and electrical outlets by burning a match stick while running the HVAC fan. Weather-stripping is an easy and low cost fix that can cut up to 15 percent or more off cooling costs.

2. Switch to CFL or LED Lights - Conventional incandescent bulbs emit a lot of heat. You will keep rooms cooler with energy-efficient light bulbs while saving electricity over the long term.

3. Use Curtains and Blinds - Keep south- and west-facing curtains and blinds closed on hot days and opened during cool evenings.

4. Unplug Electronics - TVs, appliances, and computers that are turned off can still suck power out of outlets. Unplug electronics that are not in use. Use smart strips to make this easier.

5. Use Programmable Thermostats - Program the thermostat to turn air conditioning off when the household is away to help save up to 10 percent on your cooling costs. Make sure that the thermostat is located on an inside wall, away from drafts.

6. Insulate Attic Access Points - Insulated covers are available for attic doors, hatches and pull-down stairs. Adequate insulation can cut heating and cooling cuts by 10 percent or more.

7. Ventilate Attics - Ventilation fans help prevent the sun’s heat from building up in the attic.

9. Check the Air Ducts - Sealing and insulating the building's duct distribution system enhances the cooling system’s efficiency.

10. Schedule Maintenance - Arrange for regular maintenance to keep your air-conditioning system operating at peak efficiency.
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The ABCs of Energy Efficiency In Heating and Cooling

For most building managers energy efficiency and lower utility bills are at the top of the list when deciding on a new furnace or air conditioner.

When researching heating and cooling systems you're likely to run across a lot of industry alphabet soup. While these acronyms can be bit confusing at first, they're meant to provide a simple scale to compare which systems that offer the highest efficiency and lowest energy costs.

Here are two of the most common measurements of energy efficiency.

SEER Ratings

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a measure of efficiency for air conditioners. A high SEER number means more energy efficiency, and lower cost to operate. All new air conditioners have a 13.0 SEER rating or better. The most efficient systems can achieve SEER ratings over 20.

AFUE Ratings

For gas furnaces, the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating is a common measure of energy use and efficiency. The AFUE rating tells you how much of the fuel used by your furnace is used to actually heat your home and how much is wasted. The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the efficiency. For example, a 90% furnace creates heat, 90% of which is used directly by the home with 10% lost, generally as a result of venting. Some newer gas furnaces have an AFUE rating that exceeds 98%.
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Air balancing is the testing and adjusting HVAC systems to deliver the right amount of air to each area of a building. To determine the performance of your air conditioning and heating system air balancing hoods are used to measure the amount of air at each air register. Manometers then measure system pressure. Hygrometers can be used to measure system temperature and humidity. The results of the tests are used to determine how well your HVAC system is working.

By understanding which sections of a building have positive and negative airflow, steps can be taken to ensure that the air delivery system is properly configured to ensure that the heating and cooling system is able to operate as efficiently as possible to ensure that the air is properly balanced throughout the building.
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Wednesday, 18 December 2013 09:15

The Advantages of Programmable Thermostats

The Advantages of Programmable Thermostats

As the brains of your HVAC system, your thermostat is only as good as the program it's running. In recent years, programmable thermostats have become very popular, and business owners have been making the switch from traditional to programmable programmable.

The main benefits of a programmable thermostat are:

Complete Control

Programmable thermostats offer the power to achieve the perfect temperature settings. For example, a digital thermostat can be programmed to increase the temperature while your building is unoccupied, and then automatically decreases the temperature so the building will be cool and comfortable when occupied. By enabling tenants to set the temperature however they wish, programmable thermostats are great for those who want to tweak their temperature settings as finely as possible.

Energy Savings

The upgrade to a programmable thermostat in an investment that will recoup its cost in a short period of time. When properly programmed, a digital thermostat will enable business owners to use significantly less energy. Whether the goal is to save money or to reduce the unit's impact on the environment, programmable thermostats can go a long way toward reducing energy consumption.


Some models of programmable thermostats have controllers that allow them to be accessed from remote locations. By accessing the device via a smart phone you can save trips to the building to change heating or cooling settings. For commercial property managers, this convenience is one of the greatest advantages of programmable thermostats.

Even if your current thermostat is operating well, you may wish to make the switch to take advantage of all that programmable thermostats have to offer. For answers to all your heating and cooling questions, call Maxwell, we'll show you how easy it is to save energy with a programmable thermostat.

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  • Maxwell Plumb Does Your Home Need a Dehumidifier? Written by Maxwell Plumb

    During a typical New York summer the air can be hot and muggy outside, which can mean excess moisture inside. Excessive indoor humidity is not just uncomfortable, it can lead to unhealthy mold, musty odors and condensation that can damage wood surfaces and paint.

    In today's tight, well insulated homes, excess moisture can make your air conditioner work harder to keep the air cool and dry. To help keep the air dryer, a dehumidifier can be an effective solution.

    How does a dehumidifier work?
    As warm, humid air is blown across a cold coil by a fan, moisture condenses into liquid, which can be removed through a drain pipe. The dry air then passes over a warm coil and is added back into the room. Dehumidifiers are controlled by an instrument called a dehumidistat, which turns the unit on and off depending on the amount of moisture detected in the air. The level of moisture is controlled by a dehumidistat, which turns the unit on and off. A dehumidifier's capacity is measured in pints of water removed every 24 hours.

    Carrier Whole Home Dehumidifers
    A whole house dehumidifier is designed to work in conjunction with your home's heating and air conditioning system by monitoring and controlling the level of humidity. It operates quietly and is easily maintained by cleaning a filter.

    Have questions about controlling excess humidity in your home? Call Maxwell Plumb, we're here to help.

    Written on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 06:52 in Maxwell Plumb Blog
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